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What IS The Comics Code Authority?


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NOTE: The Captioned Life Show is a member of the Comic Watch family.

Cultural historian and professor David Hajdu joins Sean in discussing the history of the Comics Code Authority. They discuss how the organization was formed, what were some of the first rules for comics from the Comics Code Authority, why it was decided to self-regulate rather than an outside body, and what lasting effects the formation of the Comics Code Authority has today. 

They also talk about the upcoming film in development that’s based on David’s book The Ten-Cent Plague, David’s own comic book origin story, and what comics Sean and the listeners are reading. 


David Hajdu is an award-winning cultural historian, critic, and novelist. His books include The Ten-Cent Plague: The Great Comic-Book Scare and How It Changed America and A Revolution in Three Acts, a work of graphic nonfiction with art by John Carey. He is a professor at Columbia University and a member of the National Council on the Humanities. His first published work was an original comic strip, The Endless Odyssey of Skip Toomaloo, published in his high-school newspaper.

The Captioned Life Show is a member of the Comic Watch Family. New episodes are released every Tuesday – find out where you can watch and listen.

Sean Winningham
Sean Winninghamhttps://www.thecaptionedlife.com
Better known as “The Captioned Life” on social media, Sean has been in love with comics, the superhero genre, and all types of fandoms since he was a kid. Sean is the host and producer of The Captioned Life Show, a show for the most casual and dedicated fans of comics and pop culture. He is also the Social Media Engagement Manager and Contributor for Comic Watch. As Senior Multimedia Producer at Nerd Initiative, Sean is instrumental in helping creators to share and discuss their love of superheroes in a toxic-free environment.

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