DC Comics rating system

The DC Comics rating system is a system for rating the content of comic books used by DC Comics. In 2011, DC Comics decided to withdraw from the Comics Code Authority and implement their own rating system for their comics. Rather than replicating the system used by Marvel Comics, DC Comics' system is more similar to video game ratings, specifically the ESRB.[1] A few months later, Image Comics implemented a similar rating system to their own comics that followed the same system as DC.[2]


The DC Comics Rating System assigns each comic book one of the following ratings:

  • 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.

See also


  1. ^ "DC Replaces Comics Code Approval with Own Rating System". Newsarama.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.
  2. ^ "Image Announces Rating System Consistent With DC Comics Ratings". Bleedingcool.com. Retrieved 13 March 2019.

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Content rating

A content rating (also known as maturity rating) rates the suitability of TV broadcasts, movies, comic books, or video games to its audience. A content rating usually places a media source into one of a number of different categories, which tell what age group is suitable to view said media. The individual categories include the stated age groups within the category, along with all ages greater than the ages of that category.

List of DC Comics imprints

DC Comics has published a number of other imprints and lines of comics over the years.

Marvel Comics rating system

The Marvel rating system is a system for rating the content of comic books, with regard to appropriateness for different age groups. In 2001, Marvel Comics withdrew from the Comics Code Authority and established its own rating system for its publications. This was precipitated by the CCA refusing approval of the seal due to the strong depiction of violence in X-Force #116, a comic written by Peter Milligan and drawn by Mike Allred. As well, by withdrawing from the CCA, this is seen as a move by editor-in-chief Joe Quesada to lure more high-profile creators to Marvel Comics. Today's ratings are usually found on the comic's UPC box.

Lines and imprints
Editors-in-Chief /
Editorial Directors

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