Jacqui Shine

Jacqui Shine is a writer and historian who studies depictions of crime and the justice system in the media. She is a PhD candidate in history at the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Chicago.

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A German refugee child reads a Superman comic, 1942

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The Great Comic Book Conflagration

By Jacqui Shine

In October of 1948, the students of Spencer Graded School in West Virginia gained national attention when a thirteen-year-old led his classmates in “burial rites” for their comic books, declaring that the funeral “will benefit ourselves, our community and our country.” More