The Press: Horror on the Newsstands

On the newsstands of the U.S. and Canada, more comic books are sold than any other type of magazine. About a quarter of the 80 million comic books that readers buy each month are known as "horror comics," bearing such titles as Tormented, The Thing, Web of Evil. Typical plot: a gravedigger falls in love with a beautiful girl, kills her in a fit of passion and then makes love to the corpse. When rigor mortis sets in, the gravedigger is strangled in the dead girl's arms. Such gory plots and pictures, which brought on a congressional investigation of horror comics...

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