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20 January 2011 @ 07:57 pm
Is This the End of the Comics Code?  
DC Comics announced today it was abandoning the Comics Code, which makes it seem as if the organization that has cast a pall over the industry since 1954 is on its way out.

So it's the perfect time to dig into my vault and pull out a 1976 letter written by Gerry Conway (during his brief reign as Editor-in-Chief of Marvel Comics) to Len Darvin (then the head of the Comics Code Authority). Gerry was asking for a requested edit to The Inhumans to be reconsidered, and while the particulars aren't as controversial as the Blue Valentine brouhaha, it does make for an interesting peek behind the curtain at a custom that has long outlived its usefulness.

Archie and Bongo are apparently the last Comics Code holdouts.

With any luck, soon there'll be none.
Steve Green: Cinemastevegreen on January 21st, 2011 04:33 am (UTC)
The Blue Valentine link doesn't work, Scott. (It's a great movie, by the way: it's opened in the UK, uncut I believe, with a "15" certificate.)
scottedelman: BuhZurkscottedelman on January 21st, 2011 01:46 pm (UTC)
Sorry about that! The link is fixed now.
Steve Green: Cinemastevegreen on January 22nd, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
The MPAA is a farce. It routinely passes big-studio movies caked in blood and gore, then becomes incontinent the moment a breast pops into view. It's as ludicrous and as outdated as.. well, the CCA.