In February 1952, as part of the observance of the Catholic Book Week students at St. Paul’s High School in the Green Ridge section of Scranton took part in a comic book burning.

The students destroyed over 1,000 comic books that were deemed “undesirable.”

children around a bunch of books

Members of St. Paul’s School AA (All-Comic Anonymous) throw “undesirable” comic books on a bonfire in the school yard on Feb. 21, 1952. The burning was to mark Catholic Book Week.
Standing from left: Joseph Riley, James P. Flynn, Anne Ryan, Mary Claire Ferguson, Paul J. Flynn, Jane St Pierre, Annette Basalyga and Marlene Roth. John Earles kneels at left. Gilbert O’Connell and Edward Ruane are at right. Times-Tribune Archives

Here is the article that appeared in the Scranton Times dealing with the burning.

Feb. 22, 1952 – The Scranton Times

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