Friday, November 23, 2007

For The Kiddies To Read (ARTICLE)

Today’s bonus post is a four page battle cry from the June 1954 issue of Reader’s Digest by T. E. Murphy, who at the time was not only apparently a Witchfinder General, but also a columnist and editorial writer for the Hartford, Conn., Courant. Bewildered articles like this only added more fuel to Wertham’s fires while helping seal the crypt door on 50’s horror and crime comics... thus branding the dreaded nazi-esque Comics Code stamp upon EVERYONE (not just the “kiddies.”)



8 comments:

Angel of Music. said...

So reading comics is like wading through a sewer eh?,he better be careful,i may be a disfigured freak,but i have feelings too...

Dave B. said...

Thank for this post. I have a number of related items (am particular interested in this topic - the causes of the Comics Code) and this makes a nice addition. I went to the local library and obtained the entire preceedings of the Hearings where Bill Gaines had his infamous debacle.

Karswell said...

I find it fascinating to read people's thoughts about this subject... the comic haters of the 50's are almost as entertaining as the precode stories themselves. I plan to post a few more code related articles like this in the future, and if anyone has anything similar that they would like to contribute please let me know.

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Anonymous said...

>apparently a Witchfinder General

hahaha

Anonymous said...

Newsstand sellers could have used better judgement but they're not totally to blame. You can almost see people's points on some of the more gratuitous pre code stories, but still there's no need to make everyone suffer and deny them the right to read what they want. I'm sure this caused many people to just outright lose their jobs.

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Anonymous said...

I read this and all I could think about was punching
That a hole in the face.