Lot 51 of 340:
MYSTERIES WEIRD and STRANGE #9 * Superior Horror  

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Lot closed - Sold For (Includes Buyers Premium):$48
$80 - $120





September, 1954


Fair (1.5). Soft and pulpy, with creases, tears and nicks, staples a bit rusty, 1" tear to one page. Cream pages. Iger Shop art.

"...Sexual sadism with its most morbid psychological refinements." -Dr. Fredric Wertham on Superior Comics, Seduction of the Innocent [NY: Rinehart, 1954].

Superior's publisher, William Zimmerman, is a poorly-documented figure who emerges dimly through the haze of comics history as a sort of low-budget William M. Gaines. Zimmerman's publishing career mirrors Gaines's in several ways. One of the most significant commonalities is that both of them attempted to defend their comics in government hearings, and both of their attempts backfired badly.

As John A. Lent notes: "Like their counterparts in the United States, Canadian senators in the 1949 hearings showed sympathy for the businessman's position as long as the debate concentrated on intangibles such as freedom of speech and psychology. However, when William Zimmerman of Superior Comics, present to defend crime comics, showed examples, he sealed the fate Bill 10 which outlawed crime and horror comics." J. Lent (ed.), Pulp Demons: International Dimensions of the Anti-Comics Campaign [Fairleigh Dickinson University Press: 1999].

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