How One Man Nearly Killed the Comic Book Industry

Joe Douglas
9 min readApr 12, 2021
Frederic Wertham

With every generation, a new kind of media comes along that “threatens to destroy the moral fibre of the youth”. Today, it is social media. In the mid-’90s to early 2000s, it was video games and before that, rock music and television. In the 1940’s it was comic books.

During the late 1930s and into the ’40s and ’50s, the comic book medium was at its height. Due to the Great…

Joe Douglas

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