Truth, Justice, the American Way, and Bondage

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“In 1954, his eyesight failing and work hard to come by, (Superman co-creator Joe Shuster) accepted an invitation to illustrate the lurid stories that were to fill the pages of a magazine called Nights of Horror. Promising its readers “stories spiced and illustrated in a way we know you will enjoy,” it contained pictures of young women being bathed, thrashed, tied up and generally subjugated, all the time looking rather uninvolved and unconcerned. It’s unlikely that the pictures reflect Shuster’s peccadilloes or private fantasies. That someone who had helped to create an entire industry should be forced to sell himself so cheap is little short of a tragedy.” — Jonathan Ross at The Times on sex and publishing in the golden age of comic books.


Seth Fischer's writing has appeared in Best Sex Writing 2013, Buzzfeed, PankGuernica, Lunch Ticket, Gertrude, and elsewhere. His Rumpus piece "Notes from a Unicorn" was listed as a notable essay in The Best American Essays 2013. He will be a 2014 Lambda Literary Emerging Voicing Fellow and was a 2013 Jentel Arts Residency Program Fellow. He also teaches at Antioch University Los Angeles and Writing Workshops Los Angeles. Find more writing of his writing at www.seth-fischer.com, or reach him @sethfischer. More from this author →