Standards of the Comics Code Authority Code
For Editorial Matter
1) Crimes shall never be presented in such a way as to create
sympathy for the criminal, to promote distrust of the forces
of law and justice, or to inspire others with a desire to
2) No comics shall explicitly present the unique details
and methods of a crime.
3) Policemen, judges, government officials, and respected
institutions shall never be presented in such a way as to
create disrespect for established authority.
4) If crime is depicted it shall be as a sordid and unpleasant
5) Criminals shall not be presented so as to be rendered
glamorous or to occupy a position which creates the desire
6) In every instance good shall triumph over evil and the
criminal punished for his misdeeds.
7) Scenes of excessive violence shall be prohibited. Scenes
of brutal torture, excessive and unnecessary knife and gun
play, physical agony, gory and gruesome crime shall be eliminated.
8) No unique or unusual methods of concealing weapons shall
9) Instances of law enforcement officers dying as a result
of a criminal's activities should be discouraged.
10) The crime of kidnapping shall never be portrayed in any
detail, nor shall any profit accrue to the abductor or kidnapper.
The criminal or the kidnapper must be punished in every case.
11) The letters of the word "crime" on a comics magazine
shall never be appreciably greater than the other words contained
in the title. The word "crime" shall never appear alone on
12) Restraint in the use of the word "crime" in titles or
subtitles shall be exercised.
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