Senate Interim Report - Comic Books and Juvenile DelinquencyAfter a bit, however, there crept into Canada the crime comic in its original form. Juvenile delinquency and comic books. While pointing out that it is unlikely that comic books are a primary cause of juvenile delinquency, he stated that it should not be overlooked that certain comic books may aid and abet, as it were, delinquent behavior which has been set in motion by other forces already operating on the child. While the form originated in , American comic books first gained popularity after the publication of Action Comics, which included the debut of the superhero Superman. This site is like a library, Use search box in the widget to get ebook that you want. Yes, according to Seduction of the Innocent, a book that outraged parents and led to a major shake- up in the comic- book industry.
Comic books and juvenile delinquency 1955
The event took place on April 21, , at the Foley Square U. Courthouse now the Thurgood Marshall Courthouse , in New York City, where a subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee charged with investigating the causes of juvenile delinquency took on an imminent danger within: the comic-book industry. The hearings were televised. An investigation conducted by senators has been compared to a court run by kangaroos, and the analogy is not unfair, except possibly to the kangaroos. The normal rules of evidence do not apply in congressional hearings: badgering is appreciated; the verdict has frequently been arrived at in advance. Perry Mason, swatting away objections like flies as he sweated the truth out of guilty witnesses, faced more stringent procedural constraints.
Hennings, Jr. The public hearings took place on April 21, 22, and June 4, , in New York. They focused on particularly graphic "crime and horror" comic books of the day, and their potential impact on juvenile delinquency. When publisher William Gaines contended that he sold only comic books of good taste, Kefauver entered into evidence one of Gaines' comics Crime SuspenStories 22 [April-May ] , which showed a dismembered woman's head on its cover. Chief Counsel Herbert Beaser asked: "Then you think a child cannot in any way, shape, or manner, be hurt by anything that the child reads or sees? Kefauver: "Here is your May issue.
Be that as it may, he and other proponents of eliminating comic books developed enough social momentum to set up the Kefauver hearings where congress interviewed various comic book and comic strip makers to determine if there was a linkage between comic books and juvenile delinquency. Religious leaders, civic groups, educators, the press, and government officials have voiced concern since the 19th century over supposed deleterious effects on children of popular culture, from dime novels and motion pictures to comic books, and television. Beaty mentions the breakup, in , of the American. Claimed juvenile crime was " at its highest peak since WW2" when in reality had declined overall - April 21, began hearing testimony regarding the links between comic books and juvenile delinquency. The committee held three days of hearings in New York City the location selected because most of the comic book publishers were based there , called twenty- two witnesses, and accepted thirty- three exhi. Copies of crime and horror comic books published by Entertaining Comics Group.