Looks at how crime and horror comic books are effecting youth. It focuses on parents' anger towards the medium, as well as increased levels of juvenile delinquency from children who read comic books weekly.
Discusses story of 14 year-old Roy Adams who suffocated and performed an "unnatural sex act" on an 8-year-old girl. The altercation allegedly took place following an argument about ownership of a comic book.
Discusses how the State Training School for Boys at Warwick N.Y decided to use comic books as a means of curbing delinquency. The comics utilized were written for the specific purpose of curbing youth violence.
The journalist speaks with children about why they read comic books, and what they think about the proposed ban on crime comics. Many of the children agree that banning the books would only make them more desirable.
States that the public's reading tastes are changing as a result of newspaper coverage of the ongoing crisis. Some comic book publishers and distributors are choosing to self-censor, but this effort is not enough to protect children.