Seduction of the innocent 1954 2nd printing free ebook download as pdf file. An innocent, a seduction, a secret one night with consequences by abby green and a great selection of related books, art and collectibles available now at. In 1954, psychiatrist werner frederick the fictional alter ego of fredric wertham, author of the original seduction of the innocent launches a crusade against comic books for their supposed. If wertham were alive today, theres no telling how hed react to devices such as wii and xbox and how seductive the sex and violence may seem to todays youth. Flaws found in fredric werthams comicbook studies the. Emphasizing the public initiatives and legislative controls brought against american comics in other countries, such as canada, britain, italy, mexico, and sweden, he demands action before yet another generation of. Seduction of the innocent and the effect of the comics code authority seduction of the innocent.
Werthams book challenged the comic book industry for its. Seduction of the innocent did to comics what movies like rebel without a cause and west side story did for switchblade knives. Seduction of the innocent was released to a public already teeming with anticomics sentiment, and wertham was embraced by millions of citizens who feared for americas moral sanctity. Seduction of the innocent first edition bauman rare books. The most notable change was the establishing of the. By 1953, the evergrowing concern that comic books were manipulating the minds. Seduction of the innocent, will be arriving from titan books publishing soon, and we were lucky enough to get our hands on a copy of the new detective novel.
The aftermath of this book shook the foundations of comics and altered them for decades, seduction of the innocent is an important read for anyone interested in comics books and their influence on the country as well as the history of the golden age of comics and how it differed from the silver age and beyond. Seduction of the innocent download ebook pdf, epub. April 19, 1954 is a date that has lived in infamy for comics fans. Both entertaining and informative, it gives a historic look at how comics were first viewed by. Pop cults hats off to max allan collins for this phenomenally entertaining piece of historical fiction, and terry beatty, for the classic, inspired ec style art work. A noncommercial site about seduction of the innocent and the anticomicbook crusade of the 1940s and 1950s. Octavo, original half black cloth, original dust jacket. Members submitted comics to the cca, which screened them for adherence to its code, then authorized the use of their seal on the cover if the book was found to be in compliance. Although there have been persistent concerns about the clinical evidence wertham used as the basis for seduction, his sources were made widely available only in 2010. Inspired by the reallife 1950s witchhunt against tales from the crypt publisher ec comics, seduction of the innocent pulls back the curtain for an insiders view of the history of comics. Psychiatrist fredric wertham and his 1954 book seduction of the innocent serve as historical and cultural touchstones of the anticomics movement in the united states during the 1940s and 1950s.
Seduction of the innocent comic books for sale online. The influence of comic books on todays youth ebook description. Seduction of the innocent audiobook by max allan collins. Seduction of the innocent, associated faculty pr inc 9 copy quote the greatest achievement of the civilrights movement is that it has restored the dignity of indignation. In 1954 a series of events led to significant changes in the comic book industry. Seduction of the innocent, published in 1954 by psychiatrist dr. Seduction of the innocent, written by psychiatrist fredric wertham was first published in 1954.
In 1954 he published his most influential work, seduction of the innocent, in which he described the lurid violence, sex, drug use, and other crimes depicted in comic books including crime, superhero and horror comics and his belief stated as fact that these books have harmful effects on the childhood development. Frederic werthams minor bestseller that fueled the anticomicbook crusade in the 1950s and forever changed the comics industry. Result of 7 years of scientific investigation into the ef. This is the first versionfirst state of the book complete wdust jacket and bibliography page intact. Fredrick werthams equally despicable book, seduction of the innocent. In 1954, with an evergrowing eye on the comic book industry. Fredric wertham used to write seduction of the innocent suggests that he misrepresented his research and. He kills for it and returns to paris, indulging in luxury. Flight plan seduction of the innocent resumes, taking us back to where the series beganthe doomed flight of affirm air 1969. In its pages wertham pointed his finger at comic books, accusing them of being one of the major causes of juvenile delinquency. This book, seduction of the innocent, is the result of seven years of scientific investigation conducted by dr. The cca formation followed a series of senate hearings and the publication of psychiatrist fredric werthams book seduction of the innocent. He has had long experience in technical research and was the first psychiatrist to be awarded a fellowship by the national research council.
This involvement was the basis for his book dark legend. First edition is noted by r colophone on publication page. Bookreporter a solid tale of crime, greed, and murder with a tasty dash of sequential art history in the mix. Seduction of the innocent is a book by american psychiatrist fredric wertham, published in 1954, that warned that comic books were a negative form of popular literature and a serious cause of juvenile delinquency. Despite his humane interests and broader concerns with violence and protecting children from psychological harm, wertham is best known for his book seduction of the innocent 1954 and its resulting fallout. Seduction of the innocent by max allan collins, terry. A warning comes to vampirella too late as a cadre of her. Fredric wertham is notoriously known as the child psychiatrist who led an almost puritannical witchhunt against the comic book industry.
