The Comics Code

Authored by: Amy Kiste Nyberg

The Routledge Companion to Comics

Print publication date:  July  2016
Online publication date:  August  2016

Print ISBN: 9780415729000
eBook ISBN: 9781315851334
Adobe ISBN: 9781317915386

10.4324/9781315851334.ch3

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Abstract

The Comics Code died a slow death. Born in 1954 as a response to the federal government’s investigation into comic books, the industry’s regulatory code governing content expired in 2011 with little fanfare. No one mourned its passing. This essay explores the impetus for the Code, details the implementation and enforcement of the Code, and provides an explanation for its demise after nearly 60 years.

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