on 15 April 2010
A massive tome of funny animals, Sugar and Spike, Captain Marvel, Dennis the Menace, etc - a superb introduction into a fairly obscure area of comics history. The reproduction is not as good as Marvel Masterworks, DC archives etc but I found a fun and informative read. A useful reference book as well. The introduction mentions that the book is for children and not for adults, but I wonder how many have been bought for children? Most likely will end up on a comic historian's shelf.
on 1 January 2015
In the years before the publication in 1954 of "Seduction of the Innocent" by Frederic Wertham, a large number and great variety of comic books were published. Once the book began to have some influence, the comic book business nearly collapsed, parents and "authorities" were finding unsuitable messages in comics where before there was no hint of such content.
Most of the comic excerpts in this collection were published before that fateful year and even with the passage of sixty years and making allowances for a far less vulgar time, it is hard to see how anyone could have been disturbed by the messages in these comics. In nearly all cases the comics are so silly as to be laughable now. There are no dangerous messages pointing to a path of delinquency or any other detrimental behavior, anyone that somehow finds it is seeing the nonexistent.
This book allows the reader to look back and see children's literature from that era and all interpretations of the content must be evaluated within that historical context. It could also serve as a supplemental text for courses in children's literature, for this is an excellent sampling of young children's reading entertainment in the 1940's.