To commemorate last week’s Banned Books Week, Stephen St Walley tracks down all the comics mentioned in Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent and adds links to downloadable versions.
Obviously, many of the below comics are not intended for children. While all of them were probably read by children, they were not necessarily the intended audience for them as far as the cartoonists were concerned. Harvey Kurtzman’s Frontline Combat, for example, was written with a military audience in mind, and Kurtzman frequently received fan letters from men in the military.
While it’s hard to imagine what was corrupting about the heartwarming sight of Santa bringing toys to urchin tots, the snorting bull on the cover of ALL TOP indicates that sordid thrills may, indeed, lie within.