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‘Seduction’ exhibit chronicles history of comic book censorship

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Hollywood blockbusters and mass merchandising have made comic book heroes a fixture of American pop culture, but many older fans can recall a time when Batman, Superman and their allies were deemed a menace to the country's youth.

That period of moral panic – one that led to Congressional hearings and the establishment of a "Comics Code" – is featured in the "Seduction of the Innocent" exhibit that opens Friday at Alternate Reality Comics on Maryland Parkway near Flamingo Road.

The exhibit – on display through Nov. 28 – bows ahead of next week's Vegas Valley Book Festival and comic book festival at the Clark County Library.

"Seduction of the Innocent" was the title of an infamous 1954 book by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham, whose claims that comic books exposed children to sex and violence led to a McCarthy-like probe of the industry.

As a result, several titles were canceled and the Comics Code Authority was formed to police the various properties.

An opening reception for "Seduction of the Innocent will be held Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and will serve as a fundraiser for the nonprofit Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

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