KC’s Bookshelf: Richard Stark’s Parker: The Hunter


by KC Carlson

Richard Stark's Parker the Hunter cover

Crime comics used to be the bread and butter of the industry, long before many of us were born. Beginning in the early 1940s (although newspaper strip Dick Tracy [1931] was an important precursor), these types of stories lasted until they were driven out by crusading psychologists, crazed legislators, and wimpy publishers in the comic book witch hunts of the early 1950s. They were gory, grim, violent, wanton, and celebratory of crime and criminals. Of course, kids loved them! So they were crushed in the name of protecting the young ‘uns – covered up with the postage stamp of the Comics Code, which was your guarantee of bland comics!

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KC Column – Episode 17: The Monchhichis Affair


by KC Carlson

Welcome to my first column at the new Westfield blog. As you can see, we’re still a little busy getting everything presentable – we’re getting all the boxes unpacked and the curtains put up and trying to figure out where the sofa will go. (No… Try over by the Cosmic Treadmill! Hey! Watch out for the – KLANNNGG! – Negative Zone portal!)

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