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I have never come across any adult nor adolescent
who had outgrown comic-book reading who would ever dream
of keeping any of these "books" for any sentimental or other reason.

-Dr. Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent, page 89
A site dedicated to the comic book censorship crusade of the 1940's and 1950's, Seduction of the Innocent , and the works of Dr. Fredric Wertham.

Seduction of the Innocent is a book written by psychiatrist Dr. Fredric Wertham about the harmful effects of comic books. Published in 1954 and reprinted numerous times since, the book represents the culmination of years of reasearch into juvenile delinquency. SOTI, as it is known in Dr. Wertham's private files and also among comic book collectors, laid the blame for delinquency largely upon comic books. Dr. Wertham's work helped spark a United States Senate investigation and the formation of the Comics Code Authority. SOTI and other anti-comics efforts led to organized comic book burnings and nearly killed the entire United States comic book industry in the mid-1950's.

You'll find a handy timeline of significant events in the anti-comics crusade here.

Help us find the LOST SOTI books!

Hundreds of comics were referenced by Dr. Fredric Wertham in Seduction of the Innocent, the classic 1954 anti-comics diatribe. However, fewer than 150 of those books have been identified by the collecting community. A major goal of this site has been to identify all of the source material used by Dr. Wertham in writing Seduction of the Innocent. Can you help identify the LOST SOTI books?



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