Monday, December 21, 2009

A Christmas Panic!

MAD magazine may be on the ropes today, but at one time, it was popular enough to spawn a host of imitators. In 1953, Bill Gaines decided to have EC Comics publish their own MAD knock-off, an even more risque magazine he titled PANIC. EC was already known for stirring up trouble amongst uptight 1950's America, and Panic #1 followed in that fine, nose-tweaking tradition on two fronts. The first story in the issue, a parody of Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer, caused a furor by revealing the tough-as-nails P.I. to be a transvestite, but the second story got the issue "banned" in Massachusetts for "desecrating Christmas". Yes, Virginia, the "War on Christmas" was being waged by pill-popping funnybook publishers as far back as 1953! Yep, this one fifty-seven year old comic book story that poops all over Clement Clark Moore's "A Christmas Carol" will no doubt ruin Christmas for you forever, so read with caution! (offer void in Massachusetts)

"The Night Before Christmas"
Script:Albert B. Feldstein Pencils:Bill Elder
Story scanned from PANIC #1 (Reprint), Gemstone Publishing (March 1997)

Merry Christmas from Again With the Comics! Seeya next year!

1 comment:

Mego Thor said...

Ho, ho, ho! Merry Christmas to Brian and the usual gang of idiots at Again With the Comics!