Precode Horror
Youthful/Trojan, 10/1952

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Comic Description: Beware 12 Universal
Grade: 8.5
Certification #: 1076469001
Owner: GAM


Custom Sets: Designed for Delinquency
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Sets Competing: Chilling Tales of Horror  Score: 528
Seduction Productions  Score: 528
Research: See CGC's Census Report for this Comic

Owner's Description

Beware #12, published by Youthful Magazines, is referenced in Fredric Wertham’s “Seduction of the Innocent” (SOTI) in the text on page 388. On page 388, Wertham itemizes comic book storylines and images that he finds troubling and describes one such story as follows “In one comic book ‘the top horror artist in the entire comic book field’ is confined in the ‘state home for mental defectives’ where his little son goes to visit him. Dialogue at the gate between the guard and the boy: Guard: ‘Yes, I know it’s visiting day. But he’s still too violent.’ Little boy: ‘I-I-just wanted to tell him he’s won the ‘ghoul’ for the most horrible comic book script of the year.’”This example is taken from the story “My Daddy Should Have Listened” contained in Beware #12. The story tells the tale of a comic book artist and writer, aptly writing for Beware Comics, that runs out of ideas and turns to his son and his new found playmate “Willie” for storylines. He gets more than he bargains for when he pays a visit to Willie and finds that his monsters are not imaginative but real! I have included a scan of the page that contains the dialogue described by Wertham.

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