Unbalanced Production: The Comics Business in the 1940s

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by Carol Tilley The business of early comic book publishing in the US is something of a black box: too little data about actual practices, too many secrets in the name of competition, and too much self-aggrandizement in lieu of actual information. What we do know is kludged together lovingly by a small army of […]

Anti-Wertham comic from the 40s found in library collection

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Prof. Carol Tilley, who previously revealed that anti-comics crusaderDr. Fredric Wertham’s research wasn’t all that is at it again. While rummaging through the archives at the Billy Ireland Library she found an unknown comic by an unnamed artist that satirized Wertham’s anti comics crusade. It was called “The Uncanny Adventures of (I Hate) Dr. Wertham.” […]

Comics scholars are working on an awesome Comic Book Readership Archive

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GSLIS Associate Professor Carol Tilley was already a comics heroine for discovering that Wertham fudged his research, but now she’s joined with her fellow scholars, GSLIS’s Kathryn La Barre and John Walsh, associate professor of information and library science in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington to assemble a digital archives […]

NYCC ’14: Carol Tilley on how one man nearly killed reading comics

Dr. Fredric Wertham Reading Shock

by Nicky Wheeler-Nicholson Frederic Wertham’s name is akin to the devil incarnate in the comics world. Wertham was one of the ringleaders of the anti comics movement in the early 1950’s with his book Seduction of the Innocent. Carol Tilley, scholar, professor and librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign who has written extensively […]

On the Scene: Sparks Fly at ‘Surely You’re Joking, Dr. Wertham’ Event

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As the first of several “Comic Book Roundtable” events to be held at the Soho Gallery of Digital Art under the auspices of gallery owner John Ordover and former Marvel editor, author, and educator Danny Fingeroth, this event exploring the life and legacy of Dr. Frederic Wertham was planned for the occasion of Wertham’s 118th […]

Wertham and Are Comics Art? — is it 1981 again?

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A must read and a must-read for masochists top our linkage today, both returning to topics that were much on the minds of anyone in comics about 30 years ago — oldies but goodies.

First and most importantly, library professor Carol Tilley has been going through Dr. Fredric Wertham’s notes and found out that he was, to use a technical term, full of hooey.