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1954 New York Legislative Report: Sex, Terror, Crime and Brutality

Category:  Eras/Ages
Owner:  GAM
Last Modified:  10/25/2020
Set Description
In 1949 the State of New York formed a legislative committee to study the publication of comics. The committee issued a series of reports beginning in 1950 and carrying through 1957. The 1951 report and the 1954 report contained illustrative sections depicting comics that the committee found objectionable. Appendix A from the 1954 report pictured 15 comic covers the committee noted as depicting "sex, terror, crime and brutality" and this set contains those comics.

Set Goals
Collect all 15 of the comics referenced on Appendix A of the 1954 State of New York legislative report that the committee found to depict "sex, terror, crime and brutality".

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1954 New York Legislative Report Fantastic Fears 6 Universal 5.5 In 1949 the State of New York formed a legislative committee to study the publication of comics. The committee issued a series of reports beginning in 1950 and carrying through 1957. The 1951 report and the 1954 report contained illustrative sections depicting comics that the committee found objectionable.

The cover of Fantastic Fears #6 is contained in Appendix A of the 1954 report. Page 16 of the report describes Appendix A as containing examples of covers “depicting sex, terror, crime and brutality”. In addition to appearing in the 1954 report, the cover of Fantastic Fears #6 is considered a classic by the Overstreet Guide.
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1954 New York Legislative Report True Love Problems and Advice Illustrated 26 Universal 9.2 In 1949 the State of New York formed a legislative committee to study the publication of comics. The committee issued a series of reports beginning in 1950 and carrying through 1957. The 1951 report and the 1954 report contained illustrative sections depicting comics that the committee found objectionable.

The cover of True Love Problems and Advice Illustrated #26 is contained in Appendix A of the 1954 report. Page 16 of the report describes Appendix A as containing examples of covers “depicting sex, terror, crime and brutality”.
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1954 New York Legislative Report Startling Terror Tales 9 Universal 5.5 In 1949 the State of New York formed a legislative committee to study the publication of comics. The committee issued a series of reports beginning in 1950 and carrying through 1957. The 1951 report and the 1954 report contained illustrative sections depicting comics that the committee found objectionable.

The cover of Startling Terror #9 is contained in Appendix A of the 1954 report. Page 16 of the report describes Appendix A as containing examples of covers “depicting sex, terror, crime and brutality”.
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1954 New York Legislative Report Horrific 10 Universal 4.5 In 1949 the State of New York formed a legislative committee to study the publication of comics. The committee issued a series of reports beginning in 1950 and carrying through 1957. The 1951 report and the 1954 report contained illustrative sections depicting comics that the committee found objectionable.

The cover of Horrific #10 is contained in Appendix A of the 1954 report. Page 16 of the report describes Appendix A as containing examples of covers “depicting sex, terror, crime and brutality”.
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1954 New York Legislative Report Out of the Night 14 Universal 7.0 In 1949 the State of New York formed a legislative committee to study the publication of comics. The committee issued a series of reports beginning in 1950 and carrying through 1957. The 1951 report and the 1954 report contained illustrative sections depicting comics that the committee found objectionable.

The cover of Out of the Night #14 is contained in Appendix A of the 1954 report. Page 16 of the report describes Appendix A as containing examples of covers “depicting sex, terror, crime and brutality”.

In addition to being referenced in the 1954 New York Legislative Report, Out of the Night #14 was also featured on a poster board prop used in the 1954 U.S. Senate subcommittee hearings exploring the link between comics and juvenile delinquency.

The poster board, displaying 24 comics representative of the “Crime, Horror & Weird Variety”, appears in a picture with Senator Robert C. Hendrickson (Chairman of the Senate subcommittee). Standing alongside Senator Hendrickson is New York State Assemblyman James A. Fitzpatrick. The cover of Out of the Night #14 is located on the poster board at row 3, 1st in from the left.

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