I read in the Chicago Tribune that the comic-book industry is in the tank; sales of the Superman/Batman group, for instance, have declined 72% in the past three years. Then I read in the New York Times that the record industry is in "one of the most perplexing crises it has faced in decades," with new albums by such well-known groups as Hootie & the Blowfish moldering on the shelves. Is it safe to assume that the young people of this country are finally concentrating on their homework?

To put the question another way, If both rock music and comic books...

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