Cultural historian and professor David Hajdu joins Sean in discussing the history of the Comics Code Authority. They discuss how the organization was formed, what were some of the first rules for comics from the Comics Code Authority, why it was decided to self-regulate rather than an outside body, and what lasting effects the formation of the Comics Code Authority has today.
They also talk about the upcoming film in development that’s based on David’s book The Ten-Cent Plague, David’s own comic book origin story, and what comics Sean and the listeners are reading.
ABOUT THE GUEST
David Hajdu is an award-winning cultural historian, critic, and novelist. His books include The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America and A Revolution in Three Acts, a work of graphic nonfiction with art by John Carey. He is a professor at Columbia University and a member of the National Council on the Humanities. His first published work was an original comic strip, The Endless Odyssey of Skip Toomaloo, published in his high-school newspaper.
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