Table 1

Examples of Prohibitions in the Comics Code2

A1. 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.
A2. No comics shall explicitly present the unique details and methods of a crime.
A3. Policemen, judges, government officials, and respected institutions shall never be presented in such a way as to create disrespect for established authority.
A5. Criminals shall not be presented so as to be rendered glamorous or to occupy a position which creates the desire for emulation.
A7. Scenes of excessive violence shall be prohibited. Scenes of brutal torture, excessive and unnecessary knife and gun play, physical agony, gory and gruesome crime shall be eliminated.
B1. No comic magazine shall use the word horror or terror in its title.
B3. All lurid, unsavory, gruesome illustrations shall be eliminated.
B4. Inclusion of stories dealing with evil shall be used or shall be published only where the intent is to illustrate a moral issue and in no case shall evil be presented alluringly, nor so as to injure the sensibilities of the reader.
C. All elements or techniques not specifically mentioned herein, but which are contrary to the spirt and intent of the Code, and are considered violations of good taste or decency shall be prohibited.
Costume 3. All characters shall be depicted in dress reasonably acceptable to society.
Costume 4. Females shall be drawn realistically without exaggeration of any physical qualities. Marriage and sex 2. Illicit sex relations are neither to be hinted at nor portrayed. Violent love scenes as well as sexual abnormalities are unacceptable.