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Controversial Comics

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  • Racist WWII propaganda
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  • Controversial cover art depicting a soldier decapitating his enemy
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  • Cover art depicts an offensive interpretation of the Spirit's sidekick
  • Premiere issue of the Will Eisener series with cover art by Lou Fine
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  • 1st comic book produced in full by black creators including writers, artists and the publisher
  • As quoted by editor Orrin C. Evans "every brush stroke and pen line in the drawings on these pages are by Negro artists"
  • Inside back cover has an advertisement for #2 but it was never published due to vendor refusal
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  • Cover art depicting women with breasts exposed
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  • Cover art depicting extreme violence and hard-drug abuse
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  • Cover art depicting child drug abuse
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  • Banned cover art that bleakly suggests humanity is nothing but a puppet show performed by ghoulish parental archetypes where the father is brainless and the mother is sadistic
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  • Cover art depicting graphic horror
  • One of nine comics banned by Congress
  • One of many examples during this era of an eye injury that adds value to a cover similar to: 'headlights' 'bondage' 'Nazis' and other recurring taboos
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  • Highly collectible hilarity
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  • Highly collectible hilarity
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  • Controversial cover due to the marquee behind Stilt-Man clearly reading 'Asspain'
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  • Racially insensitive story where Lois utilizes some technology that changes her race so she can experience life as a black woman
  • Comic is titled, "I Am Curious (BLACK)!'
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  • Classic cover art by Neal Adams
  • Pioneering story arc dealing with socially relevant topics such as drug addiction which led to more realism and relatable characters stories in comics
  • Mr. Adams and Mr. O'Neal won a Shazam Award in 1971 for "Best Individual Story" and were recognized by NYC mayor, John Lindsay in a letter he wrote to DC (printed in issue #86)
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  • Classic story featuring Speedy's heroin addiction
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  • One-shot by Spire Christian Comics
  • Scarce $0.39 cent price variant
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  • Recalled Ed Gein cover
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  • Banned issue within the 25 part maxi-series 'The Cursed Earth'
  • 'Burger Wars' infringed on multiple food chain trademarks including Ronald McDonald depicted as a violent gang member
  • As of 2016, the 30 year ban has been lifted allowing reprinted material
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  • Anniversary of the Avengers 200th issue
  • Controversial issue: Carol Danvers is "used" and becomes pregnant by a man who turns out to be the same person to whom she gives birth
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  • Controversial story
  • Sleez, an alien from Apokolips, nearly succeeds in using mind-control to produce a sex-tape for Grossman Pictures starring Superman and Big Barda
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  • 1st appearance of Snowflame, a cocaine-powered supervillain
  • Quote: "Cocaine is my god, and I am the human instrument of its will"
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  • Cover art by Jackson Guice uses the likeness of Christian singer Amy Grant who sued Marvel fearing her being associated with the occult would damage her reputation
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  • Includes a twelve-page, sequential art story titled 'The Wall' that unintentionally predicts Donald Trump's controversial US/Mexico border wall (July 1990)
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  • Early cover art by Alex Ross with hidden message along the right-hand side that reads "Now Comix Bloz"
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  • Cover art deemed intentionally inappropriate by some
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  • Northstar announces his sexual identity as gay
  • Wild Child becomes Weapon Omega
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  • Controversial issue that depicts sacred Native American icons in a violent misrepresentation causing Hopi councilmen to demand a recall of the issue which Marvel agreed to but many remained in the market
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  • Controversial comic moment that depicts She-Hulk jump-roping naked for the first several pages
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  • Scarce biographical series featuring famous serial killers (Jeffery Dahmer)
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  • Scarce biographical series featuring famous serial killers (John Wayne Gacy)
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  • Death of Alex DeWitt
  • Controversial Issue: Major Force murders and dismembers Green Lantern's (Rayner) girlfriend, Alexandra DeWitt and hides her remains in the refrigerator for him to find
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  • Uncensored edition of 'God vs The Devil': * uncensored version has a blank logo (indica box) in the upper left whereas the censored version reads "God Is Good"
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  • Recalled due to a lawsuit between Cabbage Comics and Hooters for illegally using the company's name
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  • Recalled issue due to a racial slur printed in the dialogue
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  • Recalled issue due to mature content
  • One-shot preview of 'The Matrix' movie intended to be distributed as promotional material
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  • Recalled comic due to the 'Letitia Lerner, Superman's Babysitter' story where a mischievous Superbaby finds its way into a microwave
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  • Recalled issue due to a parody advertisement of a feminine hygiene product called 'Marvel Miracle Douche'
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  • Recalled issue due to a hidden message drawn by Al Milgrom onto the spines of a stack of books that reads: Bob Harras (Marvel editor) Ha ha He's Gone Good Riddance To Bad Rubbish He Was A Nasty S.O.B.
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  • Controversial cover with an odd choice of words
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  • Interior art depicts LexCorp Towers smoldering from an attack with eerie similarities to the visual of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
  • Issue was coincidentally delivered on September 12, 2001 with a statement from DC offering to accept returned books but most retailers declined
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  • Recalled issue due to several shadowy panels of Elektra without clothes
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  • Hard-to-find issue, low print run
  • Rumored to have been recalled due to gratuitous suggested nudity but there is little evidence to back this up
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  • Debut of Pink Kryptonite (has a feminizing affect on Kryptonians as demonstrated by Superman in this issue)
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  • Cover art by Greg Horn
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  • Cameo appearance of legendary artist, Jack Kirby as a god-like creator
  • Some have speculated he is the One-Above-All (not the Celestial version)
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  • Nightwing sexually assaulted by Tarantula
  • Death of Blockbuster (Roland Desmond)
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  • Recalled cover depicting a nude woman
  • 4,000 copies in shrink-wrap black bags were distributed by Dark Horse
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  • Cover art by Sana Takeda with allusions to a sub-genre of Japanese adult entertainment that focuses on tentacled alien aggressors
  • Characters on the cover include Misty Knight, Colleen Wing, Black Cat and Tarantula (Maria Vasquez)
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  • Recalled due to printing error where the black censorship bar covering adult language was transparent enough to see the words that were meant to be left to the imagination
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  • Recalled cover depicts Clark Kent drinking a beer
  • Re-released with Clark Kent drinking a soda pop
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  • Critical backlash stemmed from an alternate reality Wolverine, James Howlett shared a kiss with Hercules
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  • Controversial rape issue
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  • Variant cover art by Milo Manara (1:50)
  • Falsely rumored as being recalled, this variant received heavy criticism for what was called a gratuitously suggestive pose
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  • Controversial storyline that aligned Steve Rogers (created by Jewish-Americans Joe Simon and Jack Kirby) with Hydra, a terrorist organization with ties to the Third Reich
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  • Controversial message embracing Bobbi Morse's outspoken feminism caused the writer Chelsea Cain, a lot of of negative criticism online
  • Scarce, low print run
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  • Controversial issue that resulted in the termination of artist Ardian Syaf who hid religious, political messages in the story art
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  • Cancelled series that Marvel had produced for defense contractor Northrop Grumman
  • Backlash followed a partnership announcement in 2017 by Marvel to provide propaganda for the weapon manufacturer
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  • Second print, only one copy printed
  • Auctioned on eBay for the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
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  • Controversial "Bald Is Beautiful" cover
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  • Recalled anti-Mormon symbolism
  • 1st appearance of Spider-Bot