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Seduction of the Innocent. By Fredric Wertham. New York & Toronto: Reinhart, 1954. 400pp[?].

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  • Publisher's Note ... v
  • Acknowledgments ... vii
  1. "Such Trivia as Comic Books": Introducing the Subject  ... 1
  2. "You Always Have to Slug 'Em": What Are Crime Comic Books? ... 17
  3. The Road to the Child: Methods of Examination ... 54
  4. The Wrong Twist: The Effects of Comic Books on the Child ... 83
  5. Retooling for Illiteracy: The Influence of Comic Books on Reading ... 119
  6. Design for Delinquency: The Contribution of Crime Comic Books to Juvenile Delinquency ... 147
  7. "I Want to be a Sex Maniac!": Comic Books and the Psychosexual Development of Children ... 173
  8. "Bumps and Bulges": Advertising in Comic Books ... 195
  9. The Experts for the Defense: The Scientiic Promotion of Comic Books ... 251
  10. The Upas Tree: Making and Makers of Comic Books ... 251
  11. Murder in Dawson Creek: The Comic Books Abroad ... 273
  12. The Devil's Allies: The Struggle Against the Comic-Book Industry ... 295
  13. Homicade at Home: Television and the Child ... 353
  14. The Triumph of Dr. Payn: Comic Books Today and the Future ... 385
  • Bibliographical Note ... 399


Barker, Martin. A Haunt of Fears.  London: Pluto Press, 1984.  Rpt. Jackson and London: University Press of Mississippi, 1992. [See especially chapter six, "Fredric Wertham's Nightmare"]

Beaty, Bart. Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2005. [See especially Chapter Four, "Wertham and the Critique of Comic Books"]

Harvey, R.C.  "Comicopia: Wasn't Wertham Right After All?"  [Re-evaluation of Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent, with reference to Nyberg, Seal of Approval.]  Comics Journal 223 (May 2000): 105-09.

Harvey, R.C. "Wertham Revisited: Seduction in the Eighties." Comics Journal 106 (March 1986): 72-90, 95.

Kyle, Richard. "Graphic Story World" [essay on Seduction of the Innocent]." Graphic Story Magazine 11 (Summer 1970): 46-7.

Nyberg, Amy Kiste. Seal of Approval: The History of the Comics Code. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 1998. See especially chapter four, "Fredric Wertham and the Comics Crusade."

Scholz, Carter. "Seducing the Innocent." [essay on Wetham's works.] Comics Journal 80 (March 1983): 43-45, 47, 49-50, 52-53.

On-Line Resources


Coville, Jamie. Seduction of the Innocents and the Attack on Comic Books: The Comic Book Villain, Dr. Fredrick Wertham, M.D.

Darius, Julian. The End of Seduction, a Tragedy in Five Acts. Sequential Culture #40, 21 October 2005 through Sequential Culture #48, 16 December 2005.

Pyle, Christian L. Seduction of the Innocent. St. James Encyclopedia of Pop Culture.

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