The Press: Not So Funny

The Los Angeles Times ran a cartoon last month showing a hand clutching a pistol and a copy of a comic book called Sordid Crimes. The caption asked: "Do your children handle loaded guns?" The Times* was belatedly getting into the fight against the sex-and-violence comic books which are the bastard offspring of newspaper comics.

Last week the cartoon seemed prophetic: the Los Angeles County sheriff had in custody a 14-year-old boy who had poisoned a 50-year-old woman. He got the idea, and the poison recipe, he said, from a comic book. There were other alarming cases, too. A 13-year-old boy's parents...

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