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Seduction of the Innocent epub

by Frederic Wertham


Seduction of the Innocent epub

ISBN: 159683000X

ISBN13: 978-1596830004

Author: Frederic Wertham

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: History & Criticism

Language: English

Publisher: Main Road Books; Revised edition (June 1, 2004)

Pages: 448 pages

ePUB book: 1165 kb

FB2 book: 1614 kb

Rating: 4.9

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It is amazing that back in the 1950s the worst youth could have as bad influences were rock & roll and tawdry comic books.

In stock on December 6, 2019. It is amazing that back in the 1950s the worst youth could have as bad influences were rock & roll and tawdry comic books.

Seduction of the Innocent is a book by American psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, published in 1954, that warned that comic books were a negative form of popular literature and a serious cause of juvenile delinquency. The book was taken seriously at the. The book was taken seriously at the time in the United States, and was a minor bestseller that created alarm in American parents and galvanized them to campaign for censorship. At the same time, a . Congressional inquiry was launched into the comic book industry

Can comic books negatively condition children’s behavior? In the 1950s that question provoked a furore, when the psychiatrist Frederic Wertham alleged comics had serious, deleterious effects

Can comic books negatively condition children’s behavior? In the 1950s that question provoked a furore, when the psychiatrist Frederic Wertham alleged comics had serious, deleterious effects. Dennis Doyle, who teaches history at St Louis College of Pharmacy, explores the story. In 2009, the Walt Disney Company purchased Marvel Comics. The decision made good commercial sense. Indeed, Fortune Magazine has said that measured by any standard, aesthetic or financial, it was phenomenally successful.

Seduction of the Innocent 1. "Such Trivia As Comic Books" Introducing the Subject "And I verily do suppose that in the braines and hertes of children, which be membres spirituall, whiles they be tender. "Such Trivia As Comic Books" Introducing the Subject "And I verily do suppose that in the braines and hertes of children, which be membres spirituall, whiles they be tender, and the little slippes of reason begynne in them to bud, ther may happe by evil custome some pestiferous dewe of vice to perse the sayde. If you act like hoodlums you'll be treated like hoodlums. But were these youths treated like I 'kids" in the first place? Were they protected against the corrupting influence of comic books which glamorize and advertise dangerous knives and the guns that can be converted into 'deadly weapons?

Seduction of the Innocent book.

Seduction of the Innocent book. Wertham claims in the beginning to have spent seven years on detailed studies of comics I've heard about this book and its impact on the comics industry for more than twenty years, but this is the first time I've gotten my hands on a copy instead of relying on someone else's summary and quotes-the book has been.

This book, Seduction of the Innocent, is the result of seven years of scientific investigation conducted by Dr. Fredric Wertham. For over twenty-five years Dr. Werth am has been giving expert opinion in medico-legal cases. From his studies on the brain came an authoritative textbook, The Brain as an Organ, used all over the world. His clinical investigations resulted in the discovery of a new mental disease now incorporated in leading psychiatric textbooks.

Known for his 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent, Wertham was an outspoken critic of comic books and argued .

Known for his 1954 book Seduction of the Innocent, Wertham was an outspoken critic of comic books and argued they played a role in causing juvenile delinquency. Beginning with his work with troubled youth as a psychiatrist, the play goes into the events leading up to his infamous book and the cultural fallout that resulted, as well as the effect it had on Dr. Wertham's life.

Seduction of the Innocent is a book by German-American psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, published in 1954, that warned that comic books were a negative form of popular literature and a serious cause of Juvenile delinquency. The book was a minor bestseller that created alarm in parents and galvanized them to campaign for Censorship. Congressional inquiry was launched into the comic book industry.

Wertham's book led to a moral panic over the content of comic books that ultimately resulted in the founding of the Comics Code Authority . In 1954, Wertham published Seduction of the Innocent, codifying those arguments.

Wertham's book led to a moral panic over the content of comic books that ultimately resulted in the founding of the Comics Code Authority and the eventual folding of one of the major publishers of the era, EC Comics. Originally from Munich, Germany, Wertham worked at New York City's Bellevue Mental Hygiene Clinic and worked closely with the state courts, testifying in a few high-profile cases on the mental state of defendants.

In Seduction of the Innocent Wertham discusses a 7-year-old boy, Edward, who he says has been having nightmares .

