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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Erotica in the Fifties

What was considered porno in the fifties has today a milder name: erotica. I found these two images in a Weekend Pass. Beside the erotic subject, they are finely drawn. They appeared in the mid fifties in a magazine named Nights of Horror. The magazine was considered infamous and the publisher was jailed: they were very serious about such matters. The artist kept low profile and escaped.

Now, comics historian Craig Yoe believes that the artist was Joe Shuster, who had created the Superman in the thirties.

Says the historian, Joe Shuster was at the height of his powers; when he drew that first Superman story, he was still a teenager; this is a mature artist; the compositions are flawless, and there is beauty and grace in these figures.



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