“As Americans we all remember the hell the world went through in 1962. World War II was over, then there was the Cuban Missile Crisis. People thought there was going to be an atomic exchange in Europe, I was 16 and I was scared to death,” he said.
Biden said he signed an agreement at the time with two executives from Warner Bros. Music and Linn Records not to put titles on the market until “things went good, in other words—coffee shops and Wal-Mart and the rest of the world felt like we weren’t giving people this horrible bad taste.”
He said the epidemic could be “a bad taste” to the body politic.
“One of the reasons I don’t feel comfortable putting out the books because I don’t want people taking something of great value and just attacking it because of prejudice,” he said. “I understand anti-imperialism and all that stuff, but there are going to be times when when people need to hear your side,” he said. “If your politics are so extreme and it alienates too many people, then you can’t have a party—if you know what I mean.”
The titles will be released by Hogarth Industries, in conjunction with the graphic novel publisher Graphic Policy.