The story of Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar
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." Coming soon! We'll post the article from Sylvia F. Porter, which sheds light on what Dr. Wertham was really referring to.
This is one of the scarcest known SOTI books. As of June, 2020, there is only one reported sale at GPAnalysis.com, for a sale that took place on ComicConnect for a CGC 9.4 copy. Only eight copies of any version have ever been certified by CGC.
There are at least three versions of Peter Penny and his Magic Dollar.
The Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide 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", and it seems these measurements may be incorrect based on about a dozen copies of various printings we have encountered over the years.
There are at least three versions known to exist, and none matches the height of the one listed in Overstreet.
If you have any information about any of these versions, please contact us at SeductionOfTheInnocent.org.
Here are the versions confirmed to exist: