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“Badly drawn, badly written, badly printed- a strain on the young nervous systems-the effects of these pulp-paper nightmares is that of a violent stimulant…Unless we want a coming generation even more ferocious than the present one, parents and teachers throughout America must band together to break the ‘comic’ magazine.”
-- Chicago Daily News book reviewer Sterling North, May 8th, 1940
“All parents should be grateful to Dr. Fredrick Wertham for having written ‘Seduction of the Innocent’… He holds that they stimulate racial prejudice and various sadistic and unhealthy attitudes; that their emphasis upon all sorts of crime, violence, drug addiction and cruelty stimulates children to various forms of juvenile delinquency .”
-- New York Times article ”Nothing To Laugh At” by C. Wright Mills
“At home they lead an idyllic life. They are Bruce Wayne and ‘Dick’ Grayson. Bruce Wayne is described as a ‘socialite’ and the official relationship is that Dick is Bruce’s ward. They live in sumptuous quarters, with beautiful flowers in large vases, and have a butler, Alfred. Bruce is sometimes shown in a dressing gown. As they sit by the fireplace the young boy sometimes worries about his partner…It is like a wish dream of two homosexuals living together.”
-- Seduction on the Innocent by Dr. Fredrick Wertham
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