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Title Facts Forum News, Vol. 4, No. 1, January 1955
Series Title Facts Forum News
Creator
  • Facts Forum
Contributor
  • Evans, Medford
Publisher Facts Forum
Date January 1955
Language eng
Subject
  • Anti-communist movements
  • Conservatism
  • Politics and government
  • Hunt, H. L.
Place
  • Dallas, Texas
Genre
  • journals (periodicals)
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  • Text
Identifier AP2.F146 v. 4 1955; OCLC: 1352973
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  • University of Houston Libraries
  • Facts Forum News
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Title File 033
Transcript no scei agetjDo Comic Books Contribute Dllege campuses ortlsutufito Juvenile Delinquency? Literally thousi* s exist, exampl'" uvecNILE delinquency is much too mild term to describe the wave of youth horror and sadism that has swept the njustice, »n country. Authorities such as FBI Chief ussion of some J J. Edgar Hoover have expressed deep m taking some J\and growing concern. What are the aboratory, office! causes of the spreading wave of teenage advance our soCejtrimes? For example, do comic books expose them tojcontribute to juvenile delinquency? nonconformists. To answer tnis question, Facts For- I would like wfnm's STATE OF THE NATION pro- and for all. TrAj,ram brought together three distin- ing I ever heardigUjsh00i Americans: Ham Fisher, crea- history, a pronator of the "Joe Palooka" comic strip; irer on ancient'John Goldwater, president of the Comic ly "a loud-moulBook Association of America, and Dr. r." In a lecture1 Daniel A_ p0Hng, author of "The Glory IcCarthy is heWjand Wonder of the Bible" and editor of esite of the sciewlthe Christian Herald. jlogy instriu I"1 German instrUJDo comic books contribute "a paid inform't0 juvenile delinquency? time. 1 wonder m of the studentl Dr. Poling and Ham Fisher say "Yes" their freedom n<4"—Or. Poling pointing out that comic indience to this M'ooks of the highly suggestive variety .u|(,(| ,,, i would not be published if they had no 's also very cuf"1 influence and further contending that if keeps talking aM'hey have any influence at all, it is a if hysteria, but I liad influence. e in particular! "Don't pinpoint comic magazines," ts took place. If'insists Mr. Goldwater, staling that the e objective and J blaming of comic books is "an extreme come out and te» position which is not substantiated by le magazine se^ any valid research" and referring to the someone in the * findings of psychiatrists and crime vet here he hjj authorities to support this assertion. jple are afraid. ' While agreeing unanimously that cle if there ever 1 there are both good and bad comic hooks, there is a difference among the •ould not say ' '"" ;ls to tne percentage of comic books ' given to harmful "excesses." Seven or eight per cent, says Mr. Goldwater, while Dr. Poling estimates 25 per cent. New York Magistrate Charles F. Murphy, specialist in juvenile delinquency, was appointed by the association to draw up a "code of ethics and standards" and act as administrator. Declares Mr. Goldwater: "Judge Murphy is out to do a job and we in the association have pledged ourselves to cooperate with him 100 per cent. The reason that past efforts have failed was the fact that we didn't have a Judge Murphy; we didn't have a code administrate!; we didn't have a set-up, a review staff; we didn't have the cooperation of the printers, the publishers, and the engravers. We have it now; we have the whole industry behind Judge Murphy; and he is going to do a job." A previous unsuccessful restraining effort is cited by Ham Fisher: "Several years ago the New York legislature's special committee for the study of comics put out a pretty severe criticism and a warning. A lot of comic book publishers promised they'd abide by this; so they put out even more dirt and filth—more horrid, lurid sex crimes —and put a little phrase on top, 'Crime does not pay,' and got away with it." However, in support of the new industrywide association, Mr. Fisher states, "I don't think Judge Murphy will stand for any of this bunk; this time I think it will be carried out." Also praising Judge Murphy, Dr. Poling says, "I've been terrifically impressed by what he said and by this code; and I believe that under his leadership we shall have better things in the future. The magazine of which I am editor will support this kind of program." Is self-censorship effective? Less than a month after the organization's formation, thirty-eight titles were dropped "as a voluntary gesture on the part of publishers who had published these magazines which were considered in bad taste," Mr. Goldwater states with pride. "As of this date, there isn't a single horror or terror comic magazine being published. They're all out, completely eliminated." The restraining influence has reached Great Britain, according to Ham Fisher. who cites the case of "a publisher who was reprinting American comics. The reason he dropped them was the fact that the American publisher dropped them and, therefore, he couldn't get the plates from the United States. He announced with a great big fanfare, 'I'm dropping horror comic magazines,' just like a lot of other comic book publishers who found that the people weren't going to let their children buy them." What about legal censorship? Voicing unanimous disapproval of legal censorship, the Irio states: Ham Fisher: "There's a certain town in the United States that's just appointed a legal censorship committee. This is the most dangerous thing in the world. I'm much against legal censorship; it's the first step toward socialism. If the publishers don't do it, they will destroy themselves." Mr. Goldwater: "Nobody wants (Continued on Page 39) >rs at Yale wetfl to take a sta«' •: How about on" , lhat was the par* "hot '* being done to r . ,„ eliminate harmful comics? tlormist. lire is no conform Self-censorship is the method beii used by the Comic Book Association of ih,- liberalsids] .T_ nfi America to "eliminate those few maga- tTercIlleliate ^ »n«which violate the concept of good i an approximate '. laste> says Mr. Goldwater. president ot sugg<* ' i, org* .Lai the newly-formed association which represents nearly the entire comic book industry. approxi -is the name la. little or n< 'lis group which •is that "get togelhv.. ilierty." us Mr. Ret*> iety of Individual'5, cat philosophy; ,(j ... _..fc ' all the great f.WJ 'N THE MARCH ISSUE ilosophy lhat ljl\ | OF FACTS FORUM NEWS . tesl possible mi'"'" ;. And it thinks tit' 'uarantce pro-; of colleges in "" , r information ""l-jj of Irvington-on-o Dr. Bella V. Itodd discusses Communist infiltration of the comic book industry. Ham Fisher, creator of "Joe Palooka" FACTS FORUM NEWS, January, 1955 Page 31 NEWS, January,
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