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Collins Mixes Comics and Murder in "Seduction of the Innocent"

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Acclaimed writer Max Allan Collins discusses his new prose novel surrounding the murder of a Frederic Wertham-like figure targeting comic books in the 1950s, the future of "Ms. Tree" and more.

Max Allan Collins is a figure familiar to many comics fans. He's the writer behind the "Road to Perdition" series of graphic novels, one of which was adapted into an acclaimed film starring Tom Hanks. He wrote the "Dick Tracy" comic strip for many years and has written many other comics ranging from "Batman" to "Wild Dog" to "CSI" and his long-running "Ms. Tree" series, but Collins is primarily known as a novelist.

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His newest novel, "Seduction of the Innocent," will be released February 19 from Hard Case Crime. The most recent of his Jack and Maggie Starr novels, the book involves a Frederic Wertham-like figure and a murder that happens in the midst of the anti-comics hysteria of the 1950s. Like his earlier novels in the series, all of which are set in the world of comic books, the characters have been fictionalized and feature a number of figures that comics fans might know.

Collins took time out to talk to Comic Book Resources about whether this is the last we've seen of the Starrs, the future of Nathan Heller and when we can see more "Ms. Tree."

"Seduction of the Innocent" is available February 19.

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