Divorced because of comic books

I'm sure she was better off rid of that comic-book-reading weirdo.

Idaho State Journal - Oct 8, 1949

Wife Asks Divorce Because Hubby Reads Comic Books
SALT LAKE CITY — Mrs. Ida Thompson Thursday sued Henry G. Thompson for divorce because he "frequently bought comic books by the dozens and sat around and read them while refusing to help care for our baby."
In asking for a legal ending to their 16-month marriage, Mrs. Thompson requested custody of their infant child and possession of a table and chair set. Their only other possession, she said in her complaint, was a leather saddle which Thompson had bought with a loan. She said he could have the saddle.
     Posted By: Alex - Sat Oct 31, 2015
     Category: Divorce | 1940s

Betch'a she'd be glad to have those comic books graphic novels now! Ah betch'a.
Posted by Expat47 in Athens, Greece on 10/31/15 at 10:11 AM
Well, she did not ask for a divorce because he read comic books per se, but really because he did nothing but and did not help with their child. He was immature and seemed to have no intention to grow up from the sounds of it.
Posted by Patty in Ohio, USA on 10/31/15 at 10:57 AM
I wonder what happened to the comic books. Even by the late 1960s, some early ones were worth enough she might have been able to sell them to pay for the kid to go to college.
Posted by Phideaux on 10/31/15 at 07:42 PM
How many husbands helped to care for the baby in 1949 and in Utah no less? Sounds like she was just tired of playing house and wanted to move back home so her folks could care for the kid instead of her.
Posted by F.U.D. on 11/01/15 at 04:13 AM
@F.U.D~ I agree. The husband may work his ass off every day with a nagging boss. He is able to shut out his nagging wife by reading comics. I read into this that they were both too young and it must have been a shotgun wedding.
Posted by BMN on 11/01/15 at 04:42 AM
@BMN: I agree. Those were my thoughts exactly.
If he was still alive today and still had the comic books, he could really clean up on them.
Posted by GFnKS on 11/03/15 at 11:55 AM
Patty: from the sounds of it, so was she.
Posted by Richard Bos on 11/07/15 at 08:36 AM
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