Well ... it's a little
As I've said, I don't really disagree with Groth's criticism of DC Comics Inc. or its parent company or the generally shabby business ethics of the comic book publishing industry over the last century, and the hypocrisy that lies therein, when you consider the heroic, selfless adventures that it publishes while buggering its own people.
And as a fanboy with a lifelong fondness for Superman, I'm not crazy about his licensed appearance on ... so much
crap. But as a "Peanuts" fan, even as a kid, I regretted that Charles Schulz sold out his
characters as much as he did. I mean, Met friggin' Life?!
To entirely dismiss Superman and not take into account that the character does now stand for something good in the minds of children (of all, cough-cough, ages) -- to brush aside the comments of Harlan Ellison and others, who aren't naive but who nonetheless find something special in the character -- to snicker at anyone who admires what the teen-aged Siegel and Shuster created during the Great Depression in that little house in Cleveland -- I think that reveals an essential heartlessness.
If you truly take that cold a view of funnybooks, then ye gods, Gary Groth, to dedicate your life to comic books and writing about comic books elevates masochism to a high art.