The Press: The Big Business

On newsstands all over the U.S., "pornography is big business." So reported a special House committee last week, after investigating what it called an "incredible volume" of "cheesecake girlie magazines," "salacious" pocket-size books, and "flagrantly misnamed 'comics.' " The committee, headed by Arkansas Democratic Congressman E. (for Ezekiel) C. Gathings, found a big increase in "lewd magazines" and in the number of "obscene" books among the 200 million pocket-size books sold in 1951. In addition, the committee declared that of the 70 million comic books sold last year in the U.S., many (e.g., "war horror comics") are not only unfit...