“At the heart of this attempt to annihilate an art form was an elderly psychiatrist named Fredric Wertham who would throw his considerable weight and expertise behind a sustained hate campaign aimed at comicbooks. His 1954 best-seller Seduction of the Innocent blamed the comics and their creators for every social ill to afflict America’s children.
But it was Superman—benign Superman—who bore the brunt of Wertham’s hatred. Describing the Man of Steel as a fascistic distortion of truth designed to make children feel inadequate and inclined toward de-linquency, he opined obliquely:
How can they respect the hard-working mother, father, or teacherwho is so pedestrian, trying to teach the common rules of conduct,wanting you to keep your feet on the ground and unable even figuratively speaking to fly through the air? Psychologically Superman undermines the authority and dignity of the ordinary man and woman in the minds of children.
In Wertham’s diagnosis, then, children were too underdeveloped to separate the outlandish fantasy in their comic books from everyday reality,and this made them vulnerable to barely concealed homosexual and antisocial content.”
- Supergods, Grant Morrison