The moral panic that almost destroyed the comic book business

8:00 AM ET Sun, 10 June 2018

In the 1950s, the United States freaked out big time over comics books. There were Senate hearings and comic book burnings. In the end, careers were ruined, companies went out of business, and comics fell under a strict censorship regime for decades. At the center of all this were two very different men — EC Comics publisher Bill Gaines and psychologist Fredric Wertham.