Virtual San Diego Comic-Con 2020: ‘EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest (Comics Culture)’ Wins ‘Best Academic/ Scholarly Work’ at 2020 Eisner Awards

July 25, 2020

Congratulations to Qiana Whitted on her Eisner Award win in the Best Academic/ Scholarly Work category for her work in EC Comics: Race, Shock, and Social Protest (Comics Culture).

From the book’s summary, “Entertaining Comics Group (EC Comics) is perhaps best-known today for lurid horror comics like Tales from the Crypt and for a publication that long outlived the company’s other titles, Mad magazine. But during its heyday in the early 1950s, EC was also an early innovator in another genre of comics: the so-called “preachies,” socially conscious stories that boldly challenged the conservatism and conformity of Eisenhower-era America.

EC Comics examines a selection of these works—sensationally-titled comics such as “Hate!,” “The Guilty!,” and “Judgment Day!”—and explores how they grappled with the civil rights struggle, antisemitism, and other forms of prejudice in America. Putting these socially aware stories into conversation with EC’s better-known horror stories, Qiana Whitted discovers surprising similarities between their narrative, aesthetic, and marketing strategies. She also recounts the controversy that these stories inspired and the central role they played in congressional hearings about offensive content in comics.

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