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21 January 2011 @ 06:29 pm
Blog: Death of the Comics Code  
I just read that Archie became the last publisher to drop the "Comics Code", presumably rendering it obsolete. The rise of the direct market and the disappearance of comics from mainstream outlets like newsstands and supermarkets pretty much made it irrellevant for the last two decades or so but it's good to see this last vestige of corporate cowardice combined with prudish oppression disappear.
The code was probably the single biggest factor responsible for the retarding the growth of the comics art form for at least two decades and its appearance pretty much conicides with comics beginning their commercial decline (though I have a feeling TV was probably a bigger factor, the same way TV lured away the audiences for radio, plays, movies, newspapers, etc). Hopefully, it will be regarded as a minor stumbling block on comics' maturation as an artform rather than the blight that crippled it in the cradle.


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Consistency is my hobgoblin: LOLCatrollick on January 21st, 2011 11:42 pm (UTC)
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James Lloydpuddingsock on January 22nd, 2011 10:14 am (UTC)
I didn't know this (in fact, I thought Bongo still catered to their whims). As someone who studied the filthy thing's inception thoroughly in my youth I would have been howling at the moon over glory of it's demise... about ten years ago. Now it almost seems trivial. At the end of the day,I really don't know what it meant for the history of the medium. I do wonder if it's just a convenient scapegoat for our own shortcomings; could creative freedom really saved an industry and artform that was birthed from such deep-rooted malignancy?

Still, your take on it is beautifully stated.
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