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All of the comic book debate led the Association of Comic Magazine Publishers to enact editorial standards in May 1948 -- more than a year before Fulton's bill was presented. Its main points were cited in Maclean's Magazine on December 1, 1948:

1. Sexy, wanton comics are out. Female nudity shouldn't go beyond normal bathing-beach standards.
2. Crime shouldn't be presented in a way to throw sympathy against law and justice. No comics should show details of a crime by a youth.
3. No scenes of sadistic torture.
4. Vulgar, obscene language should never be used; slang seldom.
5. No glamourizing of divorce.
6. No attack or ridicule against any religious or racial group.

Obviously these standards did not go far enough as the controversy continued to rage for several years. When Nancy made Heroes of Our Time she depicted a story similar to those in the media. Four young boys spend their days hanging around the local comic book store and read the books incessantly. One day the boys decide to rob a messenger of his money pouch. After the robbery, the messenger fetches a policeman who returns to the scene of the crime and, as the boys are running away, he fires his gun killing the youngest and most innocent of the boys. The final image of the work is the young boy's mother holding and rocking her lifeless son. Nancy included a birthday party scene mid-way through the work illustrating that the boys are good at heart but have been led down the wrong path by these violent comics.