Comic books account for about 80 percent of all printed material in Mexico, considerably more than books and newspapers combined. Critics argue that the simplistic, sensationalistic, melodramatic style of most historietas ā€” combined in recent years with generous servings of violence and quasi-pornography ā€” panders to baser instincts, undermines family values, and encourages the introduction of foreign cultural symbols like El Pato Donald (Donald Duck) and Superman.

Robert Buffington
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