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The Supervillain Reader$
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Robert Moses Peaslee and Robert G. Weiner

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9781496826466

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2020

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496826466.001.0001

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Excerpt from “The Sun God and the Dark Knight”1

Excerpt from “The Sun God and the Dark Knight”1

(p.249) Chapter 24 Excerpt from “The Sun God and the Dark Knight”1
The Supervillain Reader

Grant Morrison

University Press of Mississippi

This essay reprints the Code of the Comics Magazine Association of America (1954), otherwise known as the “Comics Code,” because it directly impacts the characterization of villains in comics for generations. Fredric Wertham and his 1954 book Seduction of the Innocentvilified comics as being the cause of juvenile delinquency. As a result of outcry from parents and other civic groups, congressional hearings were held to talk about the content in horror and crime comics. Rather than wait for government intervention, the comics’ industry created the Comics Code to make sure that comics were published with non-offensive content.

Keywords:   Code of the Comics Magazine Association of America, Fredric Wertham, Seduction of the Innocent, Congressional Hearings, Spider-Man

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