The Press: Racketeers of Childhood

Young America now gobbles up about 10,000,000 comic books a month—an overseasoned, indigestible, nerve-shattering, eye-ruining diet of non-comic murder, torture, kidnappings, sex-baiting. Traceable to these hyperthyroid thrillers are many a midnight scream in the nursery, many a juvenile nervous tantrum. Some parents ban the lurid comic books; the more thoughtful try to substitute "good" books. Meanwhile the comic books go marching on—with a slight drop due to the loss of the export market. *

Last week Young America was offered a new eye-compelling antidote to the comic books—a 64-page, bi-monthly called True Comics (10¢60¢ a year). The publisher was Parents' Magazine, headed...

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