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The 1950s are often portrayed as a period of social cohesion, why is this misleading?

When one thinks of cohesion ideas such as unity come to mind. The roll of comics during this time is anything but unified. When comics were first released they had little to no restrictions on what would be put into the story. There were gruesome scenes and other graphic situations. To the readers the creativity of the artist and writers was something that helped create comics as an art form. With little limits, there was heavy competition between comic creators to think of new and exciting ideas for the reader.
This all changed in 1948 when the comics code authority was instituted. This self regulated organization drastically limited what could be put into comics. The reason for this was to protect the youth that might be influenced by reading graphic materials. Overnight comics seemed to loose their excitement. The creators were constantly fighting the CCA over what could be put into the strips. This caused a decrease in productivity undermining the cohesion of the art. Comics were harder and harder to produce and less people were reading them. This continued through multiple decades. Even after a revision in 1954, there were still harsh limitations on what could be published.
Today there are still regulations but they are much more lenient than in the 1950s. I believe that creators should be able to express their own vision in comics. I do not believe that comic books will corrupt and destroy the minds of the young readers. In addition it is up to the individuals parents to decide what their child reads. All in all, regulation of comics holds the creators back from creating original ideas.


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