This might just be the end of an era, folks — DC Comics has announced that it will no longer be carrying the Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval, in favor of a new in-house rating system for their books.
The new ratings, according to co-publishers Jim Lee and Dan DiDio, are as follows:
E – EVERYONE
Appropriate for readers of all ages. May contain cartoon violence and/or some comic mischief.
T – TEEN
Appropriate for readers age 12 and older. May contain mild violence, language and/or suggestive themes.
T+ – TEEN PLUS
Appropriate for readers age 16 and older. May contain moderate violence, mild profanity, graphic imagery and/or suggestive themes.
M – MATURE
Appropriate for readers age 18 and older. May contain intense violence, extensive profanity, nudity, sexual themes and other content suitable only for older readers.
Vertigo, according to the publisher, will not have these rankings, simply having a “For Mature Readers” note on their catalog.
With the new ratings system beginning in April, this will mark the first time that both Big Two publishers have been without the Comics Code Authority since the 1950s. Marvel dropped the CCA in 2001, to institute their own in-house ratings system. What do you think about this, Rama readers? Is the era of the CCA officially over? Sound off!