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In 1954, the comic book industry was under a new threat: public mores.

There was ongoing public concern about what was deemed inappropriate material in many comic books. This included graphic depictions of violence and gore in crime and horror comics, as well as the sexual innuendo of good girl art. Dr. Fredric Wertham's book "Seduction of the Innocent" rallied opposition to this type of material in comics, arguing that it was harmful to the children. Senate subcommittee hearings led by Estes Kefauver had many publishers concerned about government regulation, prompting them to form a self-regulatory body instead: the Comics Code Authority (CCA).

Member publishers had to submit comic books to the CCA, which screened them for conformance to its Comics Code, and authorizes the use of their seal on the cover if the books comply. At the height of its influence, it was a de facto censor for the U.S. comic book industry.


The following creative talent are known to have been born in 1954:

The following creative talent passed away in the year 1954:


The following comic titles debuted with a 1954 cover date:

The following Comic titles were last published with a 1954 cover date:

The following One Shots were published with a 1954 cover date:


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