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Dark Dungeons: The horror and the hope of redemption in Dragons and Dungeons

The game ′Dungeons & Dragons′ grew larger as it received greater opposition. The psychotic episodes of young James Dallas Egbert III in 1982 had attracted the entire force of fundamentalist censorship and the media against the game. It was probably due to that attention that in a matter of months the sales were multiplied by four. Everyone wanted to get a slice of that phenomenon. Tom Hanks starred in the same year ′Mazes and Monsters′, one of the many films that were then filmed around the phenomenon of panic to Satanism; and to further feed the terror of the population, Jack Chick, meanwhile, took the opportunity to draw one of his most commented comics: ′Dark Dungeons′ (1984). Thirty years later a giant like Netflix uses this erring era to build one of his most popular series. Today we analyze all these details that force us to go through the work Tolkien, Gary Gygax, Jack Chick and finally the young Duffer brothers, the creators of ′Stranger Things′.

Article by Pablo Fernández from Barcelona/Monday, January 13th 2020

This is an short translation of the original article published in Spanish by Entrelíneas: Revista de Arte as Dark Dungeons: El horror y la esperanza de redención en Dragones y Mazmorras

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