Wednesday, December 08, 2004

This item brought to you by Fredric Wertham

In its "Looking Back in History" column, Arizona's Coolidge Examiner digs through its archives for this little gem from the week of Dec. 10, 1954:
The Phoenix City Council last week placed a ban on the display and sale to minors of crime and horror comics. A similar state-wide ban has been recommended by the state juvenile delinquency study committee and its lay advisory board.

The action of the Phoenix council was sharply opposed by druggists and by the Phoenix City Council of Parent-Teacher Associations, (who) urged a 60-day delay so that the recently formed code of the Comics Magazine Association of America might have a chance to show whether or not the situation can be controlled within the industry rather than by legislation.