MAD Magazine Issue #1: A National Comic Book Day & Banned Books Week Two-for-One
From the series: Committee Papers, 1816 - 2011. Records of the U.S. Senate, 1789 - 2011.
The National Archives has a copy of issue #1 of MAD magazine. This copy of the famous satirical comic book is a permanent federal record, and was submitted to a Senate subcommittee on juvenile delinquency as evidence of comics’ corrupting influence on young people.
For three days, experts testified on whether or not comic books were “printed poison” for young people. The hearings created so much bad press for the comics industry that it created the Comics Code Authority to self-regulate the content of their comic books.
MAD's publisher, EC Comics, would eventually reformat the publication as a magazine in order to avoid the CCA restrictions.
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