The Secret History of Comics

Associate Professor Carol Tilley will speak on "The Secret History of Comics" at the Urbana Free Library in celebration of Banned Books Week.

Abstract: In 1954, comic books were put on trial by the United States government a Senate investigation prompted the birth of the Comics Code, a censorship body that shackled the medium for decades. New research by scholar Carol Tilley reveals a secret history behind the trials, including insights into the methods of Dr. Fredric Wertham, whose findings weren't merely faulty, but also fabricated. Go behind the scenes of this fateful moment in comics history with Wertham researcher Carol Tilley (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign) and learn the untold stories of Fredric Wertham, Estes Kefauver, and the kids who tried to fight the tide of the anti-comics momentum.


Lewis Auditorium, The Urbana Free Library, 210 W. Green St., Urbana, IL

Event Date: 

Sat, 09/27/2014 -
2:00pm to 3:00pm

If you will need disability-related accommodations in order to participate, please email the contact person. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time to meet your access needs.