"It is my opinion", Wertham told the senators and the cameras, "without any reasonable doubt and without any reservation, that comic books are an important contributing factor in many cases of juvenile delinquency." The child most likely to be influenced by comic books, he said, is the normal child; morbid children are less affected, "because they are wrapped up in their own fantasies". Comic books taught children racism and sadism — "Hitler was a beginner compared to the comic book industry," he said. In his book, he said that "Batman" comics were homoerotic and that "Wonder Woman" was about sadomasochism. He was even critical of "Superman" comics: "They arouse in children fantasies of sadistic joy in seeing other people punished over and over again while you yourself remain immune," he testified. "We have called it the Superman complex."
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submitted by chaos, June 16, 2009
From Louis Menand's article "The Horror", in The New Yorker, discussing Fredric Wertham, author of Seduction of the Innocent.
This quote was added March 25, 2008.