Sunday, February 12, 2012

A.M COMICS: The Comicsphere- Confidential File "Horror Comic Books"!


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A report by Paul Coates. Produced by Jim Peck. Directed by Irvin Kershner. Aired October 9, 1955. A KTTV Production, Los Angeles, for Times-Mirror.

In 1954 the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency conducted an investigation into how the comic book industry was supposedly contributing to the moral decay of a nation's youth. The investigations were spurred on by a number of articles that blamed comics for the rise in juvenile delinquency in post-war America. 

Chief among the critics was Doctor Frederic Wertham, whose book, "Seduction of The Innocent" has been blamed for nearly single-handedly crippling the entire comics industry. 



In 1955, the comic book publishers formed the self-regulating organization, The Comics Code Authority, which great impacted on how comic books were perceived by the public and what kind of stories were told in the comics for decades. The effects of the virtual witch-hunt from this period in American history still has effect on the comic book industry to this day. 

"Confidential File" was aired in 1955, after the senate hearings and the formation of the Comics Code, but it serves as a perfect example of how the media reacted to the comic book industry, and sought a scape goat by blaming the comic book publications for society's own lack of responsibility in raising its children. A blame game that would later manifest itself when later TV cartoons, rock and roll music, Dungeons & Dragons, videogames, and so on would become the new whipping boy for those that didn't want to look to themselves for the state of their own children and society's sad state.

It is my understanding that the television program uploaded here is in the public domain, and is being shown here for educational purposes.

2 comments:

  1. and now the overstreet price guide makes a special notation (and therefore created a niche collectability) of the specific issues that were mentioned/singled out in SOTI.

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    1. With the subsequent imposition of a highly restrictive Comics Code, EC Comics publisher Bill Gaines canceled Tales from the Crypt and its two companion horror titles, along with the company's remaining crime and science fiction series in September 1954. Japan never did anything like that and look how big comics (Manga) are a part of their culture. Did you see some of the kids they interviewed in the video? Those kids where not real comic book readers or fans. Thank God the industry is slowly breaking away from the exclusive Superhero monopoly that has dominated the industry for years.

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