For decades, comic book fans across the globe have reviled Dr. Fredric Wertham as the man who single-handedly brought down the "Golden Age" of comics. But is he truly the Lex Luthor he's been made out to be? Today's podcast takes a deeper look at one of the most controversial figures of the twentieth century.
Bart Beaty. Fredric Wertham and the Critique of Mass Culture. University Press of Mississippi, 2005.
David Hadju. The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How it Changed America. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2008.
Jim Trombetta. The Horror! The Horror!: Comic Books the Government Didn't Want You to Read! Abrams ComicArts, 2010.
Music by Kevin MacLeod (www.incompetech.com)