Awesome: EC Comics
- Judge Charles F. Murphy — then the acting head of the Comics Code Authority and widely considered a perfect example of arbitrary Executive Meddling — told Al Feldstein that the CCA wanted EC Comics to change the reveal in the story "Judgment Day"note before Incredible Science Fiction #33 ran. Feldstein noted that changing the astronaut's ethnicity ruined the entire point of the story (and that they had run the same story before with no objections). When the CCA refused to budge despite having no authority to make such a request (nothing about the comic broke any rule listed in the Code), Feldstein went back to William Gaines and told him about the meeting.
A furious Gaines called Murphy, who confirmed the request to alter the comic. Gaines subsequently brought up the idea of holding a press conference and telling everyone that the Comics Code Authority refused to allow the equal depiction of black characters. (While people could still get away with that in 1955, it could've earned Murphy and the CCA some political enemies it didn't need.) As a "concession", Murphy asked Gaines and Feldstein to make one minor change by removing the perspiration from the ambassador's brow.note
Gaines responded with two well-chosen words — "Fuck you!" — at which point Murphy hung up. In another account of the incident, Gaines and Feldstein glanced at each other incredulously, then dropped the F-bomb at him as one before Murphy hung up. EC Comics eventually (re-)ran the story — in its original, unedited form — in what would be the final comic book it ever published.
- Even under all the restrictions of the Comics Code at the height of its power, EC Comics proved it could still make a great story with Impact #1's "Master Race". Given that it was providing a dramatized (if educational) account of the Holocaust, the group also got away with publishing some surprisingly dark subject matter.
- In "The Thing from the Grave", protagonist Jim comes back from the dead to save Laura from his murderer, all on the whim of a promise he made her. He then gives the murderer a fitting punishment: Jim re-buries himself and makes sure the murderer's buried next to him.
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