Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar
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The story of Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar

On pages 310-311 of Seduction of the Innocent, Dr. Wertham wrote,
There are publicity comic books to influence adults. Sylvia F. Porter, the financial columnist, writes about a comic book got out by the American Bankers Association: "The aim is not just to amuse you. Not by a long shot. It is to mold your thinking in a specific way." If that is true of good comic books for bankers, isn't it true, too, of bad comic books for children? They mold a child's thinking in a specific way.

This is a reference to one of the Peter Penny comic books published by the American Bankers' Association. Collectors have long presumed this reference to be "Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar", but until further information comes to light about exactly what Sylvia F. Porter was referencing, it's reasonable to say that Peter Penny Saves the Day could actually be the one that was referenced in SOTI.
There are at least three versions of Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar, which is one of the scarcest of the SOTI books.
Overstreet lists an original and a "redrawn" one. The "redrawn" one is purported to have dimensions of 7 1/4" x 11". However, we at LostSOTI have never seen one with dimensions of 7 1/4" x 11". Because three OTHER versions exist, either the dimensions listed in Overstreet are incorrect, or there are four versions of this book. Most likely, the dimensions listed in Overstreet are incorrect.

If you have any information about any of these versions, please contact us at SeductionOfTheInnocent.org.

Here are the versions confirmed to exist:
Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar
Version A
Year: 1947
Dimensions: 7 1/8" x 10 1/8"
Binding:

Many thanks to
Marty Mann for
the Version A
information and scan.
Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar
Version B
Year: 1947
Dimensions: 7 1/8" x 10 1/8"
Binding: Glue
Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar
Version C
Year: 1947
Dimensions: 6 15/16" x 9 15/16"
Binding: Glue
Peter Penny and Saves the Day
 
Year: 1948
Dimensions: 7 1/8" x 10 1/8"
Binding: Glue


Side by Side Comparison of B and C.
Based on the images below, it seems apparent that version C is a redrawn edition of version B. It's not certain whether version A came before or after versions B and C. However, it appears that version A has a higher level of detail than B or C, leading to conjecture that version A came first.
Version B

Version C (redrawn).

Original version

Redrawn version. Note the empty space where the bottom of the bush was extended.