Top Ten WTF Moments In Batman Comics


The Joker is easily one of the greatest villains of all time. That doesn’t mean he hasn’t had an embarrassing gaffe or two along the way. One of his biggest came from Batman #66, when, after a failed robbery that the press deems “The Boner of the Year,” Joker becomes obsessed with recreating some of history’s most famous mistakes to force Batman into making similarly embarrassing errors. If you ever have the opportunity to read this gem in its entirety, please do so immediately. (We’ll, wait.)

The sheer lunacy of the plot and the impressive number of uses the writers find for the word “boner” is enough to turn the most steadfast of nuns into a fit of giggles. Remember that episode of South Park where they throw out the s-word a blistering 162 times? This is kind of like that, except there’s no moral at the end of the story, merely Batman saying things like, “while you were so busy forcing me into a boner, you forgot you were committing one yourself.”

To be fair, this comic came out in 1951, and by the standards of the day, it might not have seemed that ridiculous (given the term also means blunder). But we’ve done some fact checking, and without going into the etymology of the word, it definitely had the same sexual connotation back then as it does today.

Don’t believe for a second the writers didn’t know what they were doing when they had Commissioner Gordon tell Batman, “I’m worried about the boner he is readying for you.” Unless you also think Disney animators don’t subliminally insert obscenities into their movies.