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American Journal of Psychotherapy v2, #3, July, 1948 Abstract of the symposium "The Psychopathology of Comic Books", held by the Association for the Advancement of Psychotherapy, March 19, 1948. You might call this "The Secret Origin of Dr. Wertham". His articles in Saturday Review of Literature, Ladies' Home Journal and Reader's Digest received greater exposure among the general public, but this article in a professional journal represents one of Dr. Wertham's earliest published anti-comics works, with material by Gershon "Love & Death" Legman as well. Read it!
Chicago Daily News, May 8th, 1940 First Sterling North aritcle.
Clubwoman, September, 1954
Cover story and article about the crime entertainment business. Cover features images of, from left to right, Crime and Justice #20, Lawbreakers #2, Select Detective #3, Exposed #6, Perfect Crime #14 and This Magazine is Haunted #20
Collier's, March 27, 1948 , pp. 22-23+
Judith Crist "Horror in the Nursery" Read it!
Commentary#7, 1949 pp. 80-88 Norbert Muhlen. “Comic Books and Other Horrors”
Educational Administration and Supervision #28 (1942) pp. 344-353 Paul Witty, Ethel Smith, and Anne Coomer “Reading the Comics in Grades IV-VII”
Family Circle, February, 1949, pp. 60-63.
Harvey Zorbaugh & Mildred Gilman "What Can YOU do about Comic Books?"
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Journal of Education #12 (1944) pp. 14-15 James Landsdowne, “The Viciousness of the Comic Book”
Journal of Educational Sociology Vol 23, 1949. pp. 195-205 Frederick Thrasher. “The Comics and Delinquency: Cause or Scapegoat”
Journal of Educational Sociology December 1949 Disparages Wertham’s theories. Paul Witty begins to publish a series
of academic articles on comic books
Journal of Experimental Education #10 (1941), pp. 105-109 “Reading the Comics—A Comparative Study”
Journal of Experimental Education #10 (1941), pp. 100-104 “Children’s Interest in Reading the Comics”
Ladies' Home Journal, November, 1953 pp. 50-53
Fredric Wertham “What Parents Don't Know About Comic Books” Read it!
The Lure of the Comics British anti-comics pamphlet published by the International Women's Day Committee, April, 1952
McCall's, December, 1947, pp. 24-25+ Selma Robinson "What Do They See in the Comics?"
National-Parent- Teacher, Jan 1942, pp. 29-30 Paul Witty “Those Troublesome Comics”
New Republic, Feb 17 1947 pp. 20-23 Marya Mannes “Junior has a Craving”
Newsweek, May 3, 1954
The New Yorker, May 8, 1954
Parents' Magazine, February, 1950, pp. 38-39+ Jesse L. Murrell, "Cincinnati Rates the Comic Books"
Parents' Magazine, October, 1950, pp. 44-45+ Jesse L. Murrell, D.D. "Cincinnati Again Rates the Comics"
Parents' Magazine, November, 1952, pp. 48-49+ Jesse L. Murrell, D.D. "Annnual Rating of Comic Magazines"
Picture Post, May 17, 1952 , pp. 33-35
"Should US Comics Be Banned?"
Reader's Digest, August, 1948, pp. 15-18
Fredric Wertham “The Comics . . . Very funny!” Condensed from Saturday Review of Literature Read it!
Reader's Digest, November, 1948, pp. 56-57
“Common Sense about Comics” Reprinted from Parents' Magazine
Reader's Digest, May, 1954
Fredric Wertham "Comic Books - Blueprints for Delinquency!" Condensed from Seduction of the Innocent
Reader's Digest, November, 1954
T.E. Murphy "The Face of Violence" anti-comics article. Cites several specific comic books: 1) A murderer who dissects his victims: "He made the first incision across the throat...", "Now I shall make an incision in the upper arm and separate the muscles so that you may identify them." 2) One comic book that shows how to make a cap gun into a deadly weapon. Another that shows how to make brass knuckles from milk-can handles. 3) The cover of Crime SuspenStories #22
Saturday Review of Literature, March 20, 1948 John Mason Brown “The Case Against the Comics”
Saturday Review of Literature, March 20, 1948 Al Capp, “The Case for the Comics”
Saturday Review of Literature, May 29, 1948
Fredric Wertham “The Comics . . . Very funny!” Read it!
Scouting, September, 1954
Anti-comics article
Scouting, October, 1954
One-page anti-comics article
Time, May 3, 1954 , p. 78 "Horror Comics" small article about Kefauver investigation. Article cites Crime SuspenStories #22 cover.
Tops March, 1954 , p. 38
"Jekyll-Hyde of the comics" short article about Bill Gaines, indicating that he has had financial success with, and criticism for, EC's horror comics. The article also notes EC's stories that are "well written, well-plotted, ruthless in their revelation of the kind of horror that lies just below the surface of life in modern America." Includes four Wally Wood panels from Shock SuspenStories #11.


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