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Murphy , a specialist in juvenile delinquency , to head the organization and devise a self-policing "code of ethics and standards" for the industry. Fredric Wertham 's book Seduction of the Innocent had rallied opposition to this type of material in comics, arguing that it was harmful to the children who made up a large segment of the comic book audience. The Senate Subcommittee on Juvenile Delinquency hearings in April , which focused specifically on comic books, had many publishers concerned about government regulation, prompting them to form a self-regulatory body instead.

Before the CCA was adopted, some cities already had organized public burnings and bans on comic books. Depictions of "excessive violence" were forbidden, as were "lurid, unsavory, gruesome illustrations".

Vampires , werewolves , ghouls and zombies the staple monsters of the horror comics were banned outright; and, in addition, comics could not use the words horror or terror in their titles. The use of the word crime was subject to numerous restrictions.

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Where the previous code had condemned the publication of "sexy, wanton comics", the CCA was much more precise: depictions of "sex perversion", "sexual abnormalities", and "illicit sex relations" as well as seduction , rape , sadism, and masochism were specifically forbidden.

In words echoing the Hollywood Production Code , love stories were enjoined to emphasize the "sanctity of marriage" and those portraying scenes of passion were advised to avoid stimulating "lower and baser emotions".

In his introduction to Archie Americana Series Best of the Fifties, editor Victor Gorelick reminisced about the Code, writing, "My first assignment, as a new art assistant, was to remove cleavages and lift up low cut blouses on Katy Keene. When his pencilled stories came in, the characters were dressed on one page only. The inker, a woman by the name of Terry Szenics , would have to clothe them on the remaining pages.

In practice, the negative effect of not having CCA approval was lack of distribution by the comic book wholesalers, who, as one historian observed, "served as the enforcement arm of the Comics Code Authority by agreeing to handle only those comics with the seal. Mad itself survived only because Gaines had converted the publication to a magazine format, to which the Code did not apply. Wertham dismissed the Code as an inadequate half-measure.

If crime is depicted it shall be as a sordid and unpleasant activity. Policemen, judges, government officials, and respected institutions shall never be presented in such a way as to create disrespect for established authority. Criminals shall not be presented so as to be rendered glamorous or to occupy a position which creates a desire for emulation. In every instance good shall triumph over evil and the criminal punished for his misdeeds. Scenes of excessive violence shall be prohibited.

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Magazine comics[ edit ] Warren Publishing was able to publish horror stories through a loophole; the comics were printed in magazine format and were sold as a magazine, avoiding the Comics Code Authority. In practice, the negative effect of not having CCA approval was lack of distribution by the comic book wholesalers, who, as one historian observed, "served as the enforcement arm of the Comics Code Authority by agreeing to handle only those comics with the seal.