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Comic Book Censorship Got Shaped By Faked Research
13-07-2021, 06:39 AM
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Comic Book Censorship Got Shaped By Faked Research
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If you ask a comic fan from the 20th century to pick their ultimate comic book villain, they may quite possibly flash a wry smile and drop a name you've never heard of — Dr. Fredric Wertham.

This real-life psychiatrist was the ทดลองเล่นสล็อต amb face of anti-comics for many years, thanks to his 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent, claiming a correlation between violence in comics and juvenile delinquency. His book caused consternation and a comic book witch hunt, leading to horror comics all but disappearing for the next decade. It was the Satanic Panic of the comic book world, so of course, it was all based on bullshit.

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Wertham was a controversial figure because, even though his claims led to the censorship of many a comic, he was also genuinely concerned about the well-being of children and even helped prove that racial segregation was unconstitutional in a court of law, most notably in the Brown v. Board of Education case. In addition, he tricked right-wing conservatives into funding a Mental Health clinic in Harlem that was actually catering to the needs of Black U.S. citizens, especially troubled teens. Too bad, then, that the findings in his book against horror and violence in comics were based on falsified and fabricated evidence.

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This all came to light in 2013 after Dr. Carol L. Tilley started researching Wertham's work simply to find correspondence he might have had with other experts in those days. What she found was way more disturbing. Wertham not only embellished numbers and made-up quotes from the mouths of the babes he was studying, but he also frequently omitted the impact of the children's environmental circumstances. Violence at home can have devastating effects on kids. But no, let's blame evil comic books.

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In one part of Seduction of the Innocent, Wertham talks about "Kafka for the kiddies!" when mentioning little Edward (7), who has nightmares from reading Blue Beetle comics about a hero who changes into a beetle. Only, the character doesn't change into an insect in the comic, and in the original case notes, Wertham writes that the boy doesn't remember any nightmares. Kafkaesque, indeed.

Wertham also alleged that comics seduce kids into having "homosexual tendencies" because back in the '50s, people didn't know shit. He claimed that Wonder Woman enticed girls to become lesbians because the Amazonians lived together, and his book talks about a young man who fantasized about a gay relationship thanks to Batman and Robin. However, Wertham's original notes show it was actually two teenage boys in a relationship who told him that they simply fantasized more about characters like Tarzan and the Sub-Mariner than they did about Batman and Robin.
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26-06-2022, 05:52 PM
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