Seduction of the innocent 3d 1985 from eclipse comics. Frederic wertham was one of the most impactful events in comic book history, leading to censorship in comics and the establishment of the comics code authority this category lists issues that were referenced in the book with werthams reasons for why comic books were damaging to the youth of america. Fredric werthams book, seduction of the innocent, a highly subjective work that used mostly anecdotal evidence as well as werthams own particular responses to titles that he felt portrayed prurient and overtly gruesome content that contributed directly to juvenile delinquency. Although there have been persistent concerns about the. Perhaps a frustrated publisher or an outraged cartoonist. Any fan of noir, pulp fiction or comic books will appreciate seduction of the innocent. Gritty, sometimes depraved crime fiction in the tradition of james elroy, jim thompson, and ecera crime and horror comics, seduction of the innocent reunites writer ande parks and artist esteve polls, the acclaimed creative team that brought you.
Seduction of the innocent is a great, pageturning read that is beautiful to look at and serves as another proud addition to the hard case crime library. Comic books and the seduction of the innocent youtube. For over half a century, the comic book industry has been dogged by the work of one. First edition of the 1954 attack on comic books that spearheaded national hearings on juvenile crime and crippled crime comics new york times, with scarce bibliography. Book description graphic novels kurimchaek are a major art form in north korea, produced by agents of the regime to set out its vision in a range of important areas. The impetus for this code was largely due to the publication of dr. Images of sand, pencils by alex toth, inks by mike peppe.
This limitededition 2004 reprint of seduction of the innocent will make a. Seduction of the innocent is a title taken right from frederic werthams book crusading against the evil influence of comic books. The anticomics crusade and seduction of the innocent. This limitededition 2004 reprint of seduction of the innocent will make a welcome addition to the bookshelves of those studying cold war culture, moral panics, or the history of comics. Although there have been persistent concerns about the clinical evidence wertham used as the basis for seduction, his sources were made widely. Terry beatty its 1954, and a rabblerousing social critic has declared war on comic books especially the scary, gory, bloody sort published by the bad boys of the industry, ef comics. His essays, and book, seduction of the innocent 1954 suggested that comics were a danger to.
Agree with wertham or not, it is fun to live for a moment back in the good ol days. Seduction of the innocent is a book written by psychiatrist dr. Seduction of the innocent 1954 2nd printing comic strips. And in keeping with the period the novel covers, hard case crime has given the story the full pulp treatment, including 16 pages of illustrated interior pages by comic book artist terry. Published in 1954 and reprinted numerous times since, the book represents the culmination of years of reasearch into juvenile delinquency. Flaws found in fredric werthams comicbook studies the new. Wertham also provided statistics on comic book publishing, finances, and influence. Fredric wertham the landmark early study of the power of the comic book, tracing many of the social challenges of young people, from illiteracy to delinquent impulses, to the widespread practice of comic book.
Seduction of the innocent and the effect of the comics. A comic book sleuth has found two of the lost soti comic books that have been undetected by comics historians for nearly sixty years. Seduction of the innocent the book that almost destroyed the comic book industry nerd nation magazine august 4, 2017 nearly 65 years ago one man, promoting faux science and fake news almost single handedly destroyed the american comic book industry. French gambler henri monard is washed up in northern africa, but learns about a tuareg treasure in the sahara desert. The book was taken seriously at the time in the united states, and was a minor bestseller.
He obviously has no misgivings about his blatant use of a book title and gives no credit to wertham. This book provides an analysis of north korean graphic novels, discussing the ideals they promote and the tensions within those ideals, and examining the reception of graphic. Despite his humane interests and broader concerns with violence and protecting children from psychological harm, wertham is best known for his book seduction of the innocent. Fredric wertham about the harmful effects of comic books.
If you are a comic bookgraphic novel enthusiast, this is a must read. This short documentary was made for a mass communication theory class to discuss comic books and the seduction of the innocent, by dr. Seduction, a rousing call for limitations on the sale of comics to children based on the authors clinical evidence of the formats detrimental links to juvenile delinquency and general childrens wel. Thats the day psychiatrist fredric werthams seduction of the innocent, a book. Seduction of the innocent is a book by american psychiatrist fredric wertham, published in 1954, that warned that comic books were a negative form of popular.645 221 1022 64 1367 639 1033 1022 43 323 1610 629 260 117 1443 1250 558 833 990 430 472 1231 237 208 506 907 333 1433 877 1530 1290 605 583 911 996 1289 425 1355 461 273 82 1164 1069 810 51