Wednesday, February 03, 2010


Cheap and nasty, poorly written, badly drawn and painted - US sex, crime, humor and horror comics published under English imprints were readily available to children from sweet shops in UK after the Second World War.

backside to Unwarned published in South London (undated)

A moral panic in both USA and Britain during the early 1950s resulted in censorship.

Humour Variety No. 171, Micron Publications, Sussex (undated post-decimal reprint)

A Christian vicar from Lancashire, Marcus Morris, divined to conceive Eagle for boys and Girl for girls.

Reverend Morris' publications were UK technological revolution in comics. Glossy gravure print demanded high quality colour and black & white artwork for mechanical reproduction. Produced new generation of commercial artists. Only best science fiction writers Arthur C Clarke scripting futurism from shores of Blighty.

In US, sex and crime stories horror, satirical humor - read by beats 'n' hipsters inspired Mad magazine and late 1960s 'Underground' comics or 'comix'.

Hackney-based publisher L Miller produced compilations of lost 1950s horror and humor. Still sold to children in 1969 English backstreet sweet shops when Children of Albion "Poetry of the 'Underground' in Britain" was available on high street paperback stalls and Britain's beat generation had Blake's eyes in their hands.

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