By David Michael Newstead.
Judgment Day is an American comic book from the mid-1950’s. Although only seven pages long, it’s famous for discussing racial equality through the lens of science fiction and for the ensuing attempts by censors to drastically alter or prevent the story from being published altogether. At the time, EC Comics was told by officials that the astronaut “…can’t be a Black man.”
“For God’s sakes, Judge Murphy, that’s the whole point of the Goddamn story!” responded writer Al Feldstein.
Despite these difficulties with authorities, Judgment Day was ultimately published and it remains a valuable piece of social commentary on something that Americans continue to struggle with: past, present, and future.