The Press: Are Comics Fascist?

The U.S.—moppets and moppet-minded grownups—buys some 25,000,000 comic books each month. Are they good for children?

Those who say yes include Dr. Lauretta Bender, psychiatrist at New York City's Bellevue Hospital, and an adviser to the editors of Superman. Her opinion: "The comics may be said to offer the same type of mental catharsis to their readers that Aristotle claimed was an attribute of the drama."

Those who say no got a strong advocate last week: Walter J. Ong, onetime professor of English at Denver's small Regis College, now completing his Jesuit studies at St. Mary's (Kansas) College. Said Ong in...

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