The Dark Fantastic

Denney, Reuel
May 1954
New Republic;5/3/54, Vol. 130 Issue 18, p18
This article presents information about the book "Seduction of the Innocent," by Frederic Wertham. In this report of research on comic books, Wertham, a psychiatrist well known for his popularizing, observes that he has not succeeded in bringing about the passage of state laws to control the dime-novelettes. Wertham's look at comic book consumption suggests that children have not forgotten how to protect their parents from what turns up in some of their entertainment. The investigator talked to more than a few parents who said that they were unaware that comic books contain not only the character Donald Duck but also the dark fantastic imagery of perverse mayhem.


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