Tag: Fredric Wertham

In A Time Of Dark Nostalgia

“Create new loves for the person suffering from love sickness; find new joys to ease the domination of the old.” ~ Dr. Hippolyte Petit There was a time when nostalgia was an illness, not a pleasantly bittersweet feeling that arises when contemplating another time. Nostalgia was an illness […]

25 Horror Comics Proving Wertham Right (Not Really)

Over at Dork Forty, Mark puts up a gallery of harrowing pre-Comics Code horror comics: “In spite of Frederick Wertham’s claims in his legendary anti-funnybook screed Seduction of the Innocent, reading lurid comics featuring gruesome images of horror is cathartic, natural, and (most important) fun! For the whole damn […]

Batwoman: Elegaic

In this time of uncertainty and dread, with Batman dying and Dick Grayson taking up the cowl, with dead Robins returning all crazy or replacing Batgirl, with Bruce Wayne taking a global crimefighting initiative Batman Inc. public, there’s one thing I am sure Gotham that has going for […]

DO YOU KNOW JACK?

As you might know, if you’ve read my bio here on the Gutter, I’m a partner in Ottawa’s oldest surviving cinema, The Mayfair Theatre. In August, we showed two films that on the surface have little in common: Robert Altman’s neo-noir The Long Goodbye and Woody Allen’s slapstick […]

Superheros on a Slant

I Shall Destroy All the Civilized Planets! brings back fond memories of the passionate works of maniacal genius I’ve occasionally scored at book fairs and zine shows—tracts with titles like “Thousands of Degrees Hot!” and minicomics like “Linda Saves Detroit” or “The Brain Parasites.” Fletcher Hanks’ comics are […]