Comic books have been around for so long that it’s easy to forget what a subversive medium they are. But don’t let the recent box office success by the likes of Marvel Studios fool you: comics may have finally entered the mainstream, but their underground roots mean they’ll always court controversy. Indeed, this probably explains why so many funnybooks have been yanked from circulation over the years. Comics have been pulped post-publication for a variety of reasons. Sometimes, this happens because editorial gets cold feet over edgy content they previously gave the greenlight to. In other instances, publishers discover too late that a member of the creative team has slipped offensive material without their knowledge. Whatever the underlying rationale, nothing quite compares to the scandal of seeing a comic pulled from shelves – especially if you managed to nab a copy before they all disappeared! The Elseworlds imprint was responsible for many of DC Comics’ best yarns, as its continuity-free set-up afforded creators complete freedom to experiment with the company’s flagship characters. Or at least, near complete freedom as those involved with the Elseworlds 80-Page Giant found ou...