EC Comics came under criticism for the graphic violence and gore seen in its crime and horror books.
EC publisher William Gaines was called before a Senate committee to testify, but he remained defensive saying that he was already censoring the more extreme things from his books.
It is believed that EC had one of the best-selling lines at the time.
Harvey Kurtzman was one of the key writers for EC, and artists such as Wally Wood or Al Williamson began to do research for each new story far beyond what had been seen in titles published up to that time.
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They are sometimes restricted to purchase by legal adults, especially erotic comics which include sexually explicit material.
Winston Churchill said that Jane was Britain's "secret weapon".
Years later when Marvel introduced zombies into their books, they had to call them 'zuvembies' in order to pass the Code.In 1930's, there were clandestinely produced tijuana bibles – rectangular, eight page pamphlets with black printing on cheap white paper.The artwork ranged from excellent to utterly crude and was sometimes also racist (Blacks were caricatured with huge lips and extruding eyes).Partly in order to avoid the government imposing a solution, the other major publishers banded together to form the Comics Code Authority which would screen comics before they went to press, and only allow the Code mark to appear if the comic passed their standards. It barred publishers from using the words 'crime,' 'horror' or 'terror' in their titles, thus forcing EC to abandon some of their most popular titles.Police officers could not be portrayed in a negative light, and if a villain committed murder, he would have to be caught and punished by the end of the story.
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