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Bad, wicked, naughty Zoot! April 20, 2010

Posted by vorpalkeith in Comic News.
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“It is a naughty comic book!”


Apparently a kid was given an out-of-print comic book (The Spectre #9, from 1987) that contained both violence and nudity. You know . . . breasts, boobs, jugs, tits, knockers, fun bags, naughty pillows, hooters, boobies, gazongas, headlights, jobblies, mammaries, melons, yaboos, zambonies, window displays, tracks o’ land, radio dials, sweater puppies. We’re talking about BAZUNGAS here people!

Oh, the humanity! How will society ever recover? Won’t someone please think of the children!?!

How could this possibly have happened! Well, the mom asked ABC News 4 to “take action”. Taking action in this case one can only assume involves throwing holy water on the child and organizing a local book burning (it would be hilarious if it hadn’t happened throughout the bulk of the 1950s, read The Ten Cent Plague).

I love the sense of faux outrage that our reporters display. How dare someone ever draw a naked lady in a comic book? Let’s ignore for the moment that the central character of this book is the Angel of God’s Wrath, shall we?

Most of all I really like the child’s obviously coached interview answer. “I seen a naked lady and I got mad.” Really? REALLY?!?!? Cause I’m pretty sure that at ten years old I’d have loved to have seen naked ladies. At twenty six I still do.

Don’t get me wrong. The store did screw up marketing it in a children’s aisle and they should have kept better track of the appropriateness of their merchandise. I’m sure they learned the lesson the first time it was brought up. But why do I feel this isn’t over?

We live in a society where a simple retailer can be persecuted and potentially jailed for not knowing the content of every panel of every comic in his shop. I’m speaking of course about the case of comic book retailer Gordon Lee.

Quote from the CBLDF page:

“In October 2004 Gordon Lee, the owner of Legends comic shop in Rome, Georgia, participated in a trick-or-treat event in downtown Rome, passing out free comics. Among the thousands of comics passed out was a copy of Alternative Comics #2, a Free Comic Book Day anthology from publisher Alternative Comics. The book included an excerpt from Nick Bertozzi’s graphic novel The Salon, which depicted the first meeting between Georges Braque and Pablo Picasso. On three of the excerpt’s eight pages, Picasso is depicted painting in the nude. The content is merely illustrative of a moment in history, and is not sexualized in any way.

The book, allegedly, was accidentally distributed to a minor, whose parents filed a complaint with police. When confronted by police, Lee admitted the alleged distribution was a mistake and offered to make a public apology, but the apology was rejected and Lee was arrested days later.”

That’s right, kids. The concept of thought crime is alive and well in the US of A. Allow me to stretch the hyperbole earlier when I recommend you set the temperature on your ovens to 451.

Sorry to be so smug about it, but I can’t see this as a completely forgettable situation. It’s happened before, and it will happen again. Any censorship that isn’t self-censorship is a dangerous road. That’s why I support the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund financially. That’s why I will support any group that attempts to protect the First Amendment.

“Bad, wicked, naughty Zoot! She is a bad person and she must pay the penalty. And here in Castle Anthrax, we have but one punishment. You must tie her down on a bed and spank her! Come! You must spank her well and after you have spanked her you may deal with her as you like and then… spank me.”

– Monty Python and the Holy Grail, The Tale of Sir Galahad



1. Christian Kocinski - April 21, 2010

I think I have experienced something similar to this… of course it didn’t taken to the extent that it did, but threats were made.

2. vorpalkeith - April 22, 2010

You simply shouldn’t be corrupting the minds of our young people, Christian.

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