South Florida Reporter published a list of history items for National Comic Book Day on September 25, including early precursors dating back as far as the 1840s, and among these notes, they point to the following:
– After WW II, crime and horror comics became the most popular genres and garnered a lot of controversy for their depiction of larger than life criminals, revenge tales, and gore. They were heavily criticized by educators and librarians arguing that they were deteriorating the minds of young readers. There was a campaign against “crime comics” led by psychiatrist Fredric Werhtam who also testified at the 1954 U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency.
– In 1951, the FBI investigated this industry and claimed that the horror and crime shown in these comics resulted in increased juvenile delinquency.
Ironically, things sure have changed ever since.
Now, sex is considered a supposed cause of juvenile delinquency, by the very leftists Wertham was a part of, something that may have once been overlooked by the left themselves, which could explain why the discoveries he’d plagiarized other research were buried by the specialty press shortly after being publicized 7 years ago. While violence, by contrast, is no longer considered an issue by social justice propagandists, nor is there any consideration whether mayhem could be causing young readers’ minds to deteriorate. If there were, we wouldn’t have to put up with all the political violence going on in the US right now.