There’s a reason they’re called the funny books!
Mainstay comic Tales From The Crypt gets political this week by putting Republican running mate Sarah Palin on the cover. In case you can’t read the fine print, the Alaska Governor’s swinging a hockey club at the witches and shrieking, “Didn’t we get rid of you guys in the 50s?” That’s a reference to Congress’ attempts to censor comic books, especially Tales, back in the 1950s.
Tales‘ editorial team says they chose this cover specifically for Palin’s attempts to ban books from her local library in Wasilla, Alaska. Some of the books were of the gay variety.
The cover is a jab at Palin’s reported brush with banning books at the Wasilla public library during her time as mayor of the town, says Jim Salicrup, editor-in-chief of Papercutz, the publisher of the comic.
“Anything that touches on banning books and censorship we’re very sensitive about at ‘Tales of the Crypt,'” said Salicrup. “When there were reports that Gov. Palin – back when she was mayor of Wasilla – looked into banning books at the library, that’s what caught our attention. We felt we had to say something.”
Some are dismissing the Palin cover as nothing more than a gimmick meant to sell issues, which is no doubt true, but – c’mon! Who doesn’t want that?!