Book Burning And You

First U.S. printing, 1954.

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With a bat-shit insane Pastor making news about burning some holy book, the history of book burning has cropped up more than a few times in the news over the past week.  Comic books have a nice history when it comes to this form of public protest.

CBC has a great article covering the history of book burning.

United States, 1948

That year residents in Binghampton, N.Y., went house-to-house gathering and burning comic books they feared would spread moral depravity among American youth.

“Groups of students continued to burn comic books in school yards around the country, some under the sway of their parents and teachers, some in concord with them,” writes David Hadju in his 2008 book The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America. (Bookforum has a long excerpt and a photo of a Binghampton burning.)

Another wave of comic book burnings followed the publication of Seduction of the Innocent, by American psychiatrist and comic book foe Fredric Wertham in 1954.