Doctor Doctor


Tuesday, February 2, 2010

“The real question is this: Are comic books good or are they not good? Now it all depends on what you want. If you want to raise a generation that is half storm-troopers and half cannon-fodder, with a dash of illiteracy, then comic books are good. In fact, they are perfect.”

Via Bill Kartalopolous, an audio file of a pretty terrific old episode of The Author Meets the Critics, featuring a debate with the infamous Dr. Frederic Wertham.

UPDATE: Oh, and gee, I should mention that this is a different episode than the one Tom Spurgeon highlighted the other day, which also featured Wertham, along with Al Capp.

Because of my dereliction of duty, let me point you to an article I only recently discovered was available online, Robert Warshow’s famous essay on Wertham and EC, in which he references the Capp/Wertham episode in question.

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2 Responses to “Doctor Doctor”
  1. Benjamin Marra says:

    The insane, outrageous perceptions, theories and arguments that Wertham and supporters make against comics are the things I wish comics more resembled.

  2. Jeet Heer says:

    I didn't know that the Warshow essay was available online. It's a great piece of writting, which everyone should check out.

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