Comic Book Babylon

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Alan Moore’s “Watchmen” and its subsequent spawn contained several nods to “Hollywood Babylon” and its lurid tales of “Old Hollywood”

As a child of about 8 or 9 years old, one of my favorite books from the library was Kenneth Anger’s classic “Hollywood Babylon.” Anger, a former child-star-turned-occultist-filmmaker, retold a number of grand lurid rumors floating around Tinsel Town since the dawn of cinema. And how else was a precocious Eighties kid to find out about Fatty Arbuckle?

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