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  1. If you know me, you know I get totally jazzed when I discover new information related to Seduction of the Innocent. And I'm totally jazzed. On pages 310-311 of Seduction of the Innocent, Dr. Wertham wrote, There are publicity comic books to influence adults. Sylvia F. Porter, the financial columnist, writes about a comic book got out by the American Bankers Association: "The aim is not just to amuse you. Not by a long shot. It is to mold your thinking in a specific way." If that is true of good comic books for bankers, isn't it true, too, of bad comic books for children? They mold a child's thinking in a specific way. For many years, the Overstreet Comic Book Price Guide has contended that this was a reference to Peter Penny and His Magic Dollar, the 1947 comic put out by the American Bankers Association. I had this quote on my list of things to research one of these days. Was Sylvia Porter's article really referring to Peter Penny and His Magic Dollar? Or the other known Peter Penny book, Peter Penny Saves the Day? I was pleasantly surprised to find the answer in a Facebook group for freebie comics. A gentleman named Michael Styborski had posted the original Sylvia Porter article that I had intended to hunt down. Thank you, Michael! That led me to some fun tidbits... First off, here's the article, which appeared in The Amarillo (TX) Daily News, January 20, 1949 as well as the Philadelphia Inquirer, December 27, 1948. Scroll past the photo if you like, because I've transcribed the text below. Here's the text of the article, with the relevant parts highlighted in red. Industry is finally discovering the comic book – greeting it with huzzahs and hoopla, taking it over with energy and enthusiasm. After all these years, the men who make American industry are recognizing that what Popeye has done for spinach and Jiggs has done for corned beef and cabbage, the descendants of Popeye and Jiggs can do for private enterprise, the profit system, labor management relations, independent banking, and the like. It’s a top-notch development right now. And, according to my friends in the public relations field, we’re seeing just the beginnings of your education to business via the comic strip. Which makes it important for you – the target – to know what’s up and what’s ahead for you and your children. Are you curious about jet propulsion or atom-smashing, interested in X-rays or diesel engines? General Electric is publishing a comib book series on “Adventures in Electricity.” A half-dozen of the booklets are on my desk now; I’ve studied them; they’re superb. And implicit in each cartoon, behind each word spoken by the comic characters, is a song of praise for the American industry which has made such wonders possible and for the company within that industry which has helped so greatly in the job. Do you ever wonder how our banking system functions and what it really contributes to your way of life? The American Bankers Association, that eminently conservative organization of financiers, has a “Peter Penny and His Magic Dollar” comic pamphlet to tell you the teal on an A-B-C level. And it’s putting out a new one, “Peter Penny Saves the Day,” to extol thrift. And here, too, implicit in each cartoon, behind each word spoken by the comic characters is a song of praise for the American system of private, independent banks. Only a few corporations and trade associations have so far explored the medium on a major scale – but these have had astounding success. The Institute for Life Insurance, for instance, decided to experiment with the comic booklet, “The Man Who Runs Interference,” to help sell insurance to you and me. They’re now counting distribution in the millions. Borden’s, W.T. Grant Co., the Milwaukee Railroad have pioneered in the field. You need no explanation from me as to the impact of such characters as Elise the Cow. Surveys indicate that 70,000,000 Americans are regular followers of newspaper strips or comic books; “100 million people have a fixed habit of reading comics in some form,” reports “Public Relations News,” a letter privately circularized among public relations executives. It’s estimated that just the handful of corporations and associations that have tried the comics have distributed 45 million booklets – half of them through the school systems. That last is a statistic in a class by itself. And the publicity experts state: “More and more companies are learning what the government learned during the war: comics have a higher readership and greater influence on the average mind than any other form of communication.” This alone should start the avalanche. As a comic strip devotee myself, I can appreciate the meaning of this development in its entirety. And at this point, there’s nothing wrong with it. If a cartoon will intrigue a stockholder into reading his annual company report, fine; let management put it in the cartoons. If a comic booklet will show the high school student – or graduate – how the private enterprise system operates and why businessmen must make profits under this system, fine; let’s have the comic books. But there’s dynamite in this development- dynamite hidden under its purposes, dynamite obscured by the very ease and simplicity of the communication medium. Selling a product such as spinach via Popeye goes in one class. Selling an idea on profits or strikes or the like via Popeye goes in an entirely different category. So as you read the comic pamphlets that undoubtedly will be coming your way in future months, realize fully that the aim is not just to amuse you. Not by a long shot. It is to instruct you in specific things, mold your thinking in a specific way. Read between, as well as on, the lines. So as it turns out, Sylvia Porter, when quoted by Wertham, was referring to BOTH Peter Penny books: Peter Penny and His Magic Dollar and Peter Penny Saves the Day. She mentions both in her article, and at the end she is referring to the general category of promotional comics when she says that they are intended to mold your thinking. At least, that's what I make of it, but I'm a little biased because I'm always looking to discover new SOTI books. What are your thoughts? Do you agree that both Peter Penny books should now be considered SOTI books? That's tonight's discovery... more about the various version of Peter Penny and His Magic Dollar coming up soon!
