Boing Boing has a nice send summary of the last breath of the Comics Code, as Archie Comics, the last publisher to still use the seal, has announced that they are dropping it.  This of course follows DC Comics’ decision to do the same in favor of their own ratings system.  From BoingBoing:

57 years after the Comics Code Authority was created to certify that comics bearing its seal had been censored and did not contain anti-authoritarian, sexual or counterculture content, it has finally died. The CCA was formed in response to the moral panic brought on by the Seduction of the Innocents, a medical hoax perpetrated by American psychiatrist Fredric Wertham who testified that comics were a serious cause of juvenile delinquency. (Paradoxically, Wertham was also a pioneering civil rights campaigner — he apparently believed in freedom but just wasn’t interested in sharing).

As of February, no major comic will bear the CCA seal any longer — February being the month that Archie drops the iconic serif A. When Archie no longer cares about your certification of squeaky cleanness, you are truly dead.

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