- Posted by Johanna on October 1, 2008 at 10:33 pm
- Category: Comic News
Tales From the Crypt #8, due out later this month, is jumping on the political comic bandwagon with an alternate cover, shown here. (Click for larger version.)
It features Sarah Palin swinging a hockey stick at the traditional comic hosts — the Crypt-Keeper, the Old Witch, and the Vault-Keeper — while asking, “Didn’t we get rid of you guys in the 50′s?” The cover will appear in a 50/50 ratio with the regular cover. All the issues, regardless of cover, also contain “A Special Editorial” by Cathy Gaines Mifsud, daughter of Bill Gaines, the legendary publisher of MAD magazine and the original Tales From the Crypt.
I admit, I find the message of the press release somewhat contradictory. They say they aren’t taking a stand on “whether or not vice-presidential candidate Governor Sarah Palin explored the possibilities of banning books back when she was mayor of Wasilla, Alaska,” but if she didn’t, there’s no point in using her on the cover, is there? They go on to say:
“Tales from the Crypt is not endorsing any political candidates … nor are we attacking any candidates,” Gaines Mifsud says — but, she adds, Tales does care about freedom and censorship. As Gaines Mifsud points out, the forces of censorship pushed her father to stop publishing Tales and other horror comics. “What usually seems to be behind banning books is an attempt to repress ideas that may offer alternative political views. This is not only un-American — blatantly violating the very concept of free speech — but it is assuming that people are unable to come to their own informed conclusions.”