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  Comics Code Authority - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Where the previous code had condemned the publication of "sexy, wanton comics," the CCA was much more precise: Depictions of "sex perversion," "sexual abnormalities," and "illicit sex relations" as well as seduction, rape, sadism, and masochism were specifically forbidden.
Wertham dismissed the Code as an inadequate half-measure.
Despite periodic revisions to the Code to reflect changing attitudes about appropriate subject matter (e.g., the ban on referring to homosexuality was revised in 1989 to allow nonstereotypical depictions of gays), its influence on the medium continued to wane, and publishers gradually reduced the prominence of the seal on their covers.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Comics_Code   (1784 words)

 Comics Guaranty, LLC - Glossary   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
A marking usually on the cover of a comic book, placed there by the distributor or the newsstand dealer to note when the book was placed on the newsstand.
Comic books that were published before the Comics Code Authority came into effect.
A comic book that has a different cover price than others of the same comic book and that was intended for distribution in the same country.
www.cgccomics.com /glossary.htm   (1802 words)

 Comics Codes: Earning the Seal of Approval   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The comics magazine, or as it is more popularly known, the comic book medium, having come of age on the American cultural scene, must measure up to its responsibilities.
Comic books have also made their contribution in the field of social commentary and criticism of contemporary life.
No comics shall explicitly present the unique details and methods of a crime, with the exception of those crimes that are so far-fetched or pseudo-scientific that no would-be lawbreaker could reasonably duplicate.
www-unix.oit.umass.edu /~bweber/courses/comicscodes.htm   (3296 words)

 Culture Shock: Flashpoints: Visual Arts: The Comic Book Code
Comic books are successful almost from their inception in the early 1930s, but also subject to attack by critics for the low quality of the art and writing, and for the emphasis on violent stories and images.
E.C. Comics publisher William Gaines speaks in the comics defense, emphasizing his stories' endings, in which the criminals always pay for their crimes.
The imposition of the Comic Book Code bankrupts many of the horror and crime publishers, and many of the artists and writers leave the business for good.
www.pbs.org /wgbh/cultureshock/flashpoints/visualarts/comiccode.html   (544 words)

 1954 Comics Code Authority
Adopted on October 26, 1954, the enforcement of this Code is the basis for the comic magazine industry's program of self-regulation.
Comic books have also made their contributiuon in the field of letters and criticism of contemporary life.
Respect for parents, the moral code, and for honorable behavior shall be fostered.
www.comicartville.com /comicscode.htm   (1179 words)

 lurid comic books of the fifties
All of the major comic book publishers (except E.C. Comics) got together and formed the Comics Code Authority to specifically regulate what can and can't appear in their comic books, and this action took some of the heat off of the industry.
The longest passage in the comic's code governs the depiction of drug use, since comic books were presented to the Senate committee that contained scenes of people shooting up drugs and hypodermic needles going into people's eyes, stuff like that.
Comics that passed the code carried a stamp of approval printed in the upper right hand corner, a symbol that you still see on comic books today.
www.tvparty.com /comics/comic50s.html   (604 words)

 'Nuff Said! the sound of comics on WBAI-FM: All Kindsa Comics
Mainstream comics are usually considered to be the larger, long-established companies such as DC, Marvel, Archie, Harvey, etc. Some of the large Independent companies are so similar in content, style and sales that some people consider them to be Mainstream, but in most parts of the country, they're still considered Independents.
You'll find comics where the authors do as much research for their stories as any novelist or screen-writer and you'll find comics published by a couple of kids whose parents just gave 'em a few thousand dollars to print their own comics.
Asian comics are similar in their variety, but there are a lot more comics published.
www.comicbookradioshow.com /allkindsacomics.html   (856 words)

 Origin Of The Comics Code Authority
Wertham was convinced that comic books were evil, that they contributed to the delinquency of minors, and also to their sexual perversion.
As a symbol of this self- imposed regulation, the small logo 'Comics Code Authority' was affixed to the cover of all comic books which met the standards of publication set; it was a guarantee to parents, educators, and the government that these comic books were now safe for young readers.
Comic books were forced to adhere to a code which simplified and neutered the westerns, crime and romance genres.
www.sideroad.com /comics/column12.html   (566 words)

 The Comics Code
A lot of people talk about the Comics Code Authority and the effect it had on the industry.
Other restrictions may seem laughable to our modern tastes but we have to bear in mind it was a more innocent age and critics of the comics industry were scared the four color arts were all too speedily ending the innocence of America's youth.
The Code was established in 1954 as the industry's self policing response to criticisms led by psychiatrist Fredric Wertham.
www.onceuponadime.com /hist/comicscode.htm   (1207 words)

