Also, the EC Horror Comics were aimed at older
teenagers, not the small kids who bought them
because the retailers unwisely stuck them next to
Donald Duck or Archie Comics. A ratings system
similar to the one used by modern retailers might
have helped avoid all the ruckus. The retailers
wouldn't sell violent Mickey Spillane novels to
small kids, so why did they sell equally violent
EC Comics to the nippers?
Very young kids yes. I think kids about 10 upwards buying EC/Harvey comics at the time would have loved them with no harm at all.
I started reading Creepy, Eerie, Psycho etc. from the age of 11 when I found a shop that sold them in the UK. I loved and still do love the horror genre.