In Silent Shift, we focus on the smaller, less publicized events. In this edition of Silent Shift, we focus on Fredric Wertham, a villain to Comic fans. Among comic book aficionados, Dr. Fredric Wertham is often considered to be as slimy and evil as any creature ever to appear in the horror comics he criticized. Fredric Wertham is notoriously known as the child psychiatrist who led an almost puritannical witch-hunt against the comic book industry. His essays.

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Dr. Fredric Wertham

An Interview with Fishball at Fredrkc DC and Marvel quickly curtailed their horror publications, refocusing all their efforts on the superhero genre. Wertham continued to work as a psychiatrist, his focus moving back to children after his time at Bellevue. Fredric Wertham also corresponded with Sigmund Freud for a while, which inspired him to become a psychiatrist.

Despite this, Wertham remains best known for his concerns about the effects of violent imagery in mass media and the effects of comic books on the development of children.

From Life Magazine, October 1,Dr. The country had recently gone through its industrial revolution, bringing America into the modern age. Nic Cage, Voice Actor: Interestingly enough publishers weren’t half as willing to publish this manuscript as they were with his anti-comics essays.

And Fredrc have done a great deal of work – sometimes with great difficulty – to prevent young people from being sent to reformatories where they are often very badly treated. Using the clout he had gained through his years of being an expert witness at Bellevue, Wertham took his findings to the Senate, where he argued that the government must take action against the comic industry.

Although a few copies were distributed with the frerdic bibliography at the end of the book, most copies of the bibliography were removed by the publisher. Wertham was interested in protecting children from harmful material in comic books, television, and anywhere else negative influences might be found. Only, Aphrodite has given up on love! During this time, he started to focus and hone his thesis; the corruption of children.


Fredric Wertham was born in Munich, Germany on 20 March Around fredgic time Wertham corresponded and visited with Sigmund Freudwho influenced him in his choice of psychiatry as his specialty. In the spring ofthat infamous tome was published, clocking in at pages plus a page section of illustrations. He would dress fredruc, playing the part of wealth, even though with a closer examination, it was clear his clothes were shabbier and dirtier than they first appeared.

Most of the country had begun to industrialize, and the economy had taken a huge upswing, making riches for bankers and farmers alike. Wertham became a driving force behind a whole industry shakeup and is the cause of many lost jobs fredtic comics. frderic

He was a moral knight, believing himself the harbinger of decency. Issue 1 of Bongo Comics’ Radioactive Man shows comics from Rod Runtledge’s collection that satirize Wertham’s negative view of comic books.

This was the first time Dr. By his early twenties, he had already started his crime spree, becoming a violent pedophile. To defend his earlier position on comics he wrote: There are many different huge events throughout history that have greatly impacted both society and culture. An article on Wertham’s anti-comic book views appeared in the well-respected Collier’s magazine. Senate on juvenile delinquency, many frightened comic publishers got together, formed the Comics Magazine Association of America and laid out the infamous Comics Codewhich stated exactly what comics could and could not depict.

In case you are lucky enough to not be familiar with the work of Fredric Wertham, he was a New York City psychiatrist who worked with juvenile delinquents and soon became an expert in the field.

Wallace Wood lampooned Wertham in Mad Magazine issue 34, August as “Frederick Werthless” in ‘Baseball Is Ruining Our Children’, which depicted the batshit insane psychologist explaining an equally far-fetched theory about the dangers of baseball. Of all the criminals Wertham interviewed, one specifically stands out among the rest, for his violence and cruelty; Albert Fish.

With such exponential growth and change, the common people of the world found themselves lost in a daze.

Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture

They set up a list of very strict rules regarding what comics were allowed to show and what not. Wertham’s main concern always was the psychological well-being of children.


Bertham who was kidnapped and turned into a monster by a mad scientist in Seaboard ‘s Brute 2 April By the late s EC Comics started specializing in very gruesome horror, fantasy and thriller comics which offered disturbing imagery that few films offered at the time.

Although he had published several books before Seductionits sharp criticism of popular culture in general–and comic books in particular–made it a touchstone for debate about issues of censorship, child protection, and freedom of speech.

He died on November 18, at his retirement home in Kempton, Pennsylvania. The book was a huge hit and caused a massive backlash against the comic industry.

Fredric Wertham – Wikipedia

Wertham with Rosalie Tilt. Fredric Wertham, an internationally known psychiatrist who believed that comic books, movies and television shows that featured crime, violence ftedric horror exerted a damaging influence on many juveniles and young adults, died November 18 at his retirement home in Kempton, Pennsylvania. After retiring, Wertham devoted himself to writing ‘A Sign for Cain’again attacking environmental impulses such as comics and movies for being major influences on criminal behavior.

He wrote an article about the detrimental effects of segregation that was used in the landmark Brown v. Gaming and Internet Subculture. A Tale of Two Tredric He became a stereotype; that of an old man, yelling at werthqm progress of man, wondering why the world seemed cold and scary now.

Dr. Fredric Wertham

Con men, criminals, and murderers alike found themselves at home using and abusing the star-struck populace. Around the same time teenagers emerged as a subculture who wanted to rebel against society. Some people saw connections between juvenile crimes and these books and demanded a ban.

It is at this point where Wertham and Fish meet. Wertham from the dust jacket of SOTI. Inhe published his first book, ‘The Brain as an Organ’. Wertham linked comics to crime, and in his following work he took this line even further. Over the years I have been director of large mental hygiene clinics Forms Stretched to their Limitsp.