 Marvel Comics' Break with the Comics Code Authority - PopMatters Comic Book Feature
The stated aim of the Code was to keep our nation's young people from degenerating into skateboard-riding sex fiends, and one has only to visit a shopping mall today to offer a prayer of thanks for their heroic vigilance.
The Code is an iron fist in a sandpaper glove.
Ironically, all these comics were submitted for a cavity check from the CCA, and the regulators didn't even lift an eye from their girlie magazines -- which just goes to show that the CCA was hardly the cosmic evil that Marvel depicted.
www.popmatters.com /comics/010830-marvel.shtml   (1378 words)

 Comics Continuum
CrossGen Comics has launched two entities which will make it easier for creators to see their work published, licensed properties to make the transition into comic book form, and help resurrect other comics which have languished without the support of a publishing house.
Code 6 Comics, CrossGen's independent comics imprint, is named for the Florida police signal code for "escaped prisoner." This is a hint at the imprint's primary purpose, which is to provide a friendly home for creator-developed projects which lack the funding for traditional self-publishing.
CGE and Code 6 were built to take advantage of those relationships and provide that behind-the-scenes infrastructure that the fans never see, but the creators need in order to help make it financially rewarding to create good comics."
www.comicscontinuum.com /stories/0206/28/cgindex.htm   (852 words)

 Comics Continuum
But if a publisher submits a book to the Code, and if the Code administrations rule that the book meets the Code's rules, the publisher puts a bug, a little quarter inch by three quarter inch stamp on the book, that says this book is approved by the Comic Code Authority.
One of the people involved in the Code said that the worst thing that you can do is sell a non-kids appropriate material to children, with the implication being that, if it's a comic, it's de facto for kids, and you have to prove otherwise.
Even if the Code were to make adjustments, the basic premise of the Code is that if it's comic book trim, it's for kids, and for me that's utter nonsense, and has nothing to do with the way the business has worked for the past 20 years.
www.comicscontinuum.com /stories/0105/17/marvelindex.htm   (3883 words)

 Overview Of The Comics Code Authority
As stated last column, the Comics Code Authority of 1954 was created to halt the perceived 'seduction of the innocent'.
One last Code dictum has plagued the medium for decades: "In every instance good shall triumph over evil and the criminal punished for his misdeeds." This moral dictum has had large literary implications; it made comic book stories not much more than simple morality tales.
Created in 1954, the Comics Code Authority is a document which had comic book publishers trying to appease a white middle class America, which was desperately trying to maintain its values and morals.
www.sideroad.com /comics/column13.html   (542 words)

 COMICS CODE 1989   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The Comics Magazine Association of America was formed in 1954 by a group of publishers committed to the principle that the public deserved decent and wholesome comic books as entertainment for children.
The language in a comic book will be apprropiate for a mass audience that includes children.
The responsible editor from the publisher will either revise the comic in accordance with those comments, or discuss with the administrator the concerns raised with him and reach agreement on how the comic can properly bear the Code Seal either without being revised or within a mutually-agreeable set of alternative revisions.
www.geocities.com /Athens/8580/cca3.html   (1209 words)

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Status: RO CODE OF THE COMIC MAGAZINE ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA, INC. This seal of approval appears only on comics magazines which have been carefully reviewed, prior to publication, by the Comics Code Authority, and found to have met the high standards of morality and decency required by the code.
[symbol] _Preamble_ The comics magazine, or as it is more popularly known, the comic book medium, having come of age on the American culture scene, must measure up to its responsibilities.
No comics shall explicitly present the unique details and methods of a crime, with the exception of those crimes that are so farfetched or pseudo-scientific that no would-be lawbreaker could reasonably duplicate.
www.mit.edu /activities/safe/labeling/comics-code-1971   (1308 words)

 "Good Shall Triumph over Evil": The Comic Book Code of 1954
In 1948, psychologist Fredric Wertham advocated the prohibition of comic books to children under the age of 16, claiming that all of the delinquent children he studied had read them.
The Code, refined in 1971 and 1989, remains a regulatory instrument for association members.
Comic books have also made their contribution in the field of letters and criticism of contemporary life.
historymatters.gmu.edu /d/6543   (1501 words)

 Comic Art & Graffix Gallery - History of Comic Art
By the end of 1955, the comics industry as a whole was in a downward spiral that seemed as if it had just about finished the comics for good.
For years Dell would be the only company to not carry the code seal on the covers of their comics.
Showcase Comics had premiered in January 1956 (cover date for #1 is 3-4/56) and was similar to DC's "Brave and the Bold" in introducing new stuff to the DC universe.
www.comic-art.com /history/history7.htm   (774 words)

 ComicBookWebsites.com - Comic Book History - Wahoo! - The Comic Book Website Directory
For years he had believed comics to be a major cause for the delinquency of the nation's youth and a vocal critic.
He claims that the difference between comics and pornography for adults was that one was meant to attract perverts, the other, comics, was meant create them.
They developed a code that members would adhere to and a print a logo on the cover assuring the public that the book in question met with the Comic's approval.
www.dereksantos.com /comicpage/presilver.html   (1577 words)

