In 1973 Freddie took a u-turn and published a book entitled "the
World of Fanzines". In this book he claimed that sci-fi and comics
fandom were responible for the creation of a new form of art and
expression that helped to promote communication and artistic
endeavor. That fanzines were a positive force in the individual
growth of teenagers!
After the publication of this book, New York Comic Art Convention
founder and promoter Phil Seuling invited Wertham, born in 1895, to
be a member of a panel at the coming convention to speak to "his
fans". In reality it was a setup.
When Wertham arrived at the panel he found himself the target of
angry comic fans who complained he ruined the field in the fifties.
Hecklers were throughout the audience and with the animous reaching a
fever pitch, Wertham left the panel and the convention.
He never wrote another word on comics and died in 1981..