I do not have to use the polite words of a professional - Wertham made up many of his findings, distorted the truth, ignored important facts and didn't ever see many of the young people he claimed to. The innocents that were seduced were parents and book buyers, whom he wanted to follow his lead. Apparently Zealots don’t care about the facts as long as they can succeed in getting their views across.
And so, comics were forced to change and for a decade were written mostly for children. Wertham said he was against censorship, but would also say a higher authority was needed to control comics. If that isn’t censorship what is? Wertham altered his speeches and changed his tune in different sections of the country. In New York, where the major publishers were, he had said that he only wanted to ban "crime comics", which he said made up only 6 percent of the titles. In other parts of the country he would say "crime comic books are comic books that depict crime, whether the setting is urban, Western, science-fiction, jungle, adventure or the realm of supermen, 'horror' or supernatural beings." In other words, just about all serious comics.
We discover that many of the children used for Seduction’s examples were not seen by Wertham, but by others, in many institutions. Most of the children had long-term disorders, which Tilley lists as including "undesirable habits" (e.g., masturbation and nightmares), "personality traits" (e.g. daydreaming and restlessness), and "undesirable behaviors" (e.g. truancy and disobedience)". Wertham, it turns out, had not seen all those children and relied on the reports of others.
Tilley researches the gay issue: "In Seduction, Wertham proposed that homosexual men identified strongly with the Batman comics... More specifically, Batman and Robin offered readers 'a wish dream of two homosexuals living together.' Wertham shared the insights of a young homosexual man who stated, 'I think I put myself in the position of Robin. I did want to have relations with Batman.' The young man... was actually two men, ages sixteen and seventeen, who had been in a sexual relationship with one another for several years and had realized they were homosexual by the age of ten. Wertham combined their statements, failing to indicate that the seventeen-year-old is the one who noted, 'The only suggestion of homosexuality may be that they seemed to be so close to each other' and omitting the phrase that followed, 'like my friend and I.' Further, Wertham did not make any mention that the two teens had found the Sub-Mariner and Tarzan to be better subjects than Batman and Robin for their early erotic fantasies."
There are several other inaccuracies and falsification of data on this subject, such as Wertham mentioning Batman totally out of context to a subject’s statement. "Wertham’s treatment of evidence in Seduction and his responses to questions about his comics-related research were indicative of a larger pattern of spurious and questionable behaviors."