Literature Calculated to Encourage Depravity Part II - Banned Comics: 1937 - 1959
Part II in an unlimited series.
The two questions that are often asked in regards to the banning of comics within Australia is why were they banned, and what titles were banned. The answer to the first question isn’t as difficult as it might seem. Comics were banned for two main reasons; the first reason was due to the practice of American publishers using countries like Australia as a dumping ground for overstock and the second, which we’ll shortly come to, was more obvious.
Monthly Love Story Magazine, New Adventure Comics, Popular Comics, Popular Sports, Popular Western, Quick Trigger Western, Real Western, Red Seal Western, Silver Streak Comics, Six-gun Western, Sky Aces, Sky Devils, Sky Fighters, Sky Raiders, Smashing Western, Spur Western, Star Sports, Startling Stories, Super Comics, Sweetheart Stories, Texas Rangers, Thrilling Adventure, Thrilling Love, Thrilling Ranch Stories, Thrilling Western, Tip Top Comic, True Confessions, True Experiences, True Love and Romances, True Romances, True Story, Twelve Adventure Stories, Two gun Western, Wags, Western Aces and Wings were placed on the prohibited list, along with all western, romance, fiction, adventure, sports and more. All comics, comic strips and art were totally prohibited. Banned magazine included Vogue, Colliers, Saturday Evening Post, Esquire and more. The ban was a blanket ban and complete.