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* ComicBook/{{Tintin}}: In 1934 Hergé drew a story named ''The Blue Lotus'' in which Tintin travels to China. Hergé's friend, a Chinese foreign exchange student named Zhang Chong Ren told him a lot about Chinese culture and society, including the then current situation in Asia, where Japan had military occupied China. He also wrote all the Chinese signs, billboards, ideograms and texts seen in the backgrounds. As a BilingualBonus only Chinese people could read these. This also might explain why the book [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar wasn't censored]] from the start because many of these texts are anti-Japanese slogans, like for instance: ''Boycot Japanese products'', ''Abolish unfair treaties'' and ''Down with Imperialism''. Upon realising the anti-Japanese tone of the story, Japan's diplomats stationed in Belgium issued an official complaint and threatened to take their complaint to the Permanent Court of International Justice at The Hague. Zhang congratulated Hergé, stating that it would only further expose the actions of Japan in China to further international scrutiny and would make Hergé "world-famous".
* [[ComicBook/NewAvengers The New Avengers]] are just learning of a new, villainous Avengers team. Carol leans forward to better look at the screen. Bucky... [[http://media.comicvine.com/uploads/0/40/714612-prv2102_pg4_copy_2_super.jpg likes what he sees]].
** For good measure, the words CAPTAIN AMERICA are superimposed on his crotch.
* Along those same lines, Steve Gerber snuck "Phelch" (the name of a "space turnip") into ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck''. Gerber pretty much made a career out of getting crap past the radar; in ''Howard the Duck'''s first issue, Howard says that a large nest "reminds me of where I was first laid" (when reprinted in a Marvel Treasury Edition, the line was changed to "...where I was first hatched"). From all appearances, Gerber may also have been the first writer in mainstream newsstand comics to use "freaking" as a euphemism for "fucking."
* In ''Comicbook/{{Runaways}}'', Nico says something about criminals filling the power vacuum left in L.A. when their supervillain parents died, and Chase suggests that "power vacuum" should be Gert's codename. Gert is Chase's girlfriend. Eleven-year-old Molly gets it; apparently, the censors didn't.
* And then there's [[http://www.superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=30%3Aframes-and-panels-index&id=808%3Ajimmy-rides-a-giant-hot-dog-i-dont-get-it-either&Itemid=38 this]], which appears to date from the age of UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode...
** Wait, does that mean you can figure that one out? Then please, tell the rest of us. We're so confused! (Maybe "A stud with a big weiner"?) (It's "horse wiener".)
*** "I could eat a hotdog the size of a horse"? Others include [[spoiler: "I want a wiener so big I could ride it"]] and [[spoiler: "I wanna ride a giant wiener." Or more likely "I want a wiener like a horse."]]
** [[spoiler: It's actually: "I'm so hungry I could eat a wiener the size of a horse!", [[LiteralGenie carefully misheard.]] Still doesn't make it better.]]
* In a 1959 ''ArchieComics'' Christmas story, Archie tells Veronica that he's going to give her dad "the bird" as a Christmas gift. Veronica is understandably offended until Archie shows her the canary he plans to give to Mr. Lodge.
** There's another famous example from ''Archie'' where one of the main characters runs through a magical hole in the wall that looks exactly like a vagina. It could have been coincidence, but...
** In one issue we see right up the skirt of one of the girls, and either the colorist made a mistake or she was not wearing any underwear. The fact that her foot is positioned in exactly the right spot suggests that this was intentional. Pity the girl had to be [[FanDisservice Big Ethel]]...
* One that falls between "Getting Crap Past the Radar" and "DoubleEntendre" was a story where Archie's fixing Betty's record player. Meanwhile, Veronica calls, and Betty's mother says Betty's up in her room with Archie. She then smirkingly says "He's fiddling with her turntable." and holds the phone away from her ear as Veronica yells "I'll bet he is!"
* In ''[[Comicbook/TheFlash Impulse]]'', thought balloons frequently had pictures representing the character's thoughts. At one point, Max Mercury responded to an unpleasant surprise with a picture of a dam.
** Impulse took this habit with him into ''ComicBook/YoungJustice''. Once, when Wonder Girl was nagging him, his thought balloon contained a picture of her as a dog.
*** The crossover arc Sins Of Youth had an aged down Aquaman informing Stargirl that he could hold his breath indefinitely. For bonus points consider that while physically Aquaman was a child and Stargirl an adult at the time give or take some magic based confusion mentally the opposite was true.
