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Scenes Dealing with Walking Dead, Torture, Vampires

In midtwentieth-century America, the appetite for comics was astounding. As many as a hundred million books were sold each month. Whereas the comics of the forties starred talking animals and muscle-bound superheroes, the fifties saw the rise of comics that grew darker and stranger. One publisher, Entertaining Comics (EC), altered the landscape of American pop culture with its twisted, vividly illustrated forays into genre: science fiction, horror, mysteries, suspense, war stories. Readers devoured EC’s gruesome tales, but the golden age of crypt-keepers and space dinosaurs was short-lived. In 1954, the Comics Magazine Association of America—besieged by obscenity trials, comic-book burnings, and claims that comics caused juvenile delinquency—established the infamous Comics Code. One criterion of the Code prohibited “scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with walking dead, Read the rest

You Can Blow a Kiss to the Real St. Valentine

You Can Blow a Kiss to the Real St. Valentine

The relics of Saint Valentine.

 That’s right, there really was a flesh-and-blood Italian behind the kitsch holiday we’ve got today, and he went by the name of Saint Valentine. Unfortunately for Valentine, however, the day-turned-holiday marked his tragic end, as the martyr was clubbed to death in Rome on February 14th, 269 AD.… Read the rest

Welp, Here’s a Bunch of GIFs of Famous Clowns

Like bees and some leafy green vegetables, clowns are the kind of thing you’re too damn old to be afraid of at this point. GIF artists 100% Soft, Robin Eisenberg, Jon Vermilyea, Mochimochiland, Colin Raf, and Jess Mac all, on some level, must know this, for their looping clown animations roam free in that liminal space between waking life and dreams, where big red noses, white skin, chattering teeth, and bloody kitchen knives, are common. Some science actually suggests coulrophobia comes from a learned desire to keep things status quo—meaning your “fear of clowns” stems from how desperate you are to fit in. A cursory glance over the comments on the new IT trailer attest to this: You’re not afraid of clowns, you’re just afraid … Read the rest