In Seduction of the Innocent Wertham discusses a 7-year-old boy, Edward, who he says has been having nightmares after reading Blue Beetle comics, about a hero who supposedly changes into a beetle. Kafka for the kiddies! Wertham wrote. Elsewhere in the book Wertham argues that the superheroes Batman and Robin represent a wish dream of two homosexuals living together, and cited a young gay man who says that he put himself in the position of Robin and did want to have relations with Batman.

Result of 7 years of scientific investigation into the effects that comic books have on the minds and behavior of children who come in contact with them. His ideas on the harmful effects created by media-induced violence resonate with those who are concerned by the searing of our cultural fabric. Includes new Introduction by Wertham scholar, James E. Reibman, Ph.D.Amereon books have been proudly made in the United States of America for over 40 years. The avoidance of OCR software in addition to sourcing the highest quality originals, allows Amereon to provide readers with the best possible hardcover books.
I remember reading a first edition of the book back in the early 1970s. It is amazing that back in the 1950s the worst youth could have as bad influences were rock & roll and tawdry comic books. Author Wertham suggested that the violence in the 10 cent comics had an undue influence on teens and pre-teens. Curiously, Wertham suggests that the comics of the 50's were seething with sexual images but perhaps he sees more into the comic illustrations than might be there. Not all triangular lines represent female genitalia nor every dark patch pubic hair. It is amusing when you consider that everyone can see something different in an image just as everyone sees something different in a cloud formation. Psychiatrist Wertham's work did much to bring about the comics code in the mid-50's. Seduction of the Innocent did to comics what movies like "Rebel Without A Cause" and "West Side Story" did for switchblade knives. If Wertham were alive today, there's no telling how he'd react to devices such as Wii and XBox and how seductive the sex and violence may seem to today's youth.Agree with Wertham or not, it is fun to live for a moment back in the good ol' days.
If you are a comic book/graphic novel enthusiast, this is a must read. Both entertaining and informative, It gives a historic look at how comics were first viewed by the American public in the 1950s, the cares and concerns. It is a seminal text if teaching on the history of comics, and works well at comparing how everything changed with the independents in the late 60s and the 1970s, much like the motion pictures Production Code and movie ratings. Check it out.
I had wanted this book for years. I know the original copy is pretty expensive. I was more than glad to be able to get a reprint of this book. I have been collecting comic books since 1979, it is interesting to find out why the comics code was used. The comic code has been retired I think in 2011.
When I sat down to read this book, I found it a bit boring at first, but after I got into it more I found all the aspects of it interesting and it makes me want to actually buy old comics before the code. (of course not its intent)
I've waited nearly 40 years to read this book, and now that Amazon has made a copy available at a reasonable price... it's a bit of a let down, maybe because this book has been analyzed to death since it was first published in the mid 1950's. I don't know what I expected to learn by reading this... it's very slow and boring, and should be read in small doses to fully understand it. None of Dr. Wertham's facts are backed up with any hard data, but nevertheless was responsible for the little postage stamp seen in the upper right hand corner of comics since then (only recently becoming obsolete within the last couple of years).

It's nice to say you've read it, but it wasn't worth the wait.
Unlike the movie industry, which reacted to the complaints against so called objectionable films by allowing the Breen code to be formed, the comic book industry ignored a rising tide of public criticism about the sex and violence kids could read, until the industry almost perished. Comics also included ads for weapons and such items as "breast enlargers, which made comics an even more of a target. That said, Wertham blasts virtually every comic book. Superman is a Nazi concept, although we should be grateful that the S on his shirt is not an S.S. In addition to the irony that the creators of Superman were two Jewish kids who invented the hero as fascism was emerging in the 1930s as a hero of the weak and defenseless, Wertham tacitly approves comic book burning, although the Nazis routinely burned "objectionable reading matter." Wertham's theory of a gay relationship between Batman and Robin, might have been the inspiration for the Lenny Bruce routine, "Thank You, Masked Man," where the Lone Ranger wanted Tonto for a sex partner. (When the good doctor appeared on a talk show during the height of the Batman TV show, he still denounced comics but remained silent on the Batman-Robin liaison.)A 70s newspaper article revisited Wertham's book, and he claimed that comic books no longer showed people getting dismembered, but comics weren't good because they thwarted good reading. Ultimately, Wertham's cure was worse than the disease he fought.