* From an issue of ''[[ComicBook/TeenTitans Titans]]'' in which Dick "Nightwing" Grayson insists the original members have to maintain their secret identities in front of the new kids, which means full costumes and codenames to hang out and watch TV:
-->'''Arsenal:''' Nightwing, you can be such a...\\
'''Flash:''' No real names, remember?
* DonRosa started practising this after he gained ProtectionFromEditors. [[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/Pin-upCalender.jpg Example 1.]] [[http://i73.photobucket.com/albums/i212/Kerrah_photos/BetweenTheLegs.jpg Example 2.]] We still haven't figured out how [[DestructoNookie the ending]] of ''[[Comicbook/TheLifeAndTimesOfScroogeMcDuck The Prisoner of White Agony Creek]]'' ever saw the light of day.
** Rosa wrote that he would slip these kinds of things into his scripts to amuse his editor when he caught them, "or give him heart attacks later if he doesn't."
* The original [[TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] ''WonderWoman'' comics had Bondage & Domination subtext so blatant and frequent that it would qualify as RefugeInAudacity in modern times. Diana was as big a SociopathicHero as her male counterparts of the time, but her psychosis lent itself to tying people up and being tied up in return, bouncing people around until they submitted, and singing the praises of occasional slavery. It was pure AuthorAppeal, to be sure, but still...
** That's nothing. Blatant bondage scenes on the ''cover'' have been known to slip past the [[UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Comics Code Authority]] in the ''Silver Age''. [[http://www.superdickery.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&catid=29%3Aconfounding-comic-covers-index&id=993%3Ascantily-clad-girls-tied-to-explosive-pipe-organ&Itemid=32 To wit.]]
* In ''ComicBook/AmericanFlagg'' the subversive organization American Survivalist Labor Commitee. Say the acronym fast. [[spoiler:Ass-lick.]]
* In the recent Muppet comics, it was revealed just how adult Floyd and Janice were. In one comic that explored the question "Just what is Gonzo?" Floyd answered with "Man, he can swing any way he wants. That's cool." In the comic spoofing Robin Hood, Janice plays a character named Willa Scarlet who is an expert on herbs.
* ComicBook/JonahHex, who somehow managed to be a violent anti-hero in the days of UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode. The very first issue ends with him dropping an unarmed villain off a cliff.
* A lot of the 70s series of ''ComicBook/ConanTheBarbarian'' featured instances of getting past the comics code. One issue features man-eating flowers (ItMakesSenseInContext), and the flowers start out white, but as someone falls into them, they slowly turn red. Another has Red Sonja noting Conan's wall-climbing abilities, and wonders if the other tall tales about Cimmerians are true. As she's looking up at him, and he's basically wearing a loincloth...
* The Adventures of Superman #542 contains numerous references to LSD.
* Though most often booed for their horrible puns, the host-characters of horror comics like ''TalesFromTheCrypt'' or ''ComicBook/HouseOfMystery'' often threw in a DoubleEntendre during various stories' introductions and denouments. Having previously been driven underground by UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode, graphic writers of horror tend to see GettingCrapPastTheRadar as a badge of honor, if not a moral duty. The Cryptkeeper from the televised ''Tales From The Crypt'' continued this envelope--pushing tradition, with punning references to bondage, masturbation, S&M and the like, taking full advantage of the looser standards applied to pay cable programming.
* [[http://i535.photobucket.com/albums/ee357/Pichu_Chu/lesbiansbl1.png This]] comic strip based off ''WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries''. Why did Batgirl think they were "friends" when Harley mention "[[IsThatWhatTheyreCallingItNow playing]]"? Notice the fingers.
** That book spun off a {{DCAU}} style ''Harley and Ivy'' miniseries, in which Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy wash each other's hair in the prison shower and sleep in the same bed once they break out. WordOfGay has said it was exactly what it looked like.
*** There is significantly more going on in ''Harley and Ivy'' than hair-braiding, but all that need be noted is that Harley alternates between an abusive relationship with the Joker, and a caring and slightly less abusive one [[spoiler: with Ivy]]
** Notice Harley's wording too. A "special shot" so they "won't get sick" from 'playing'?
*** This actually makes perfect sense, in-universe; the shot is to protect Harley. They don't call her ''Poison'' Ivy for nothing.
** What sort of "playing" does she mean though? Her poison is only transmitted via contact, and she favors the KissOfDeath. There's ''nothing'' to worry about if they're playing miniature golf of something. There's just no other way to take it. Also in the same comic strips there's two gay lumberjack villains named Slash and Burn, and that issue was heavy on the gay.
