"Literature calculated to encourage depravity" - The Banning Of Detective Comics
The attack on the banning of Detective Comics didn’t end there, but in reality the fight was merely an exercise in formalities. Distributors Gordon & Gotch, seeing a large part of their income stream being potentially stripped, contacted DC/National and advised them of the ban and urged them to intervene directly. DC also felt that the ban was more due to the title of the comic than the actual contents, a point that was valid as it appeared anything with crime related title, such as Detective, was being targeted. This point was driven home when it was pointed out that three of the five banned titles were Detective variations. With that in mind DC duly submitted a copy of Detective Comics #25 to prove their point. It mattered not, the result was the same, the title was still banned with Customs ruling that the comic had much the same content as the previously issue, but there was a difference and a small win. Instead of the book being classified as “Literature calculated to encourage depravity”, it was reclassified as merely being, "...subversive to young minds". The decision to ban the comic was upheld and the ban remained in place. Two issues later a new character would appear, but Australia would have to wait a while longer before it got a glimpse of The Batman.
|Two issues later, not to be seen in Australia|