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COMIC DETAILS

Comic Description: Mysterious Adventures 18 Universal
Grade: 4.0
Page Quality: CREAM TO OFF-WHITE
Certification #: 1222071009
Owner: GAM

SET DETAILS

Custom Sets: 1954-55 U.S. Senate Comic Books and Juvenile Delinquency Report and Testimony
Designed for Delinquency
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Sets Competing: Thrilling Tales of Suspense  Score: 79
Research: See CGC's Census Report for this Comic

Owner's Description

In 1954 and 1955 the U.S. Senate convened hearings and issued a report on comic books and juvenile delinquency. Noteworthy participants in the hearings included Fredric Wertham, author of the book “Seduction of the Innocent”, and William Gaines, publisher of EC Comics.

Mysterious Adventures #18 is one of the comics cited as an example of “depraved violence” in the Senate report. In particular, Mysterious Adventures #18 interior story “Bottoms Up” is used as an example of inappropriate content for children. “Bottoms Up” tells the story of an alcoholic husband and father whose neglectful actions leads to the death of his son. In rage, the wife murders the husband and puts various body parts in bottles of alcohol. The story ends with the macabre note that its not a case of the liquor being in Lou but rather Lou being in the liquor.



 
 
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