Deadpool went against most of what the Comics Code of 1954 stood for. Wade Wilson wouldn’t be a mercenary (Miller, 2016), instead of in an alternate reality, he would be a charitable man who makes money by helping others. The sex scene (Miller, 2016) would break 2-7 of the marriage and sex code (Magazine Association of America, Inc., 1954). Instead of separating from Vanessa, after the cancer diagnosis (Miller, 2016), he would stick by the first code in the marriage and sex and stay with his wife. The criminals that cured Wade’s cancer and left him disfigured (Miller, 2016) would not be allowed, instead of in the alternative reality, we would see Wade go through chemotherapy, only to gain regenerative superpowers through an experimental cancer treatment approved by the government bureaucrats. The obvious usage of tobacco, drugs, and alcohol in the Deadpool movie (Miller, 2016) would be replaced with acceptable advertisements as it states in the Code for Advertising matter, liquor and tobacco advertisement is unacceptable (Magazine Association of America, 1954).
The alternative reality Deadpool would target families and children to respect the authority of police and governmental officials. The what-if scenario would stifle most of the creative abilities of the Deadpool creators, gone would be most of the humor. Instead of being able to poke fun at some of life’s biggest struggles, we would be looking to eliminate all imperfections in how Deadpool came out of the scene where he is burned alive (Miller, 2016), as it goes against the code of having physical afflictions or deformities. Deadpool and similar stories within the X-men universe would be impossible due to the mutants having physical afflictions and my honest opinion was written in counter to the Code of Conduct. In conclusion, the code of conduct was used to only scare the American people into believing that kids would be capable of committing crimes against humanity. Not only have we thrown away the “Code”, we are now seeing more graphic novels in libraries and allowing kids to have their freedom of what they read to back.
Magazine Association of America, Inc. (1954, October 26). The Comics Code of 1954. Retrieved September 23, 2017, from http://cbldf.org/the-comics-code-of-1954/
Miller, T. (Director). (2016). Deadpool [Motion picture]. United States: Marvel Enterprises.
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