Seduction of the innocent is a book by american psychiatrist fredric wertham published in 1954 that warned that comic books were a negative form of popular literature and a serious cause of juvenile delinquency the book was taken seriously at the time . This limited edition 2004 reprint of seduction of the innocent will make a welcome addition to the bookshelves of those studying cold war culture moral panics or the history of comics it maintains the pagination of the 1954 first edition and includes the shocking examples of comics that fredric wertham chose to bolster his argument. Yes dr fredric werthams seduction of the innocent is vital to understand the history of comics and why for so long they really were just for kids but good lord rarely has such shoddy science made such an impact on popular culture to its eternal detriment. Seduction of the innocent is a book written by psychiatrist dr fredric wertham about the harmful effects of comic books published in 1954 and reprinted numerous times since the book represents the culmination of years of reasearch into juvenile delinquency. Even more relevant today than it was in the year of its production seduction of the innocent packs a powerful punch and should be required viewing in all schools and rehabilitative facilities
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