I know kids are impressionable but what impresses them and inspires them are as different as…well, kids. Not all kids are into the same thing just like not all adults have the same interests, which is a benefit to the species as a whole. It’s how we have advancements as varied as airplanes and air conditioners, various kinds of arts, and numerous recipes for every possible taste bud. Variety isn’t just the spice of life, it’s essential for humanity to progress.
It’s the way Dr. Wertham is portraying the more graphic comics as well as slams against the entire medium that makes it hard to agree on the points that he’s right, because he then takes it too far and the end result is that he comes off to modern comic fans as going overboard and being some kind of kook. Wertham is pushing all these horrible tales of crimes committed by kids and teens and blaming comics not as the inspiration but the source of why these kids are behaving as they are, despite numerous other things going on in the 1950s, especially in the cities.
Read along with me because there is more to go through in this chapter as Wonder Woman continues to be blamed, and oddly the bondage stuff isn’t what’s bothering him.