Nights of Horror

I’m in between edits on book number two and am trying to wash my brain out by writing a new short story which is tied to the subject of comics books from the 50s-60s. During some research (yes, I occasionally do research) I stumbled across mention of a strange comic from the 50s called “Nights of Horror”. To quote the wikipedia article:

Nights of Horror is an American series of fetish comic books, created in 1954 by publisher Malcla… The stories are based on situations of BDSM, bondage, torture, and sexual slavery, featuring both men and women as the tormentors and victims. The series was important in the conviction of Jack Koslow in 1954, during the trial of the Brooklyn Thrill Killers. The books themselves were seized and banned first by New York City, then by the State of New York for violating obscenity laws, and the case went to the Supreme Court of the United States.

And here’s the twist: the book’s artist was none other than Joe Shuster, co-creator of Superman. And, as the wiki continues to mention…

Some of the characters in Nights of Horror even look like Shuster’s Superman character drawings, such as Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Jimmy Olsen, even Clark Kent.

So, if you’ve wanted to see Lois Lane ball-gagged and tied to a radiator (or Jimmy Olsen—I don’t judge) track down an issue. (Apparently they’re almost impossible to find.)

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