Parade of Pleasure: A Study of Popular Iconography in the USA

New York: Library Publishers, 1955. First American Edition, originally published in the UK by Derek Verschoyle the previous year. Photo illustrated throughout, with different images than the UK edition.

An early examination of the negative influence of pop culture on the American public, with sections on film, pin ups, pulp novels, television, and, most importantly, comic books, which Wagner referred to as "the marijuana of the nursery." A companion piece to Fredric Wertham's infamous "Seduction of the Innocent," just as influential in the creation of the Comics Code Authority, and far more scarce.

Near Fine in a Very Good example of the rare dust jacket. Front board slightly bowed. Jacket chipped, affecting the "P" in "Parade" on the front panel and publisher's name on the heel, with a few short closed tears, repaired with cello tape on the verso, and faint creasing. A presentable copy overall.

[Book #139429]

Price: $1,500.00