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How's this for irony?

In general, comic books cited by Dr. Wertham in Seduction of the Innocent are more sought-after by collectors, and are worth more, than comics not mentioned in Seduction of the Innocent. Comic books mentioned in the text of SOTI are worth an average of 20% more than comics not mentioned in SOTI. Comic books PICTURED in SOTI are worth an average of 50% more than comics not mentioned in SOTI! That's REAL irony (not that Alanis Morrissette-type irony that is not really ironic at all).

These figures are according to the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, 38th edition.

"Found" Seduction of the Innocent Comics

These comics have been located by SOTI collectors and most have been noted as SOTI books in the Overstreet Price Guide.

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Spotlight on specific SOTI comic books
Authentic Police Cases #3 Authentic Police Cases #6 Captain Video #2 Classics Illustrated
Exposed #7 Fugitives from Justice #3 Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar Your United States

All Known Golden Age
SOTI Comic Books
  Title Issue Where used in SOTI
A1 Guns of Fact and Fiction13Mentioned in text, p. 19.
All-Famous Crime 9Illo #32 with caption, "The wish to hurt or kill couples in Lovers' Lanes is a not uncommon perversion."
All-Top14Illo #2 with caption, "Corpses of colored people strung up by their wrists."
Authentic Police Cases 3Illo #9 with caption, "Outside the forbidden pages of deSade, you find draining a girl's blood only in children's comics."; also used in text, p. 161 and 181 (both of which are not mentioned in Overstreet). Although this reprints Red Seal #16, it is likely that Wertham read this book and not Red Seal #16 because the SOTI page 161 reference does not appear in Red Seal #16. This is another instance where Wertham misquoted a comic. The text piece he cites is called "Lessons In Larceny", but Wertham calls it "Lessons For Larceny." See it all HERE!
Authentic Police Cases6Illo #6 with caption, "An invitation to learning." This story was printed at least three times by St. John. Read about it here.
Beware 6Illo #31 with caption, "Children are first shocked and then desensitized by all this brutality."
Batman64 Used in SOTI, page 191. "The atmosphere is homosexual and anti-feminine. If the girl is good-looking she is undoubtedly the villainess. If she is after Bruce Wayne, she will have no chance against Dick. For instance, Bruce and Dick go out one evening in dinner clothes, dressed exactly alike. The attractive girl makes up to Bruce while in successive pictures young Dick looks on smiling, sure of Bruce."
Batman67 Possible use in SOTI, pp. 190-191: "Like the girls in other stories, Robin is sometimes held captive by the villains and Batman has to give in or 'Robin gets killed.'"
Beware12Mentioned in text, p. 388.
Beyond27 Mentioned in text, p. 111.
Black Cat Comics27Mentioned in text, p. 193.
Black Cat Mystery 36Mentioned in text, pp. 270-271.
Black Cat Mystery39Mentioned in text, pp. 386-388.
Blue Beetle 54Illo #5 with caption, "Children call these 'headlights' comics."
Blue Beetle56Mentioned in text, p. 145. The page Wertham cited was reprinted in Murder Incorporated #9. It's unclear which comic Wertham was citing.
Brenda Starr v2#4Mentioned in text, p. 21.
Bugs Bunny Four Color250Mentioned in text, p. 309.
Captain Video 2Mentioned in text, p. 382. Read about it here.
Chamber of Chills7Mentioned in text, p. 389. Read more at our Classics Illustrated page.
Classic Comics Robinson Crusoe 10Mentioned in text, p. 142. Read more at our Classics Illustrated page.
Classic Comics Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde13Mentioned in text, p. 143. Read more at our Classics Illustrated page.
Classic Comics Uncle Tom's Cabin 15Mentioned in text, pp. 102, 103. Read more at our Classics Illustrated page.
Classics Illustrated Great Expectations43Mentioned in text, p. 311. Read more at our Classics Illustrated page.
Classics Illustrated Mysteries of Paris 44Mentioned in text, p. 323. Read more at our Classics Illustrated page.
Classics Illustrated The Adventures of Tom Sawyer50Mentioned in text, p. 37. Read more at our Classics Illustrated page.
Classics Illustrated Silas Marner 55Mentioned in text, p. 311, 312. Read more at our Classics Illustrated page.
Classics Illustrated Julius Caesar68Mentioned in text, p. 36, 37. Read more at our Classics Illustrated page.
Crime and Punishment 2On the cover, a thief steals from a blind newsdealer. Possible SOTI book.
Crime and Punishment3Mentioned in text, p. 112
Crime and Punishment 59Illo #12 with caption, "What comic-book America stands for."
Crime and Punishment16 From SOTI, pp. 98-99:
When I pointed out the hypocrisy of the Crime does not pay slogan and its bad effect on children, the industry accused me of "unfairness" in attacking their highest endeavors and introduced some more slogan morality. In one comic book are two pages by a police captain attacking me: 'Don't let reformers kid you!' He is 'shocked by what I read today about the people who condemn crime comics. These people are the menace.' He goes on: 'Children don't like to be kicked around by reformers who want to decide what's good for them to read.' And he extols 'the strong moral force' that comics exert on children.
