godd@mn Riddler Creates a Stir



Batman #686 hit stores today, and instantly caused many retailers to raise the alarm over the use of language in the issue.  While we’ve all be treated to the goddamn Batman in All-Star Batman and Robin, the Frank Miller tale didn’t carry the Comic Code Authority stamp on the cover.  Batman #686 does.

The revision to the CCA in 1989 specifically states

The language in a comic book will be appropriate for a mass audience that includes children. Good grammar and spelling will be encouraged. Publishers will exercise good taste and a responsible attitude as to the use of language in their comics. Obscene and profane words, symbols, and gestures are prohibited.


I contacted DC for a statement on this, and received the following reply:

Hi Stephen,
We’re declining this request.

Well, I did give them a chance to respond…

This is not the first time DC has sent this kind of answer to one of  my requests for clarification.

Do kids still buy comics?  Have children been so desensitized to this kind of language that it would slip by unnoticed?  Does the code even matter any more?  Should it?  From the consumer perspective, this may not be a big deal (it certainly isn’t to me), but retailers could get into trouble should an angry parent or conservative group raise a ruckus over a comic that has been approved for all ages.