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.
Back in September of 2010, I wrote a piece at ComicVine about my love of X-Men Arcade. This was before is was released onto home consoles. Enjoy!
Most of us play video games. All of us read comics. When these two elements combine (I am Captain Planet?), we get either a euphoric feeling that makes us giggle in excitement… However, sometimes, we get something deeper and darker than the Mariana Trench. I sat down and thought about all these video games I played as a kid, and ones based on comic book series kept popping up. Eventually, I’ll hit all the big ones, many times lumping a few together because they can’t stand on their own.