1954 | Washington, DC


Establishing a comic book code.

1. Crimes shall never be presented in such a way as to create sympathy for the criminal, to promote distrust of the forces of law and justice, or to inspire others with a desire to imitate criminals.

2. In every instance good shall triumph over evil, and the criminal shall be punished for his misdeeds.

3. The letters of the word “crime” on a comics magazine cover shall never be appreciably greater in dimension than the other words contained in the title. The word “crime” shall never appear alone on a cover.

4. No comics magazine shall use the word “horror” or “terror” in its title.

5. Scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with, walking dead, torture, vampires and vampirism, ghouls, cannibalism, and werewolfism are prohibited.

6. Although slang and colloquialisms are acceptable, excessive use should be discouraged, and wherever possible good grammar shall be employed.

7. Females shall be drawn realistically without exaggeration of any physical qualities.

About This Text

From the Code of the Comics Magazine Association of America, Inc. The Comics Code Authority was created in part from the public concern generated by the Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency hearings that focused on the industry.