Comic Book Urban Legends Revealed #39!

COMIC URBAN LEGEND: The Comics Code Authority once banned not the content of a comic, but the art style of the artist.


Like many of his peers, in the 1980s, artist Kevin O'Neill tried to make his way in the higher-paying world of American comic books, where his fellow countryman, Alan Moore, was making a nice go of it.

O'Neill's first work appeared in 1986's Tales of the Green Lantern Corps Annual #2, in a tale written by Moore.

However, the issue was not without its problems.

Says O'Neill (in a SubMedia interview with Tom Coates in July 1999),

"I was working on an Alan Moore story," he says, suddenly serious. "The CCA objected - not to the actual story but to the style that it was drawn in. I had aliens being crucified and stuff like that. My editor asked if we could run it with a code sticker if we toned down the crucifixion. They said there was NOTHING they could do to the artwork that would help. I loved that! I loved the idea that these old grannies were sitting in an office in New York poring over every comic page. It was 1950s.

Eventually, DC decided that, as it was an Annual, to just print the issue without Comic Code approval.

Please note that, since then, O'Neill has never even attempted to draw a Code-approved comic.

Makes sense, eh?

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