DC Drops the Comics Code and the Ball

So DC Comics are no longer using the Comics Code and are using their own in-house system. Here’s what their blog The Source has to say about it:

As of January 2011, DC Comics titles will no longer carry the Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval. In 2011, DC Comics will employ a rating system consistent with that of the rest of the industry, as well as with our digital releases, which already utilize a rating system. As for our Vertigo comic books, they will not utilize the rating system, because they will continue to be labeled as “For Mature Readers”.

Beginning with our April 2011 titles, all DC comic book covers will utilize the following rating system:


Appropriate for readers of all ages. May contain cartoon violence and/or some comic mischief.


Appropriate for readers age 12 and older. May contain mild violence, language and/or suggestive themes.


Appropriate for readers age 16 and older. May contain moderate violence, mild profanity, graphic imagery and/or suggestive themes.


Appropriate for readers age 18 and older. May contain intense violence, extensive profanity, nudity, sexual themes and other content suitable only for older readers.

It’s not a big deal really, as the Comics Code introduced in 1954 has been redundant for decades, and now it’s officially dead, (even Wiki says so) with The Simpsons comics publishers Bongo doing away with it last year and Archie to be the final user of the Code until they dismiss it next month. Farewell Code. You will be missed. (Not really). As a final farewell here’s a funny look at it.

On  a related note, this week’s Young Justice #0 from DC seems to be a potential indicator of Code-free comics for the kids. Based on the upcoming cartoon of the same name it assumes that everyone has seen the pilot, which I’m guessing only Americans have. However it’s a fun enough read, centred on The Flash and Superboy and a trip to a shopping mall, and this following exchange when they run into The Terror Twins.

I hope their in-house system picks up these kinds of errors. Did they really think this was OK in a cartoon tie-in comic, full of Archie and Scooby Doo ads?

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