The Press: Bane of the Bassinet

A lot of Americans like comic strips, but some hate them. One who hates them belligerently is Author-Critic John Mason Brown. Last week during a radio debate in Manhattan's Town Hall on what's wrong with the funnies, he collided with boisterous Cartoonist Al Capp (real name: Alfred Gerald Caplin).

Critic Brown admitted "that as a part of every healthy diet, everyone needs a certain amount of trash. . . . The comic books, however . . . [are] the lowest, most despicable, most harmful and unethical form of trash. . . As a people we must grow up. . . . We...

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