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Detroit History: “Mind-Rotting Repulsive Filth!”

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(Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

(Photo by Chris Hondros/Getty Images)

“Mind-rotting repulsive filth”… that’s how some local Pillars of Society described the crime comic books many Detroit kids loved to read 60 years ago.

In 1951, Detroit Police Commissioner Harry Toy was shocked and outraged by what he called communist teachings, sex and racial discrimination that infested kids’ favorite reading material.

Distraught parents blamed teens’ bad behavior on the cartoon murder-and-mayhem while the city’s campaign to clean up local newsstands went all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Get the whole story in this edition of Joe Donovan’s Detroit History Report:

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