Political Correctness Overshadows National Comic Book Day


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.


It’s really too bad we’re at a point where modern political correctness makes it difficult to fully appreciate the history National Comic Book Day was supposed to represent, but modern PC is sadly turning it all into a farce, mainly because the MSM won’t ask if what happened yesterday is continuing to affect the present. That’s how far it’s all fallen.
Originally published here.

Avi Green

Avi Green was born in Pennsylvania in 1974, and moved to Israel in 1983. He enjoyed reading comics when he was young, the first being Fantastic Four. He maintains a strong belief in the public's right to knowledge and accuracy of facts. He considers himself a conservative-style version of Clark Kent. Follow him on his blog at Four Color Media Monitor or on Twitter at @avigreen1