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Seduction of the Innocent, published in 1954 by psychiatrist Dr. Frederic Wertham was one of the most impactful events in comic book history, leading to censorship in comics and the establishment of the Comics Code Authority  This category lists issues that were referenced in the book with Wertham's reasons for why comic books were damaging to the youth of America

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  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comic Code Authority
  • Reason: Wertham felt these comics were preventing children from reading the actual novels
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Mid $400
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High $2k
  • First comic book to feature a horror story throughout
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comic Code Authority
  • Reason: Mr. Hyde beats a little girl to death with his cane
Low $75
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Mid $225
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High $850
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: a stereotypical character profile of African Americans that failed to capture the humanity of the source material
Low $65
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Mid $200
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High $725
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: a woman wearing a skirt has one leg fastened to a chair and the other raised and tied to a box as a man approaches her with a hot poker
Low $55
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Mid $175
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High $620
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent which led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: two criminals drain the blood of an unconscious woman into a jar
Low $25
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Mid $75
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High $235
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: Wertham writes, 'a man hanged from a tree, a Negro in chains, a girl about to be raped and massacred...is that what you want your children to think is the history of your United States'
Low $125
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Mid $400
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High $1k
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: a woman is tied to a post and repeatedly lashed by a man whose love she denied
Low $80
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Mid $240
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High $790
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: Wertham describes the first 8 pages of this comic as being gratuitously violent and a poor representation of the source material
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Mid $35
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High $100
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: after witnessing the beating of an old man, a woman explains how she has become desensitized to witnessing the violence that used to disturb her
Low $60
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Mid $175
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High $660
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: panels of a blindfolded man, tied to a chair with his eyes gouged out
Low $15
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Mid $55
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High $150
  • Biography of Harry S Truman
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: false account of history, Truman's inspiration to run for president incorrectly credited
Low $35
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Mid $100
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High $315
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: Wertham claims there is a hidden drawing of a nude female on a man’s shoulder (see image overlaid on cover, turned sideways)
Low $115
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Mid $350
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High $1k
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: a girl nailed by the wrists to a tree with blood flowing from her wounds
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Mid $70
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High $220
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: an honest politician is murdered by a man who says 'bullets are better than ballots,' to which the narrator replies, 'ah, the impulsive boy. He's absolutely fearless. Why can't everyone be like that?"
Low $310
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Mid $930
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High $4k
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: commonly known as a 'Headlights Comic' referring to a woman's breasts
Low $75
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Mid $220
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High $800
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: an alien threatens to burn a woman's eyes out with an electric prong
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Mid $300
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High $1k
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: Wertham said, ‘adolescent boys call these Headlight Comics’ referring to the depiction of breasts
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Mid $75
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High $280
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: Wertham calls a map drawn by criminals 'a comic-book map for crime'
Low $900
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Mid $3k
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High $12k
  • Cover art by Matt Baker
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: Wertham writes of the cover art, 'sexual stimulation by combining Headlights with the sadist's dream of tying up a woman' (headlights a reference to her breasts)
Low $210
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Mid $675
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High $2k
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: a man threatens to stab a woman in the eye with a syringe and criminals drag two men to their death on a gravel road, optimal for 'erasing faces'
Low $18
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Mid $55
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High $180
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: provides instructions on how to steal from the blind
Low $18
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Mid $55
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High $180
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: gratuitous violence (reprinted from True Crime Comics #2)
Low $90
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Mid $280
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High $1k
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: a female character expresses that a gentleman does not hit a woman with a blackjack, he uses his fists
Low $25
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Mid $270
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High $225
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: the main character believes that those who disobey his orders deserve to be killed feels guilty after murdering a deaf man
Low $40
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Mid $120
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High $425
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: a mother teaches her children to kill the police and a man chokes a high school girl to death because she denied him a kiss
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Mid $200
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High $500
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: Wertham said, ‘adolescent boys call these Headlight Comics’ referring to the depiction of breasts
Low $20
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Mid $60
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High $190
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: a criminal instructs his partner to punch a man in the eye using brass knuckles and to twist them upon impact
Low $25
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Mid $80
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High $250
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: the most predominant word 'GUNS' is irresponsibly marketed to children
Low $18
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Mid $55
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High $180
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: Wertham criticizes the publisher of this issue who displayed the comics code logo but did not adhere to the rule that no blood is to be shown
Low $55
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Mid $160
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High $600
  • Referenced in Seduction of the Innocent, led to establishing the Comics Code Authority
  • Reason: criminals drain the blood of a woman (reprinted from Red Seal Comics #16)

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