The Code of Dishonor
The Kefauver Committee caused the industry to hire a Judge Murphy. I've written a lot about censorship as a consequence of this. That hurt the quality of stories that we were writing, even the good things.
Well, of course, no one welcomes competition. But [William] Gaines's success, I believe, was due in part to the gore and the sex that he injected into it. We said we would never do that.
There have been other incidents of censorship in America's history, but few have surpassed the wave of near hysteria expressed by many hundreds of thousands of people during the late 1940s and early 1950s. No art form was sheltered from it, and novels, plays, motion pictures, music, comic strips, and comic books were damaged in many ways during these superficially happy days. A number of companies, careers, and human lives were ruined or changed forever by good intentions.
Almost from the beginning of the industry, several early comic book publishers had established their own internal sets of standards governing the type of material they would or would not