When Comic Books Were Public Enemy No. 1 | CNBC

Comic books have been a staple of American pop culture for the better part of 90 years. Superhero franchises now dominate the box office, and graphic novels can win the Pulitzer Prize. 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. » Subscribe to CNBC: About CNBC: From ‘Wall Street’ to ‘Main Street’ to award winning original documentaries and Reality TV series, CNBC has you covered. Experience special sneak peeks of your favorite shows,

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