See also Crime Does Not Pay #76, and read the details here.
Crime Can't Win10Possible use in SOTI, p. 161
Crime Clinic 3Mentioned in text, p. 18
Crime Detective9Illo #25 with caption, "Caricature of the author in a position comic-book publishers wish he were in permanently." Also used on p. 16.
Crime Does Not Pay 63Issues 63, 64- Possible use in SOTI, p. 306
Crime Does Not Pay76 From SOTI, pp. 98-99:
When I pointed out the hypocrisy of the Crime does not pay slogan and its bad effect on children, the industry accused me of "unfairness" in attacking their highest endeavors and introduced some more slogan morality. In one comic book are two pages by a police captain attacking me: 'Don't let reformers kid you!' He is 'shocked by what I read today about the people who condemn crime comics. These people are the menace.' He goes on: 'Children don't like to be kicked around by reformers who want to decide what's good for them to read.' And he extols 'the strong moral force' that comics exert on children.
See also Crime and Punishment 16, and read the details here.
Crime Does Not Pay64Possible use in SOTI, p. 306
Crime Files 5Mentioned in text, p. 4
Crime Reporter2Illo #8 with caption, "Children told me what the man was going to do with the red-hot poker."
Crime Smashers 1Illo #20 with caption, "A girl raped and murdered." Also used in text pp. 19-20.
Crime SuspenStories19Mentioned in text, p. 235
Crime SuspenStories 20Illo #10 with caption, "Cover of a children's comic book."
Crimes By Women3Mentioned in text, p. 234
Crimes By Women 10Mentioned in text, p. 72
Dagar, Desert Hawk19Mentioned in text, p. 180
Dagar, Desert Hawk21"Bombs & Bums Away" panel in "Flood of Death" used in SOTI, page 104. The page number is not noted in Overstreet.
Dynamic Comics17Illo with caption, "Children told me what the man was going to do with the red-hot poker."
Eerie Adventures1Mentioned in text, pp.317-318.
Exposed6Illo #28 with caption, "How to prepare an alibi."
Exposed7Illo #29 with caption, "Diagram for housebreakers." Breaking in or out? Read about it here.
Famous Crimes3Mentioned in text, p. 112. Injury-to-the-eye motif.
Famous Crimes7Mentioned in text, p. 44
First Love Illustrated35Illo #30 with caption, "The title of this comic book is First Love."
Frontier Romances1Illo #35 with caption, "Erotic spanking in a children's comic book." Overstreet indicates this was mentioned generally on p. 180. Page 180 reads: "In Western comic books, the erotic spanking of a girl by a man is frankly featured.
Frontier Romances1Illo #34 with caption, "Erotic spanking in a children's comic book." IW Reprint, reprints original Frontier Romances #1.
Frontline Combat4Mentioned in text, p. 257
Fugitives From Justice3Illo #6 with caption, "An invitation to learning." Reprints story from Authentic Police Cases #6 with new title and modified art. This story was printed at least three times by St. John. Read about it here.
Giant Comics Edition4Illo #9 with caption, "Outside the forbidden pages of deSade, you find draining a girl's blood only in children's comics."; also used in text, p. 181. Re-packaging of Red Seal #16.
Gang Busters3Illo with caption, "Comic-book map for crime."
Harvey Comics Library1Mentioned in text, p. 27. Teen-Age Dope Slaves, which reprints a series of Rex Morgan, MD newspaper strips.
Haunt Of Fear17 (#3)Mentioned in text, p. 43
Haunt Of Fear19Illo #1 with caption, "A comic book baseball game. Notice the chest protector and other details in the text and pictures."
Haunt Of Fear23This comic is no longer incorrectly listed in Overstreet as SOTI book.
Hopalong Cassidy5Mentioned in text, pp. 308-309, although Wertham read this story in the Bond Bread giveaway, "Hopalong Cassidy and the Mad Barber."
Hopalong Cassidy & the Mad BarbernnUsed in SOTI, pp. 308,309
Howdy Doody6Mentioned in text, p. 309
Hunted13Illo #16 with caption, "Treating police contemptuously." This one-issue title was also mentioned in text p. 42.
Ideal, A Classical Comic3Mentioned in text, p. 310. Overstreet erroneously lists this as p. 308.
Inside Crime2Mentioned in text, p. 182, 183. Reprinted in Spook #24. It's unclear which of these books Wertham was referencing.
Jon Juan1Mentioned in text, p. 38.
Journey Into Fear15Mentioned in text, p. 389
Jungle Comics98Illo #18 and #19 with caption, "In ordinary comic books there are pictures for children who know how to look." Also used in SOTI's text, p. 185
Justice Traps the Guilty13Mentioned in text, p. 110-111.
Justice Traps the Guilty58Illo #14 with caption, "Treating police contemptuously."
Kewpies1One of the "lost SOTI" books that has been found. Now listed as SOTI reference in Overstreet due to the efforts of SeductionOfTheInnocent.org.
Killers1Mentioned in SOTI, pgs 179, 180