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After seeing a request for this and this being linked to the new controversy over video game codes, I decided that it was necessary to post this.
STANDARDS OF THE COMICS CODE AUTHORITY FOR EDITORIAL MATTER AS ORIGINALLY ADOPTED Source: Comix, a History of Comic Books in America, by Les Daniels, copyright 1971 by Outerbridge and Deinstfrey, New York.
Code For Advertising Matter: 1) Liquor and tobacco advertizing is not acceptable.
www.mit.edu /activities/safe/labeling/comics-code-1954   (968 words)

 The Comics Journal: Newswatch
Marvel's decision to drop the Comics Code's Seal of Approval and withdraw from the Comic Magazine Association of America, which funds the Code Authority, is a historic one and could spell the end of the 50-year-old trade association and Comics Code.
The Code is inappropriate for readers, consumers and retailers in the 21st century.
Though the Code was once a powerful tool of censorship, the public's awareness of the seal has largely faded away.
www.tcj.com /234/n_marvel.html   (817 words)

 Comics Are Good For You!   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
The comics code was essentially a warning to parents who might pick up a comic off of the news stands or magazine racks and want to know that it was a wholesome book, and okay to pass on to their children.
A comic book could not be distributed to magazine vendors or news sellers unless it had the Comics Code stamp of approval on the cover.
Also of note is the Archie Comic “Sabrina: The Teenage Witch” who started as a back-up character in various Archie books, and has now graduated to not only her own comic book but a Friday night live-action TV Series as well as a Saturday Morning Cartoon Series coming in the fall of 1999.
comics.212.net /comic0199.htm   (4168 words)

 [No title]   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Of these, only Harry's legendary drug problem caused a violation of the code, and the issues of Amazing Spider-Man that contained that saga were, astonishingly, published without the sanctioning of the Code.
It was the first time that any major company published without the code logo since its inception, and it would take several years before anyone was willing to try it again.
The rationale behind Vertigo separating from DC (and likewise MAX from Marvel) is that the Comics Code fined member companies for publishing books without their sanction, a stricture which a separate imprint made for a huge loophole in.
www.x-worldcomics.com /x/column/etcetera101402.htm   (1845 words)

 Comic Book Legal Defense Fund
The Comics Code Authority is formed prohibiting any controversial comics.
In 1971, the Comics Code is revamped a bit to allow the resurgence of horror comics.
The Comic Book Legal Defense Fund was founded in 1986 as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation of First Amendment rights for members of the comics community.
www.cbldf.org /history.shtml   (509 words)

 Amazon.com: Seal of Approval: The History of the Comics Code (Studies in Popular Culture): Books: Amy Kiste Nyberg   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-14)
Much of the basic story will be familiar from other histories of comic books but this author provides new insights into the foundation for the movement to censor comic books as well as providing a run down of the evolution of the comics code after the mid-fifites Senate hearings, an evolution very rarely discussed.
Much like other hearings were done at the time, they ruined comics creators and artists out of jobs, and the remaining companies had to go by the Comics Code seal to get their stories done.
The Comics Code seal today looks like a death grip on the various companies that are still in business, some have tried with a measure of success to do their stories there way.
www.amazon.com /Seal-Approval-History-Studies-Culture/dp/087805975X   (1499 words)

 The Other Guys: Pre-Code Horror Comics
Comic books were clearly taking a great deal of their inspiration from the pulp magazines; generally, if something sold well in the pulps, it would turn up in comics not long after.
Their longest-running title was Jumbo Comics, which had long since ceased to be any larger than any other comic book by the time of the horror fad; for its final seven issues, numbered #161 through 167, the cover and lead feature were horror, though the rest of the book remained a mix.
The comics market was declining at the time anyway, and at very nearly the same time that the Code came in there was a major shake-up in the magazine distribution system--the American News Company, by far the largest distributor in North America, was liquidated by its stockholders.
www.watt-evans.com /theotherguys.html   (9713 words)

 Marvel Zombies #1 - PopMatters Comic Book Review
In the 1950s, when superhero comics were in decline, horror comics ruled the racks.
The result of these hearings was the creation of the Comics Code Authority, a committee created by and made up of comic publishers, who instilled a Comic Code that everything that they published must follow.
Part of the Code listed that "Scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with walking dead, torture vampires and vampirism, ghouls, cannibalism, and werewolfism are prohibited." This article of the Code put horror comics in general and zombies specifically, out of business for almost 20 years.
www.popmatters.com /comics/marvel-zombies-1.shtml   (1008 words)

 Cracking the Code
So, you might think I would have been pleased to read that Marvel comics (recently referred to by Warren Ellis as the best looking commercial comics line out there) are abandoning the Comics Code altogether in favour of their own “parental advisory” system.
The code gave the medium a measure of protection against even more draconian ideas, which were seriously being considered at the time.
The Code Authority states that it is confident that support form DC and Archie comics will keep it in work for the foreseeable future, and I find myself (to my utter astonishment) accepting that if the CCA didn’t exist then we would have to invent it.
www.silverbulletcomicbooks.com /fool/99059400044283.htm   (1238 words)

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