Comics Code Authority
Standards of the Comics Code Authority for editorial matter as originally adopted
shall never be presented in such a way
as to create sympathy
for the criminal
, to promote distrust
of the forces of law
, or to inspire
others with a desire
2. No comics shall explicitly
present the unique
details and methods
of a crime
, government officials
, and respected institution
s shall never be presented in such a way as to create disrespect
for established authority
4. If crime is depicted
it shall be as a sordid
and unpleasant activity
5. Criminals shall not be presented so as to be rendered glamorous
or to occupy
which creates the desire
6. In every instance good shall triumph over evil
and the criminal punished
for his misdeed
7. Scenes of excessive violence
shall be prohibited
. Scenes of brutal torture
, excessive and unnecessary knife and gun play
, physical agony
and gruesome crime
shall be eliminated
8. No unique
methods of concealing weapons
shall be shown.
9. Instances of law enforcement officers dying
as a result of a criminal's activities should be discouraged
10. The crime of kidnapping
shall never be portrayed in any detail
, nor shall
any profit accrue
to the abductor
. The criminal or the kidnapper must be punished
in every case.
11. The letter of the word "crime
" on a comics magazine
shall never be appreciably
greater than the other words contained in the title
. The word "crime
" shall never appear
alone on a cover.
in the use of the word "crime
" in titles or subtitles shall be exercised.
General Standards Part B:
1. No comic magazine
shall use the word "horror
" or "terror
" in its title.
2. All scenes of horror, excessive bloodshed
shall not be permitted.
3. All lurid
illustrations shall be eliminated.
4. Inclusion of stories dealing with evil
shall be used or or shall be published only where the intent is to illustrate
issue and in no case shall evil be presented alluringly
nor so as to injure the sensibilities of the reader.
5. Scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with walking dead
, torture vampires
, and werewolfism
General Standards Part C:
All elements or techniques not specifically mentioned herein, but which are contrary to the spirit and intent of the Code
, and are considered violations of good taste
, shall be prohibited.
1. Profanity, obscenity, smut, vulgarity, or words or symbols which have acquired undesirable meanings are forbidden.
2. Special precautions to avoid references to physical afflictions or deformities shall be taken.
3. Although slang and colloquialisms are acceptable, excessive use should be discouraged and wherever possible good grammar shall be employed.
Ridicule or attack on any religious or racial group is never permissible.
1. Nudity in any form is prohibited, as is indecent or undue exposure.
2. Suggestive and salacious illustration or suggestive posture is unacceptable.
3. All characters shall be depicted in dress reasonably acceptable to society.
4. Females shall be drawn realistically without exaggeration of any physical qualities.
NOTE: It should be recognized that all prohibitions dealing with costume, dialogue, or artwork applies as specifically to the cover of a comic magazine as they do to the contents.
Marriage and Sex:
1. Divorce shall not be treated humorously nor shall be represented as desirable.
2. Illicit sex relations are neither to be hinted at or portrayed. Violent love scenes as well as sexual abnormalities are unacceptable.
3. Respect for parents, the moral code, and for honorable behavior shall be fostered. A sympathetic understanding of the problems of love is not a license for moral distortion.
4. The treatment of love-romance stories shall emphasize the value of the home and the sanctity of marriage.
5. Passion or romantic interest shall never be treated in such a way as to stimulate the lower and baser emotions.
6. Seduction and rape shall never be shown or suggested.
7. Sex perversion or any inference to same is strictly forbidden.
Code For Advertising Matter:
1. Liquor and tobacco advertizing is not acceptable.
2. Advertisement of sex or sex instructions books are unacceptable.
3. The sale of picture postcards, "pin-ups", "art studies", or any other reproduction of nude or semi-nude figures is prohibited.
4. Advertising for the sale of knives, concealable weapons, or realistic gun facsimiles is prohibited.
5. Advertising for the sale of fireworks is prohibited.
6. Advertising dealing with the sale of gambling equipment or printed matter dealing with gambling shall not be accepted.
7. Nudity with meretricious purpose and salacious postures shall not be permitted in the advertising of any product; clothed figures shall never be presented in such a way as to be offensive or contrary to good taste or morals.
8. To the best of his ability, each publisher shall ascertain that all statements made in advertisements conform to the fact and avoid misinterpretation.
9. Advertisement of medical, health, or toiletry products of questionable nature are to be rejected. Advertisements for medical, health or toiletry products endorsed by the American Medical Association, or the American Dental Association, shall be deemed acceptable if they conform with all other conditions of the advertising code.