Welcome to the four hundred and twenty-eighth in a series of examinations of comic book legends and whether they are true or false. Click here for an archive of the previous four hundred and twenty-seven. This week, how did the Comics Code save Sue Storm from a spanking? Plus, did famed Argentinian novelist Julio Cortázar really write a Fantomas comic? Finally, who the heck is the Gay Desperado and what does he have to do with the Bold Buckaroo and the Lone Vigilante?
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COMIC LEGEND: The Comics Code made Stan Lee and Jack Kirby edit a panel where the Thing threatens to spank the Invisible Girl.
STATUS: I'm Going with True
Last week, in my feature spotlighting comic book trends, I did a bit on superhero spankings.
Reader Bret S. then wrote in to send me a link to the following piece at a comic book spanking fan site.
In it, they make a convincing case that this was, indeed, intended to be a panel of the Thing threatening to spank the Invisible Girl.
Note how the lettering is JUST off on "catch"? It looks like Sue's dialogue has also been slightly altered. In fact, there's even a decent case to be made that the Thing's right arm has been erased and re-drawn. The lettering, though, looks pretty darn evident that something was changed. "Ya want I should spank her for ya?" fits perfectly into the sentence AND the posing of the characters.
How hilarious is that?
I showed it to Tom Brevoort and he agreed that this just had to be an example of the Comics Code saying, "Hey, yeah, you can't do that" and making Marvel change it. I was already pretty much convinced, but Tom's agreement cinched the deal for me.
Thanks to Bret S. for the link, thanks to Tom Brevoort for making me feel more confident about going "true" for this (as really, there is no other way to prove it nearly fifty years later) and thanks to the "Chicago Spanking Review" for their great detective work!
And don't feel bad for ol' Ben Grimm. He had the opportunity to make up for lost time in a 1980 issue of Marvel Two-in-One...
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