Not to invalidate anyone's pleasure in doing KOT or the Div. 6 picture-book courses, but to show the Hubbard hypocrisy, here is what he had to say in 1957:
I understand your point, Ted. Still, I was raised in a family that viewed comic books as essentially degraded lit. Cartoons were regarded as legitimate solely when used for satirical purposes, much in the style of the tradition of the "king's fool".
The fact is you use what communicates to the audience you are attempting to reach. And frankly, general literacy standards of today strike me as far beneath those of my parent's generation (circa '20s). Hence "comic book" trainers may be more readily justifiable for a culture with diminished literacy.
Additionally, the higher standards of earlier times may well have been accompanied by a greater tendency to fail or drop out among those who did not do adequately well in the schools of the time. Standards were higher, yet a smaller percentage of the population had the opportunity to successfully complete a basic education. Early scientologists often were those who often encountered little difficulty reading DMSMH apart from the idiosyncrasies of the author. Those at the outset who had difficulties with the book would have had little motivation to pursue the subject further. Many later scientologists, especially those introduced to the subject through other means, encountered difficulties when first trying to read that book and others and thus required remediation in their basic skills.
Mark A. Baker