Thursday, February 28, 2013

Interview: author of Seduction of the Innocent - Max Allan Collins

"Your brand new novel, Seduction of the Innocent, is set in 1954 and is about comic books, censorship, and murder. Was there a particular inspiration for the novel? As I very young kid, I knew about Dr. Frederick Wertham and his book, also titled SEDUCTION OF THE INNOCENT, and that comic books were under fire. The first real generation of comics fandom came out of those years, of growing up seeing comic books you loved either disappear or be censored into nothingness by the Comics Code Authority, the self-censorship group spawned by Wertham. All through the sixties and seventies and beyond, really, Wertham was the Boogie Man of comics. So that time period, and a Wertham-like anti-comics crusader as murder victim, seemed ideal." 3.5 out of 5