Law Against Crime3Illo with caption "The wish to hurt or kill couples in Lovers' Lanes is not an uncommon perversion. " Also mentioned in text, pp. 181. Overstreet erroneously indicates that this is also on p. 180. P. 181 states, "One picture shows a couple in an automobile, both the young man and the girl with blood streaming all over their faces from bullet holes in their heads. In the story the murderer was never caught."
Lawbreakers Always Lose7Illo #3 with caption, "Comic-book philosophy."
Martin Kane4Mentioned in text, p. 160. This reprints the story from Murder Incorporated #8 that Wertham mentioned. It's unclear which book Wertham was citing.
Meet Corliss Archer1Title mentioned in text, p. 39, with the indication, "Adolescent boys call these headlight comics."
Meet Corliss Archer2Title mentioned in text, p. 39, with the indication, "Adolescent boys call these headlight comics."
Meet Corliss Archer3Title mentioned in text, p. 39, with the indication, "Adolescent boys call these headlight comics."
Murder Incorporated8Mentioned in text, p. 160. This story was reprinted in Martin Kane #4. It's unclear which book Wertham was citing.
Murder Incorporated9Mentioned in text, p. 145. This story reprints the page from Blue Beetle #56 that Wertham referenced. It's unclear which comic Wertham was citing.
My Life (previously Meet Corliss Archer)4Mentioned in text, p. 39
Mysterious Adventures11Mentioned in text, p. 84.
NightingalennMentioned in text, p. 312-313.
Out of This World Adventures2Mentioned in text, p. 120. Not listed in Overstreet as SOTI. This is another of Wertham's errors. He incorrectly attributes a quote by the book's hero to its heroine.
Perfect Crime11Mentioned in text, p. 159.
Peter Penny and his Magic DollarnnMentioned in text, pp. 310, 311.Read more about it!
Phantom Lady17Illo #4 with caption, "Sexual stimulation by combining 'headlights' with a sadist's dream of tying up a woman."
Planet Comics53Mentioned in text, p. 32. Another of Wertham's errors: the word "mate" in the comic is quoted as "maid" by Wertham.
Public Enemies2Mentioned in text, p. 95
Real Cluev3#9Mentioned in text, p. 102
Red Seal Comics16Illo #9 with caption, "Outside the forbidden pages of deSade, you find draining a girl's blood only in children's comics." Also used in text, p. 181.
Reform School GirlnnIllo #37 with caption, "Comic books are supposed to be like fairy tales." Also mentioned in text, p. 358.
Rulah, Jungle Goddess21Mentioned in text, p. 388, 389
Rulah, Jungle Goddess22Mentioned in text, p. 22, 23
Sensation Comics81Mentioned in text, p. 33, 34
Shock SuspenStories4Mentioned in text, p. 387, 388
Spook24Mentioned in text, p. 182, 183. Reprint of Inside Crime #2. It's unclear where Wertham saw the story.
Stories by Famous Authors Illustrated6Mentioned in text, p. 22, 143
Story of Harry S TrumannnMentioned in text, p. 311
Strange Adventures39Illo #15 with caption, "Treating police contemptuously."
Strange Mysteries10Mentioned in text, p. 181
Strange Worlds2Mentioned in text, p. 112. Injury-to-the-eye motif.
Super Duck22Mentioned in text, pp. 35, 307, 308. This is a perfect example of Wertham's hypocrisy. On page 28, Super Duck is called without sarcasm one of the "harmlesss ones". Then on pages 35 and 307-308, he cites its harmful content.
Superboy2Mentioned in text, pp. 35-36, 226
Superman55Mentioned in text, p. 33
Tegra, Jungle Empress1Mentioned in text, p. 31
Terrifying Tales15Mentioned in text, pp. 22,23. This reprints story from Rulah #22. It's unclear which book Wertham was citing.
Terrors of the Jungle17Mentioned in text, pp. 388-389. This reprints story from Rulah #21. It's unclear which book Wertham was citing.
Thing9Illo #33 with caption, "Stomping on the face is a form of brutality children learn early." Also mentioned in text, p. 388.
Tom Mix Western9Mentioned in text, pp. 323-325. Overstreet incorrectly implies that Tom Mix #10 is mentioned in SOTI. However, #10 was not referenced in SOTI.
Top Secrets7Illo #21 with caption, "How to hurt people." Also used in text, p. 90.
Trapped!0Mentioned in text, pp. 256, 350
True Crime Comicsv1#2Illo #11 with caption, "Pity was the keynote when Homer described dragging a dead body behind a chariot. Dragging living people to death is described without pity in children's comics." Also illo #13 with caption, "A sample of the injury-to-the-eye motif.". Also used in text, pp. 81, 82. One story was reprinted in True Crime v2#1, and Wertham saw the story in both places.
True Crime Comicsv1#4Overstreet notes this as a SOTI book. That information appears to be incorrect.
True Crime Comicsv2#1Illo #11 with caption, "Pity was the keynote when Homer described dragging a dead body behind a chariot. Dragging living people to death is described without pity in children's comics." Also used in text, pp. 81, 82. One story was reprinted from True Crime v1#2, and Wertham saw the story in both places.
True Love Problems and Advice Illustrated 11Mentioned in text, pp. 185-186.
Tween Age Digest 1 Not a comic book per se, but a magazine with a comic section. From pages 120-121 of SOTI:

A similar children's magazine, Tween Age Digest, at twenty-five cents, also looks like a regular magazine, but has comic-book sections. One of these is a supercondensed comic-book version of Don Quixote. You see him lying on the ground: "The servants beat Don Quixote mercilessly and although he swore vengeance he was helpless as a beetle on his back."

Underworld2Mentioned in text, p. 95
Wanted12Mentioned in text, p. 277
Wanted35Mentioned in text, p. 160
Web of Evil1Mentioned in text, p. 388
Weird Fantasy16Mentioned in text, p. 144
Weird Mysteries7Illo #35 with caption, "Indeed." Also illo #36 with caption,"Sex and blood."
Weird Science19Illo #22, #23, #24 with caption, "A young girl on her wedding night stabs her sleeping husband to death with a hatpin when she realizes that he comes from a distant planet and is a 'mammal'."
Western Adventures3Mentioned in text, p. 30, 31. An example of the injury-to-the-eye motif.
Wild Boy of the Congov1#10Mentioned in text, p. 189
Women Outlaws1Illo #7 with caption, "Giving children an image of American womanhood."
World's Finest Comics 44Mentioned in text, pp. 9, 190.
Wonder Woman49Mentioned in text, p. 234, 236
X-Mas Comics6One online resource says this contains a rebound Captain Video #1 and #2. Another online resource indicates that this was printed concurrently with the books contained in it, and it is not a rebinding of other books. Either way, this book contains Captain Video #2 and is therefore a SOTI book.
Your United StatesnnMentioned in text, pp. 309, 310. This book had several versions, although only one is mentioned in Overstreet. Read about it here.
Zoot14Mentioned in text, p. 104.


Vault Keeper reading SOTI, from Haunt of Fear #27.

 
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