Sunday, September 26, 2010

Note to writers and artists

I don't know the provenance but this memo was supposedly sent out to the creative staff of the nascent DC Comics by editor Sheldon Mayer as a list of what is and is not permitted concerning content in comic books. It is undated but would have been issued sometime from the late 1930s to late 1940s.

3 comments:

  1. Oh, how far have comics come. Whether it's in the positive or negative, I can't really say. Thanks for posting this interesting piece of history!

    Though I wonder what's so nerve-wracking about characters saying 'what the--"...

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  2. "What the--" may have been thought of as a given to ending it with a curse. Anyone reading ti would know how the statement ended. Kind of like you don't text OMFG or WTF to a kid nowadays.

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  3. "We must not roast anyone alive." A funny injunction until you remember that there are plenty of industries that don't actually live up to that pledge.

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