Comic Book Confidential: Suggestive and Steamy (NSFW)

fuelingHaving worked for DC Comics and MAD Magazine, I can truthfully tell you that writers and comic book artists know when they are crossing the line with subliminal… and not so subliminal, dirty sex stuff in the pages of the comics you read as a kid. Why did boys steal their sister’s Archie comics? Because it was a sex-filled orgy of small town high school kids. Why did Batman make you feel a bit uncomfortable or make you realize that you are “different” from the other boys? Did you ever wonder if Superman’s super farts would kill everyone in a three block radius? It was all included in those cheap newsprint pages.

The golden and silver age comic book artists were still geeks and after a liquid lunch at one of the well-known cartoonist hangouts in New York City, they would return to their drawing boards and, with writers in the same state of low-paid inebriation, they would roll in hysterics at the double-meanings, phallic shapes and outright sexual innuendos they would purposely plant into the pages of their work, trusting that the editors and publishers were more drunk then they were. Judging by the following examples, put together by illustrator Mitch O’Connell, on his blog (check it out to see hundreds of examples), they were successful at helping pervert America’s youth.

Oh, sure! They had no idea that flying guy was leaving fart trails, the woman’s hand was placed strategically over the man’s crotch, the language Sue and Hilda were using or what a “one-eyed monster” is. As Stan Lee always commented, “nuff said!”

The Joker should have known he couldn’t conceal a boner for very long.

All of these different comic books had men named “Dick” and “Rod.” A coincidence? I doubt it.

Oh, come on! I mean… er, well… they knew exactly what they were doing.

There’s nothing like subtlety… and this is nothing like it. Perhaps it’s better modern comics are filled with good, wholesome violence?

While you’re enjoying those wacky comic books, check out some of those wondrous ads for enthralling rip off merchandise.

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Speider Schneider

Speider Schneider is a former member of The Usual Gang of Idiots at MAD Magazine and has designed products for Disney/Pixar, Warner Bros., Harley-Davidson, ESPN, Mattel, DC and Marvel Comics, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon among other notable companies. Speider is a former member of the board for the Graphic Artists Guild, co-chair of the GAG Professional Practices Committee and a former board member of the Society of Illustrators. Follow him on Twitter @speider

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