Precode Horror

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Comic Description: Spook 24 Universal
Grade: 7.0
Certification #: 0917891008
Owner: GAM


Custom Sets: Designed for Delinquency
Precode Horror
Sets Competing: Tales of Suspense and Mystery  Score: 130
Seduction Productions  Score: 130
Research: See CGC's Census Report for this Comic

Owner's Description

Spook #24 is referenced in Fredric Wertham’s “Seduction of the Innocent” (SOTI) in the text on pages 182-183.

Wertham believed that comic books, through the depiction of masochistic sexual fantasies, contributed to sexual delinquency in children. On pages 182-183 he describes one such example “Typical masochist fantasies that could be straight out of Sacher Masoch are offered to little boys and girls by the comic-book industry. In one story a baroness has two male slaves. They ‘obey her every whim while she lorded it over them with a savage tyranny!’ The accompanying picture shows the baroness, whip in hand. She talks about forcing a man ‘to come to me on his knees’ and speaks of him as ‘my willing slave.’ In one scene which might be from a case history by Krafft-Ebing you see her whipping a man who is crouched on the floor: ‘So! You dare to kiss me, do you, you dog? Take that! And that!’”

The story referenced by Wertham was originally printed in Inside Crime #2 under the title “The Mad Baroness - Peril in Paradise” and reprinted in Spook #24 under the title “Mad Demon of the Grave”. It’s unclear what comic book Wertham used when referencing the story described on pages 182-183 so both comics are considered SOTI references.

I have included a scan of the panel that contains the Baroness whipping the “dog” that dared to kiss her.

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