Friday, October 30, 2015

Britain’s Frederic Wertham!

Most readers of this blog are familiar with Dr. Fredric Wertham and his notorious book Seduction of the Innocent, which basically attributed 1950s juvenile delinquency to the reading of comic books, specifically horror comics!
But, did you know that Great Britain had a similar cultural phenomenon, known as The Gorbals Vampire, also blaming American horror comics?

Bleeding Cool, a site of such importance to all comics fanboys and fangirls (yes, that includes us) that it should be one of your PRIMARY bookmarks, has posted info on a new BBC documentary about this infamous (and little-known) period of British history!

Link, read, listen, and learn.
For those who do not learn from the past are condemned to repeat it!

1 comment:

  1. While there seems to be no indication that comics were responsible for all those kids roaming a local graveyard in search of a vampire, what most commentators seem to have overlooked is just how impressionable and susceptible children are. After all, something must have influenced them, and trust me, hundreds of Glasgow kids armed with knives and sticks looking for someone to impale is a potential recipe for disaster.

    See my own post at http://kidr77.blogspot.com/2011/02/gorbals-vampire.html

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