ikrase wrote:What does the comic code actually look like?
I have taken the liberty of sorting the original Comics Code
based on the memetic underpinnings of each ruling. Apart from the change of order and my addition of section headings, I have not changed anything. Here you go...
===============================================================================The World Should Be Fluffy
In every instance good shall triumph over evil and the criminal [shall be] punished for his [or her] misdeeds.
Scenes of excessive violence shall be prohibited. Scenes of brutal torture, excessive and unnecessary knife and gunplay, physical agony, gory and gruesome crime shall be eliminated.
All scenes of horror, excessive bloodshed, gory or gruesome crimes, depravity, lust, sadism, masochism shall not be permitted.
All lurid, unsavory, gruesome illustrations shall be eliminated.
Scenes dealing with, or instruments associated with walking dead, torture, vampires and vampirism, ghouls, cannibalism, and werewolfism are prohibited.
No comic magazine shall use the word Horror
in its title.
===============================================================================People Are Either Good Or Bad
Policemen, judges, government officials, and respected institutions shall never be presented in such a way as to create disrespect for established authority.
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, nor so as to injure the sensibilities of the reader.
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 imitate criminals.
If crime is depicted it shall be as a sordid and unpleasant activity.
Criminals shall not be presented so as to be rendered glamorous or to occupy a position which creates a desire for emulation.
===============================================================================Sex Is Bad
Profanity, obscenity, smut, vulgarity, or words or symbols which have acquired undesirable meanings are forbidden.
Nudity in any form is prohibited, as is indecent or undue exposure.
Suggestive and salacious illustration or suggestive posture is unacceptable.
Females shall be drawn realistically without exaggeration of any physical qualities.
Illicit sex relations are neither to be hinted at nor portrayed. Rape scenes as well as sexual abnormalities are unacceptable.
Seduction and rape shall never be shown or suggested.
Sex perversion or any inference to same is strictly forbidden.
Nudity with meretricious purpose and salacious postures shall not be permitted in the advertising of any product; clothed figures shall never be presented in such a way as to be offensive or contrary to good taste or morals.
From the foregoing you might conclude that the mindset of the 1950's was as grounded in reality as today's mindset vis-a-vis the war on drugs, or the war on terrorism, or the undeclared war on not-letting-rich-folks-buy-elections.
I hope the preceding helped you — unless you actually meant to ask about the Comics Sans
font. In that case I can't help you.