anyone know what this is from?

"Judgement Day" by EC Comics. From wikipedia:

The story depicted a human astronaut, a representative of the Galactic Republic, visiting the planet Cybrinia inhabited by robots. He finds the robots divided into functionally identical orange and blue races, one of which has fewer rights and privileges than the other. The astronaut decides that due to the robots’ bigotry, the Galactic Republic should not admit the planet. In the final panel, he removes his helmet, revealing himself to be a black man.

Apparently the Comics Code Authority tried to prevent the author from making the main character black.

Boy did they! It took the writer (and the company) threatening the CCA with a lawsuit and telling the guy to fuck off (literally) to get this thing printed: 

Comic Historian Digby Diehl recounted in Tales from the Crypt: The Official Archives:

This really made ‘em go bananas in the Code czar’s office. ‘Judge Murphy was off his nut. He was really out to get us’, recalls [EC editor] Feldstein. ‘I went in there with this story and Murphy says, “It can’t be a Black man”. But … but that’s the whole point of the story!’ Feldstein sputtered. When Murphy continued to insist that the Black man had to go, Feldstein put it on the line. ‘Listen’, he told Murphy, ‘you’ve been riding us and making it impossible to put out anything at all because you guys just want us out of business’. [Feldstein] reported the results of his audience with the czar to Gaines, who was furious [and] immediately picked up the phone and called Murphy. ‘This is ridiculous!’ he bellowed. ‘I’m going to call a press conference on this. You have no grounds, no basis, to do this. I’ll sue you’. Murphy made what he surely thought was a gracious concession. ‘All right. Just take off the beads of sweat’. At that, Gaines and Feldstein both went ballistic. ‘Fuck you!’ they shouted into the telephone in unison. Murphy hung up on them, but the story ran in its original form.[18]

You know, it’s times like this that I am deeply comforted, knowing that history isn’t just everyone being nice and polite and better than the current generation.  Sometimes it really is just people bellowing swear words over the phone to get shit done.

mad-shadow asked:

How excited were you when they announced that marcaline and pb were in fact in a relationship?


Okay here’s the thing.

"They" didn’t "announce" that Marceline and PB were a thing. The voice actress for Marceline, Olivia Olson, who is a delightful person, said at a public event that Pendleton Ward, who created Adventure Time, once told her that Marceline and PB had been a thing, but that they couldn’t show it on TV because in some countries homosexuality is illegal. She later tweeted not to take everything she says at events seriously, then deleted it.

Do I doubt that Pen said that? No, not at all! I’m sure that’s how it is in his mind. The fact is, though, that it isn’t on the show, and it isn’t in the books. It can be the unacknowledged backstory, but unless it’s shown…

I want this as much as you want this, maybe more, and about as much as I don’t want to put my writing Adventure Time books in jeopardy. I’d be thrilled if they said it on the show or let me write it in the books. I know that they were a thing. I know the writers know that they were a thing. What it matters is making it visible, and it isn’t, and while I understand why that is for a million different (bummer) reasons, it’s not “official.”


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