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The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code, Revisited

So we’re running a little short on time this week. I just haven’t been able to sit down and write, and I didn’t feel like doing a gallery post, either. So I thought that, since we’ve gotten a fair number of new Nerd Wranglers around here lately, I’d take an easy out an revisit some past glories. Specifically, a (never-completed) series of articles I did at the original version of the blog on the history of the Comics Code Authority.

I started those columns on the occasion of the Code’s final death, when DC and Archie finally stopped funding them (Marvel having abandoned them a few years before). I was shocked, upon revisiting those columns tonight, to discover that this happened just slightly less than ten years ago. Seems like a lot longer.

Anyway… I got seven parts deep into Code history back then, getting as far as the publication of the Spider-Man drug story in 1970, then just… burned out on the subject. I haven’t re-read these in depth recently, so I apologize for any holes or inaccuracies in my research from back in the day. The little bit I have read, though, makes me think that I really should go back and finish that series up. There’s not a lot more to tell, after all: the early 70s defanging of the Code, its long slow decline into the 21st Century, and the decisions that lead to its final demise.

Hmm. Might be time to polish these up and do a little more research for the tenth anniversary…

In the meantime, though, you can click the links below to read the columns I did get done:

The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code, Part One: Seduction of the Innocent
The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code, Part Two: Funnybooks On Trial
The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code, Part Three: “This is Not What I Had In Mind”
The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code, Part Four: “You Can’t Have a Negro”
The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code, Part Five: The Bat-Closet and Other Stories
The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code, Part Six: Sometimes, a Gun is Just a Gun
The Rise and Fall of the Comics Code, Part Seven: The Man vs The Code

And that’s all we’ve got time for. So depending on how you look at it, I either gave you NO new column this week, or I gave you seven all at once!

Yeah, okay. I’m lame…

 

About Mark Brett (570 Articles)
Shaved Yeti. Alien. Writer of stuff. Read my fiction at http://reportsfromthefieldblog.wordpress.com/. Read my thoughts on comic books and other dork culture ephemera at https://dorkforty.wordpress.com/.

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