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Comic Description: Mysterious Adventures 11
Grade: 7.0
Certification #: 1102784010
Owner: GAM


Custom Sets: Designed for Delinquency
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Sets Competing: Thrilling Tales of Suspense  Score: 227
Seduction Productions  Score: 227
Research: See CGC's Census Report for this Comic

Owner's Description

Mysterious Adventures #11 is referenced in Fredric Wertham’s “Seduction of the Innocent” (SOTI) in the text on page 84. On page 84, Wertham describes comic book scenes that he found disturbing. One such passage reads as follows “A counterpart to the girl who dreams about murder and morphine is the equally blond girl in another comic book who muses over a cigarette: ‘I like to remember the past! It was so wonderful!’ What was ‘so wonderful?’ This girl was the young wife of a Nazi concentration-camp guard. You see him hit a half-nude prisoner with a truncheon while she says: ‘Hit him again, Franz! Make him bleed more! Hit him!’ Evidently the industry thinks that some children learn slowly, for the same scene is repeated in a close-up: ‘Hit him some more, Franz! Hit him! Make him bleed more, Franz! Make him bleed!’ And later she says: ‘I like to remember the prisoners suffering, the beatings and the blood!’”The scene that Wertham describes comes from the story “A Grave Diggers Terror!” contained in Mysterious Adventures #11. I have included a scan of the title page from this story that shows Frieda (the blond girl) urging Franz to beat the prisoner. The story unfolds as Wertham describes with the twist at the end that Frieda is a vampire and she is killed, along with her husband Franz, by the ghoul of a prisoner that was killed as a result of their beatings.

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