Saturday, June 25, 2011

Dr Wertham in 1968

Here we have a great but little known interview by William F. Buckley, Jr with the much-maligned Dr Fredric Wertham, whose ill-thought out book SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT was, fifteen years or so earlier, the catalyst behind the collapse of the comics industry at that time. In retrospect, I think that the good Doctor meant well and that the abolition of the more violent, exploitative comic books lead to the much more creative era we now know as the Silver Age of Comics. Although this clip is incomplete, Wertham still gets in a jab at "crime comics" in spite of the fact that, as an actual genre, they had not existed for more than a decade.

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