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Child Vampire Hunters Caused Comic Censorship

samzenpus posted more than 4 years ago | from the think-of-the-children dept.

Censorship 8

krou writes "The BBC has an interesting story of events that took place in 1954 Scotland that eerily echo recent debates regarding video games. On September 23, 1954, 'Hundreds of children aged from four to 14, some of them armed with knives and sharpened sticks, were patrolling' a local graveyard, telling a bemused police officer who went to investigate, that they were 'hunting a 7ft tall vampire with iron teeth who had already kidnapped and eaten two local boys.' The children returned to the graveyard for several nights. Soon, the so-called 'Gorbals Vampire' became subject of a media frenzy, and they began to search for the origins of the urban legend. Sure enough, 'blame was quickly laid at the door of American comic books with chilling titles such as Tales From The Crypt and The Vault of Horror, whose graphic images of terrifying monsters were becoming increasingly popular among Scottish youngsters.' Despite a few dissenting academics pointing out that no vampires matching the description given ever appeared in these books (and that a monster with iron teeth actually appears in the Bible and a poem taught in local schools), the moral panic resulted in a media and political frenzy calling for an end to children's minds becoming 'polluted' by 'terrifying and corrupt' comics. The end result was the introduction of the Children and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act 1955 which banned the sale of material with 'incidents of a repulsive or horrible nature' to minors."

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8 comments

What? Which one have you been reading? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31571764)

"a monster with iron teeth actually appears in the Bible"

[Citation Needed]

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Re:What? Which one have you been reading? (2, Informative)

kdcttg (980465) | more than 3 years ago | (#31572280)

Daniel 7:7:

After this I saw in the night visions, and behold a fourth beast, dreadful and terrible, and strong exceedingly; and it had great iron teeth: it devoured and brake in pieces, and stamped the residue with the feet of it: and it was diverse from all the beasts that were before it; and it had ten horns.

http://bible.cc/daniel/7-7.htm [bible.cc]

Re:What? Which drug was he taking? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31574524)

Yeah, Daniel. He really knew how to party, that dude....

lol, whut? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31574568)

a media and political frenzy calling for an end to children's minds becoming 'polluted' by 'terrifying and corrupt'

The end result was the introduction of the Children and Young Persons (Harmful Publications) Act 1955 which banned the sale of material with 'incidents of a repulsive or horrible nature' to minors."

Wait, they banned the Bible in Scotland?
good for them...

Re:lol, whut? (1)

krou (1027572) | more than 3 years ago | (#31574854)

Wait, they banned the Bible in Scotland?

Only in comic format.

Re:lol, whut? (1)

Grishnakh (216268) | more than 4 years ago | (#31586376)

I should hope so. An illustrated version of the Bible would show all kinds of horrible things, like enemy tribesmen being slaughtered and women raped, and "God" approving of it all.

Inaccurate title (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#31577488)

>"Child Vampire Hunters Caused Comic Censorship "

Factually incorrect. Should be "Hysterical Idiot Adults Caused Comic Censorship".

Not American (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#31588004)

This vampire is actually of British origin:
http://www.jamesbondwiki.com/page/Jaws [jamesbondwiki.com]

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