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Dr. Fredric Wertham, Linocut by Jason Young, 2009, Gift of the artist (2012)

Dr. Fredric Wertham
Linocut by Jason Young, 2009
Gift of the artist (2012)

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Dr. Wertham and the Comic Code

From March 19 throughout July 21, 2013

Fredric Wertham (1895-1981) was born as Friedrich Ignatz Wertheimer into a Jewish merchand family in Nuremberg, and worked a psychiatrist in the early 1920s in Munich. This exhibition on Wertham in the Study Area at the Jewish Museum Munich coincides with the Comicfestival München 2013.

After emigrating to the USA in 1922, he became one of the most influential opponents of comics, in which he believed he could recognize a danger to young readers.

The puritanical atmosphere of the McCarthy era was the ideal breeding ground fpr such opinions. On his initiative , the "Comic Code" was introduced in 1954. This seal of approval for comics, a voluntary means of self-control for large comic publishers, lead to the emergence of underground comics, which were not allowed to be sold to children or youths. Fredric Wertham became the stereotypical enemy of the avant-garde comic scene, which dedicated a number of comics to him, such as "Freddie Werham Goes to Hell" or "Dr. Wirtham's".


Texts: Bernhard Purin
Translation: Christopher Wynne
Exhibition Design: Juliette Israel
Graphic Design: Haller & Haller
Exhibition Production: Verena Immler and Sabine Menges