The Horror! The Horror! Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!
The Horror! The Horror!
Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read!
By Jim Trombetta
Introduction by Stine R.L.
  • Imprint: Abrams ComicArts
  • Publication Date: November 1, 2010
  • Price: $29.95
  • Trim Size: 7 34 x 10 34
  • ISBN: 0-8109-5595-4
  • EAN: 9780810955950
  • Page Count: 304
  • Illustrations: 300 full-color illustrations
  • Format: Paperback
  • Rights: World/All

The Horror! The Horror! uncovers a rare treasury of some of the most important and neglected stories in American literature—the pre-Code horror comics of the 1950s. These outrageous comic book images, censored by Congress in an infamous televised U.S. Senate subcommittee investigating juvenile delinquency in 1954, have rarely been seen since they were first published—and are revealed once again in all of their eye-popping glory. Jim Trombetta, in his commentary and informative text, provides a detailed history and context for these stories and their creators, spinning a tale of horror and government censorship as scary as the stories themselves.

Bonus DVD--Confidential File, a rare 25-minute TV show that first aired on October 9, 1955, about the "evils" of comic books and their effect on juvenile delinquency is included with the book.

Please note that the enclosed DVD begins with a 58-second test pattern, followed by the tv show.

Praise for The Horror! The Horror!:

"In addition to offering a generous helping of controversial comics . . . Trombetta's book provides insightful history."
-New York Times Book Review


About the author

Jim Trombetta has been a Shakespearean scholar, a reporter and editor for Crawdaddy, the Los Angeles Times, and other publications, and a writer of numerous TV shows, including Miami Vice, The Flash, and Star Trek. He lives in Los Angeles.


R. L. Stine is the bestselling author of hundreds of horror novels, including the Goosebumps and Fear Street series.