Comic Book Age Rating Guide (Info-Blog)
Want to know if that comic or graphic novel is age appropriate for your child? Maybe you have a young reader who wants to get into comics but your not sure if they are old enough?
Let us help you with a guide and helpful hints when looking for comics that are age appropriate or how to introduce a young person into the comic world.
IS THERE A STANDARD COMIC AGE RATING ACROSS ALL COMIC PUBLISHERS?
Short answer is no. But Publishers do offer their own rating systems, which is a great guideline to find out if your child is reading a comic that might not be age appropriate for them.
Similar to the movie age rating system, comics usually have a four tier system stemming from all ages to adult.
Below is the two major comic book publishers Marvel Comics and Dc Comics age rating guidelines:
Introduced in 2011 this is one that most publishers use:
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 15 and older. May contain moderate violence, mild profanity, graphic imagery and/or suggestive themes.
M – MATURE – Appropriate for readers age 17 and older. May contain intense violence, extensive profanity, nudity, sexual themes and other content suitable only for older readers.
Marvel has had a few different rating systems over the years
ALL AGES – Appropriate for all ages.
T TEEN – Appropriate for most readers, but parents are advised that they might want to read before or with younger children.
T+ TEENS AND UP – Appropriate for teens 13 and above.
PARENTAL ADVISORY – Appropriate for 15 and up. Similar to T+, but featuring more mature themes and/or more graphic imagery. Recommended for teen and adult readers.
EXPLICIT CONTENT / MAX COMICS – 18+ years old
WHERE TO FIND THE RATINGS ON COMICS/GRAPHIC NOVELS?
Below we have put together a image showing where to find the age rating for a comic/graphic novel.
That some comics may not display the bar-codes at the front of the comic book as it is a variant cover which the artist has drawn the cover without logos or bar-codes.
They are sometimes inside page of the front cover or place at the back of the book or the second last page of the book.
THE COMICS CODE AUTHORITY
The Comics Code Authority was formed in 1954 due to mass concerns that the content and art found in comics was causing the younger generations to break out in more violent behavior and lead them to a dark path in life.
This was mainly horror and crime story comics which actually had pretty intense comic covers of murder and violent act on the front cover.
The Comic Book Industry set the guidelines of criteria of what could and cannot be displayed in a comic book.
By the 2000's most comic book publishers had abandoned the comics code as it felt out of date and hided comic creativity.
WHY WAS THAT IMPORTANT TO KNOW?
Well the main reason being that older comics from 1954 to 2000's didn't really have an age rating system but instead just followed the comic code rules. This didn't mean that the comics from that period was adult only but more to be aware of if your younger reader under the age of 16 was to read them.
WHAT WOULD BE THE BEST WAY TO INTRODUCE COMICS TO AGES 5 TO 15?
My personal opinion would to get them watching animated series of comic heroes first. This will help them discover new characters and find their personal taste in stories and heroes.
Yes I know reading is better then watch television but this is how a lot of comic readers started. For myself it was Batman the Animated series and Spider-Man. These moved on to reading comics and growing a love for the comic industry.
Below is an example of a Streaming service (Disney +) that showcases a fine range of animated features for younger audiences. (note we are not endorsed by Disney this was just an example)
If you have any questions and still unsure if the comic is age appropriate, feel free to contact us and we can help you out.
We are currently going through our comics and graphic novels and listing the age rating in the description of the books we sell online.
I hope this has helped clear any uncertainty or at least given you a guide to which place to start.