This week marks the 60th anniversary of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s hearings to investigate whether comics caused juvenile delinquency, and to consider regulating the industry. No legislation ultimately resulted, but comics publishers did form the self-regulating Comics Code Authority to appease parents and lawmakers.

Prior to the hearings, EC Comics publisher—and later founder of Mad magazine—Bill Gaines ran the above ad poking fun at would-be censors in several of his titles. This assured him a less-than-warm welcome when he volunteered to testify before the subcommittee. Read more here…

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