Friday, October 4, 2013

"Gal" Friday! Brenda Starr

In lieue of a traditional "gal" Friday this week, I'm recommending that everyone give this book a read:

Before Fredric Wertham and The Seduction of the Innocent (SOTI), before the Kefauver Hearings, and before the infamous Comics Code, the comic book racks at local drug stores and newsstands boasted a plethora of delights highlighted by the good girl adventures of the comic book version of Brenda Starr. These four-color wonders displayed all the finer things loved by comic books buyers: good girls, bondage, a little torture, and other exciting things, which adults thought would corrupt the morals of young and impressionable readers (Brenda Starr cover art was even used as an example in SOTI). Now for the first time in over fifty years comics fans can read and own these rare comics from another era, digitally restored to perfection and presented in an archival hardcover. In addition to presenting all of the Brenda Starr stories, this reprint also boasts all of the scintillating back-up features found in these books as well. WARNING! These stories are not for the faint of heart! This volume collects the first eight issues of the Superior Comics Brenda Starr Pre-Code comics with lovely art by Jack Kamen and Matt Baker, complete with a historical essay and other documentary material.

Brenda Starr: the Complete Pre-Code Comics Volume One: Good Girls, Bondage, and Other Fine Things from Hermes Press, retails for a measly $60.

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