chapter  7
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EAGLE AND THE MORALITY OF VISUAL NARRATIVES

This protest, by the Revd Marcus Morris, was occasioned by the return of American horror comics after the Second World War, along with British imitations such as the Thrill Comics issued by Gerald C. Swan from 1940 onwards. Their stock characters were bleeding heads, giant worms and skeletons with glaring eyes, who frequently menaced barely clad women: their illustrations used lurid colour and crude perspective. They followed the American comic-book convention in being self-contained, single issues rather than regular weekly numbers with recurrent strips featuring familiar characters, like the more traditional British comics of the twenties and thirties.