Comic book rules from 1954
The comic book industry agreed on a set of rules to follow for their content in 1954. Some representative rules:
- If crime is depicted it shall be as a sordid and unpleasant activity.
- Policemen, judges, government officials, and respected institutions shall never be presented in such a way as to create disrespect for established authority.
- Nudity in any form is prohibited, as is indecent or undue exposure.
- Females shall be drawn realistically without exaggeration of any physical qualities.
- Inclusion of stories dealing with evil shall be used or shall be published only where the intent is to illustrate a moral issue and in no case shall evil be presented alluringly
- Scenes of excessive violence shall be prohibited. Scenes of brutal torture, excessive and unnecessary knife and gunplay, physical agony, the gory and gruesome crime shall be eliminated.
The rules were loosened in 1970's, and abandoned entirely by the end of the 90's/early 2000's.