... the Superman formula is essentially lynching.
Instead of teaching obedience to law, Superman glorifies the "right" of the
individual to take that law into his own hands. Instead of being brave and
fearless, Superman lives in continuous guilty terror, projecting outward in
every direction his readers' inward aggression. In the ten-year effort to keep
supplying sinister victims for Superman and his imitators to lynch, comic
books have succeeded only in giving every American child a complete course in
paranoid megalomania such as no German child ever had, a total conviction of
the morality of force such as no Nazi could even aspire to.
Nor are the comic books lacking in any of the trappings of their Naziism.
There is the same appeal to pagan gods for totally unearned powers; there is
the same exploitation of magical insignia; there is the same anti-
intellectuality, not only in the worship of thick necks and ape-jaws, and in
the stock characters of the "mad" scientist, but in actual propaganda strips
showing whole hordes of sinister scientists about to enslave and destroy the
world. There is of course the same anti-Semitism -- the more sinister villains
have Jewish noses -- there is the same glorification of uniforms, riding-
boots, and crushed caps; and there is the same undercurrent of homosexuality
and sadomasochism. ...