Seduction of the Innocent: Parade of Pleasure by Geoffrey Wagner
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Parade of Pleasure

Parade of Pleasure is a book by Geoffrey Wagner that was published in 1954. POP, as it is sometimes known, criticized comic books, movies and paperback books of the day. Although POP contained many of the same criticisms of comic books contained in Seduction of the Innocent, the influence of POP was significantly less in the US than that of SOTI.

Update October, 2010: New (Old) Parade of Pleasure Found!

Did you know that there were TWO editions of Parade of Pleasure published in 1950's? The first was the version noted in the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide, which is the edition published in 1954 by Derek Verschoyle, London. The second one was published by Library Publishers, New York in 1955. The Overstreet Guide implies that the UK version was distributed in the U.S. by Library Publishers, but the U.S. version is an entirely different printing from the following year. See below for the differences between the US and UK versions of the book.

Update August, 2010: New Parade of Pleasure just released!

After more than 50 years out of print, Parade of Pleasure has come back in print! Pure Imagination just published a new edition of Parade of Pleasure. This softcover edition features lots of new B&W photos (omitting some of the original color photos that were in the original POP).


Update September, 2009: Two new Parade of Pleasure books found!

Battlefront #11 and Battle Action #12 are both pictured on the dust jacket
of Parade of Pleasure. However, these books were largely unknown
to POP collectors until SeductionOfTheInnocent.org identified them!

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Comics pictured on the dust jacket of Parade of Pleasure, pictured above:

(top row)
Blackhawk 62
Combat 10
Master Comics 132
Crime and Justice 14

(next row of comics)
Classics Illustrated 89
World War III 2
Fight Against Crime 15
Horrors of War 12
Combat Kelly 12

(next row of comics)
Battle Brady 11
Tales from the Crypt 31
Combat Kelly 12
Battlefront 11 (not noted in Overstreet)
As-yet Unidentified war comic

(last row of comics)
Vault of Horror 26
Atomic War 4
Terrors of the Jungle 21
Adventure Comics 189
T-Man 11
Blackhawk 66
Battle Action 12 (not noted in Overstreet)

 

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UK edition of Parade of Pleasure, dust jacket, front

US edition of Parade of Pleasure, dust jacket, front

UK edition of Parade of Pleasure, dust jacket, rear

US edition of Parade of Pleasure, dust jacket, rear

UK edition of Parade of Pleasure, book front

US edition of Parade of Pleasure, book front

UK edition of Parade of Pleasure, dust jacket flap

US edition of Parade of Pleasure, dust jacket flap.
Note the changes for an American audience.

UK edition of Parade of Pleasure, title page

US edition of Parade of Pleasure, title page

Below is a list of all known comics used in the British equivalent of Seduction of the Innocent,
Parade of Pleasure by Geoffrey Wagner

Title Issue  
  Action Comics   168   Used in POP, p. 90
  Action Comics   176   Used in POP, p. 90
  Adventure Comics   189   B&W and color illo in POP
  All-True Crime   49   Used in POP, p. 79
  Atomic War   4   Used in POP, p. 96 & Illo
  Batman   74   Used in POP, p. 90
  Battle Action   5   Used in POP, p. 93, 94
  Battle Action   12   Used in POP, cover illo, not noted in Overstreet
  Battle Brady   11   Used in POP, p. 95 plus B&W & color
  Battlefront   11   Used in POP, cover illo, not noted in Overstreet
  Beyond   18   Used in POP, p. 81, 82
  Black Cat Mystery   33   Used in POP, p. 89
  Blackhawk   61   Used in POP, p. 91
  Blackhawk   62   Used in POP, p. 92 & color illo
  Blackhawk   66   B&W & color illos in POP
  Canteen Kate   3   Used in POP, p. 75
  Captain Marvel Adventures   142   Used in POP, p. 92, 96
  Captain Marvel Junior   104   Used in POP, p. 89
  Classics Illustrated Crime and Punishment   89   Cover illo in POP
  Classics Illustrated Hamlet   99   Used in POP, p. 102
  Classics Illustrated MacBeth   128   Used in POP, p. 102
  Combat   10   B&W and color illos in POP
  Combat Casey   8   Used in POP, p. 94
  Combat Kelly   11   Used in POP, pgs 94, 95 plus color illo
  Combat Kelly   12   Color illo in POP
  Crime and Justice   14   Color illos in POP
  Crime and Punishment   58   Used in POP, p. 79
  Crime Does Not Pay   105   Used in POP, p. 84
  Crime Does Not Pay   111   Used in POP, p. 80 & 81
  Crime Exposed   10   Used in POP, p. 81
  Crime Exposed   13   Used in POP, p. 81
  Crime Must Lose!   11   Used in POP, p. 89
  Crime Smashers   13   Used in POP, p. 79, 80
  Crimes By Women   8   Used in POP
  Down With Crime   3   Used in POP, p. 106
  Down With Crime   6   Used in POP, p. 80
  Famous Funnies   204   Used in POP
  Fight Against Crime   6   Used in POP, p. 83, 84
  Fight Against Crime   15   B&W & color illos in POP
  Fight Comics   78   Used in POP, p. 99
  Fight for Freedom   nn   Used in POP, p. 102
  Fox Giants- Throbbing Love   nn   Used in POP, p. 107
  Gangsters and Gun Molls   3   Used in POP, p. 84, 85
  Headline Comics   3   Used in POP, p. 84
  Horrors of War   12   Color illo in POP
  Is This Tomorrow?   1   Used in POP, p. 102
  Jumbo Comics   155   Used in POP, p. 98
  Jungle Comics   143   143, 145 Used in POP, p. 99
  Jungle Comics   145   143, 145 Used in POP
  Jungle Thrills   16   Phantom Lady & Rulah story - reprin
  Ka'a'nga Comics   10   Used in POP, p. 99
  Leave it to Binky   29   Used in POP, p. 78
  Marvel Family   78   78, 81 Used in POP, p. 92, 93
  Marvel Family   81   78, 81 Used in POP p. 92, 93
  Master Comics   132   B&W and color illos in POP
  Murder Incorporated   3   Used in POP, p. 81
  Planet Comics   69   Used in POP, p. 101, 102
  Plastic Man   40   Used in POP, p. 91
  Rangers Comics   63   Used in POP, p. 85, 99
  Sheena, Queen of the Jungle   18   Used in POP, p. 98
  Soldier Comics   8   Illo in POP
  Star Spangled War Stories   133   Used in POP, p. 94
  Superman   81   Used in POP, p. 88
  Suzie Comics   88   Used in POP, p. 76, 77
  T-Man   11   Used in POP, p. 95 & color illo
  Tales From The Crypt   31   B&W and color illos in POP
  Tales From The Crypt   34   Used in POP, p. 83
  Terrifying Tales   11   Used in POP, p. 99, 100, all Jo-Jo-
  Terrors of the Jungle   21   Used in POP, p. 100 & color illos
  Thrilling Crime Cases   47   Used in POP, p. 84
  True Crime Comics vol. 1   2   Used in SOTI, p, 81, 82 plus illo
  True Crime Comics vol. 1   4   Jack Cole c/a
  Vault of Horror   23   Used in POP, p. 84
  Vault of Horror   26   B&W & color illos in POP
  War Report   4   Used in POP, p. 94
  Weird Science   17   Used in POP, p. 81, 82
  Whiz Comics   142   Used in POP, p. 89
  Wings Comics   115   Used in POP, p. 89
  Wonder Woman   50   Used in POP, p. 97
  World War III   2   Used in POP, p. 78 & B&W & color il

 

 
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