Ding Dong The Wizards Dead! And Your Little Comic Code too!
Submitted by Xaviar Xerexes on January 24, 2011 - 15:40
Forgive my shoehorning two stories into Oz land:
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.
I never bought or read a print anything from Wizard so I won't miss anything. But this is the same company that started a pretty good website earlier this decade -- which featured a pretty great group of young writers -- and for whatever reason basically erased it after a too brief period of time.