Utah Mother Condemns Spectre #9 (1987)

Utah Mother Condemns Spectre #9 (1987)It's been a familar site in certain stores to see packs of random comic books bagged together and sold for a reduced price. Often compiled from comic store buyouts, it's a way to get rid of a lot of comics cheap and provide an easy bargain for a casual customer. They commonly contain, say copies of Brigade, Turok #2 or the like. Of course, one can't always tell the comics you are buying as a result.

In a Utah chain of bargain store Dollar Tree, one mother bought a pack to give to her ten year old son, only to discover a copy of Spectre #9 from DC Comics from 1987.

With this kind of scene;

Utah Mother Condemns Spectre #9 (1987)

ABC TV quote the child as saying;

"I seen the naked lady and I got mad." Ten year old Sheldyn Conley loves comic books but knew something was wrong when he opened "The Spectre." He says, "I just turned the page and I seen the naked ladies so I handed it to a grown and said, 'Look at this.'"

On the very first page are two large drawings of a naked woman. There's more nudity throughout the comic as well as violence. Stepfather Kenny Stong says, "He's a little young to be exposed to that kind of situation or environment, what not."

The wrap around the comics reads All comic books inserted in the "Superhero Comic Book Spectacular" are family friendly and will bring hours of enjoyable reading. A Dollar Tree manager states that the packaged books were taken from retailers who couldn't sell them and the packages have now been removed from shelves across the state.

Who'd have thought it would be a twenty-three year old comic that would kick this kind of thing off again?

About Rich Johnston

Founder of Bleeding Cool. The longest-serving digital news reporter in the world, since 1992. Author of The Flying Friar, Holed Up, The Avengefuls, Doctor Who: Room With A Deja Vu, The Many Murders Of Miss Cranbourne, Chase Variant. Lives in South-West London, works from Blacks on Dean Street, shops at Piranha Comics. Father of two. Political cartoonist.

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