  2. Hello folks. Re-reading Seduction Of The Innocent and hunting down the original comic books as I read about them in the text was one of the best ways to deal with the existential horror of 2020. This project continues into the new year! All of this could not be done without the great lostsoti.org website and SOTIcollector's research and info. Even with this valuable resource there are still some things that aren't mentioned on that site that I've found through my own digging and obsessive comic book detective work. Before I get to these discoveries I propose a challenge to the board to find the only image in Dr. Wertham's infamous image gallery that has not been identified. It's shown below. First board member to find the comic gets a FREE COPY of Famous Crimes #19! It's not in the best shape (about a 2.0) but the book is rare, not available to read online, is mentioned in SOTI on page 96, and will be sent to the first person who posts the answer to this mystery for free (with postage paid)! Good luck! I hope someone figures it out after 66 years! WHAT COMIC BOOK IS THIS FROM?
  3. Hope everyone enjoyed their Halloween weekend I have 7 short boxes of comics that i'll be posting over the next few weeks. If you would like a scan of a particular book, please let me know and i'll provide it -- and as always, i'm open to offers. I'm also running a sales thread in the Golden/Silver/Bronze forum and will combine shipping for purchases made in either threads. trumps any PMs or ongoing negotiations. - Prices are in U.S. funds -You pay exact shipping. Here are approximate shipping costs to USA and Canada to give you an idea of what shipping may cost: USA (USD) CDA (USD) WEIGHT (LBS) NY PA OH TN CA WEIGHT (LBS) Canada Wide 1 $5.75 $6.50 $6.50 $6.75 $7.00 1 $7.00 2 $6.50 $6.50 $6.75 $9.00 $10.00 2 $8.00 3 $6.50 $7.25 $7.75 $11.50 $14.50 3 $8.50 4 $6.75 $7.50 $8.50 $13.50 $17.00 4 $9.50 5 $7.00 $7.75 $9.00 $15.25 $20.00 5 $10.00 6 $7.50 $8.25 $9.25 $17.00 $22.75 6 $11.00 7 $7.75 $8.75 $9.75 $19.00 $25.50 7 $11.75 8 $8.00 $9.00 $10.75 $20.75 $28.50 8 $12.75 9 $8.50 $9.50 $10.75 $22.50 $31.75 9 $13.50 10 $9.00 $10.00 $11.00 $24.50 $34.50 10 $14.25 Will ship worldwide. It's expensive, but if you're willing to pay exact cost, I'll ship to you. Please PM for quotes or questions. - Payment is by Paypal only. - No HOSers or anyone on probation. Or anyone on my personal No Trade List. - No returns on CGC graded books. Raw books may be returned if I’m notified within 5 days of delivery and books are returned within 2 weeks. No refunds on shipping costs. Buyer is responsible for return shipping. - I will automatically start a pile for anyone making a purchase and send out invoices after the sales thread is closed. If anyone wants to checkout earlier, please let me know and I'll send out your invoice. - Payment is expected within 7 days of invoicing. - I ship out books once a week - every Sunday. Thanks for looking! Here's my Kudos thread.
  4. Hi there, I hope you're able to stay safe and healthy during these tough times. Some awesome books have popped up lately, and I'm looking to fund a purchase or two. I'll be posting a few at a time, as time permits. Some cool SOTI books to come, as well as a few non-SOTI items. Payment via PayPal. Returns for any reason welcome within 14 days. If the return is due to my error, I pay return shipping; otherwise, you pay return shipping. These items come from a smoke-free and, to the best of our knowledge, COVID-free house. No probationites or shameful ones. Shipping $12 in the US. Sorry, no shipping outside the US at the moment because that requires an extra trip to the Post Office, which I'm not willing to do right now. If you're outside the US and you'd like something in this thread, let's discuss a solution. Shipping via USPS Priority Mail, fully insured. I ship within 3 business days of receiving cleared payment. PM's are welcome, but "take it" in thread beats everything else. . All books unrestored unless noted. I have never pressed a book or bought a book I knew to be pressed, so everything is, to my knowledge, unpressed.
  5. https://rover.ebay.com/rover/0/0/0?mpre=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.ebay.com%2Fulk%2Fitm%2F133332843308 Sweet Lee Elias hanging witch cover. Book is low grade and could probably use some TLC. It is complete and the cover is attached . Go check it out .
  6. I finally got to scanning more books from my collection, these will be more Superman books about 25, I will probably do 1/2 today and the rest tomorrow night.. I take Paypal, MO's or checks. Shipping in the US is $6.00 for a well packed Flat Rate envelope. use at least one Gator board plus cardboard. Someone once told me you could drive a truck over the Gator boards, I have not tried that;) but they are strong. I can fit up to 2 books safely in a FR envelope, after that I'll use a box (no extra charge). If you want to start with a box, I charge exact shipping. If you are out of the US, I'll ship however you'd like, for the exact amount. Out of the US, please pm me before buying if you need a shipping price. I pay for private insurance so that is included. If the book is over $250, it must go signature required. That means if you are out of the US and it's over $250 it has to go priority or Fedex. I take returns for any reason, but you must let me know within 3 days of receipt and the book must be returned within 7 days shipped the way I sent it and packed it.. Buyer pays return shipping. First Take it wins, but I must see the take it if it's in a pm, if I have not acknowledged a take it in a pm, and someone posts one on the boards, then the board one wins (because it's sometimes hard to see the time in a PM). Payment is due within 3 days unless we have an agreement about time payments before you post a take it. All my comics come from a smoke free home. To the best of my knowledge none of these books have been pressed.