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  • Originally published 10/04/2013

    When Anarchy Ruled the Funny Pages

    A new, large-format book captures the dawn of comics, when the medium had no rules and its messages were surprisingly irreverent.

  • Originally published 02/12/2013

    '50s anti-comic crusade fudged his data

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — Behavioral problems among teenagers and preteens can be blamed on the violence, sex and gore portrayed in the media marketed to them – that was the topic of televised public hearings held by the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency in 1954 to address the scourge of comic books. The hearings, which resulted in the decimation of what was an enormous comic book industry, had been inspired in large part by the book “Seduction of the Innocent,” by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, based on his own case studies.