Item #1510 Seduction of the Innocent. Frederic Wertham.
Seduction of the Innocent
Seduction of the Innocent
Seduction of the Innocent
Seduction of the Innocent
Influential 1950s Indictment of Comic Books

Seduction of the Innocent

New York: Rinehart & Company, Inc., (1954). First printing. Black and white illustrations. Hardcover. Octavo. xii, 400 pages. Good in a good dust jacket. Minor extremity rubs to boards, slight mottling to pastedowns. Jacket has a few edge tears with minimal losses, some edge wrinkles, and a few small edge chips. Jacket spine slightly faded.

The important and controversial book in which Dr. Wertham claimed to have found a link between criminal behavior and the reading of comic books, though his findings were based largely on undocumented anecdotes. However, Wertham's message found an eager and uncritical audience among crusaders for public morals, leading to Wertham being called to testify before the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency. The moral panic set off by Wertham's book and testimony led to the voluntary establishment of Comics Code Authority by the comics industry as an alternative to government regulation.

This copy's 2 page bibliographical note at leaf 399/400 is intact. Most copies had this leaf excised prior to distribution due to pressure from the publishers listed thereon.


Item #1510

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