One year ago, I wrote an article for ComicVine on the Comics Code Authority and a bit of history about it. Pretty brief stuff. Check it out.
Although you may not notice it as much on comics today, except for maybe on kids books from DC, Bongo, and Archie, between the mid-50s and early 00s, almost every comic had a stamp on it, somewhere on the cover that read “Approved by the Comics Code Authority.” As a kid, in the wistful 80s, I never really understood what that meant. I always imagined a room full of old men reading comic books and after each one yelling “approved!” or “hogwash!” Sadly, as I got older and found out exactly who and why this was on each comic book, I realized I wasn’t too far off.
The Comics Code Authority (CCA) was a list of don’ts and more don’ts for content within comic books and was established in 1954 in order to try and clean up the supposed cesspool of immorality that was in each comic of that time. Led by Fredric Wertham, a psychiatrist and author of the book Seduction of the Innocent, the goal was to let morality shine through in comic books to create a moral and innocent youth….