** That is to say nothing of the subtext about Barbara and Kara that makes it clear as water.
*** You'll notice that Batgirl doesn't actually deny it.
* ''ComicBook/PinkChickens'' by Patrick Alexander doesn't so much sneak crap past the radar as heave shovelfuls of it past and hope it gets hidden in plain sight. [[http://pinkchickens.chickennation.com/comic/index.php?start=32 Take a look at this comic, panel 3 in particular.]] This was originally published in a magazine for children, until an irate parent actually read it and complained.
** In fact now I think about it, [[http://pinkchickens.chickennation.com/comic/index.php?start=44 you can pretty much just pick any page.]]
* In the Colleen Coover story in the ''King-Size {{Spider-Man}} Summer Special'', the Enchantress calls for her laptop computer. "Why?" asks one of her henchthings. "The usual. [[LesYay To look at ladies.]]" (It's part of a diabolical scheme, but [[SmallFavors given the givens ...]])
* The adult comic ''{{Viz}}'' had an entire strip built around this. "Sweary Mary"'s appearances in the comic revolved around her efforts to [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar get crap past the radar]] so she could swear as much as possible without being censored. In her last appearance she finally achieved her life's dream of being allowed to swear on the cover, but lost her voice and was ridiculed by the other characters.
* In ''Amazing {{Spider-Man}} #598'', Spidey infiltrates the DarkAvengers using a special Venom disguise. Unfortunately, he is captured and Bullseye tortures him (with a high tech device meant to [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything simulate drowning]]) to get the password necessary to remove his mask. After quite a bit of torture Spidey tells Bullseye that the password is "Bowl...Psi...Isad...Oosh. You say it all together." (In case you didn't get it: [[spoiler:"Bullseye is a douche."]])
* In the Archie ''Comicbook/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesAdventures'' comics, Ninjara is with both Future and Young Raphaels:
--> '''Ninjara:''' Just me and my two Raphs. What could be better?
--> '''Future Raphael:''' (Thinking) Another Ninjara.
--> '''Young Raphael:''' (Thinking) Some whipped cream.
* [[http://www.minervaminkspondsidehaven.com/comics/32page4.jpg This]] panel from an ''WesternAnimation/{{Animaniacs}}'' comic book, which is linked from the VeryFalseAdvertising page:
--> '''Minerva Mink's boss:''' Miss Yum-Yum, is this year's model more [[DoubleEntendre robust]]?
** The Entire Page sounds like they're describing some new-fangled sex gadget.
* People tend to forget it since it was the issue Venom debuted in, but at one point in the story, Mary Jane actually allows Peter to take some nudie pictures of her. As if that weren't enough, the caption for the scene says "[[SomethingElseAlsoRises Peter's spirits begin to rise.]]"
** Seen here[[http://i1210.photobucket.com/albums/cc415/joshparylak/MJpics.png]]
* There was a ''Spider-Man"" comic in the 80's where Spidey was fighting an old villain named [[UnfortunateName the Foreigner]]. The Foreigner was [[HeelFaceTurn dating the Black Cat]] at this time after she had [[DatingCatwoman previously been with Spider-Man]]. The following exchange took place:
--> '''Foreigner:''' I'm disappointed. Felicia (the Black Cat) said you were formidable.
--> '''Spider-Man:''' Yeah, what else did she say?
--> '''Foreigner:''' There were other comparisons. I'm afraid you came up rather short.
* ''ComicBook/DarkwingDuck'' #2:
-->''Darkwing'': Now all those orders I filed for chains and cowboy hats make sense! *muttered* All this time I thought someone had a unique way of enjoying the weekend.
* In an issue of NewMutants the characters go to Hell and fight demons who speak a seemingly nonsensical language. It is, however, translated at one point. If you follow each letter precisely, you can actually find the demons saying things like, "Fuck nuts" and "Hey dick-breath".
* Alan Moore pulled a similar trick in Book II of ''TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen''. In it, there's a Martian dialect which, when read in a mirror, is English. Through this, Moore is able to get across a great amount of profanity.
* Creator/SergioAragones likes to sneak penises and bare-breasted women into some of his background scenes, particularly ''ComicBook/GrooTheWanderer''. Given the cartoonish style of his work, it's more comedic than titillating.
* ''ComicBook/TeenTitans'' got away with the very underaged Terra having a sexual relationship with the much older Deathstroke. To make it worse, he's [[OlderThanTheyLook older than he looks]].
* In the Marvel series ''ComicBook/CivilWar'' the Thing takes a sabbatical in Paris, and of course ends up fighting alongside a French superhero team. He celebrates his new allegiance with the warcry "Il est temps de battre!" (Strictly, it should be "C'est l'heure de se battre," but this is Ben Grimm.) In the next fight scene he gets a little confused and yells "Il est temps de foutre!" and the sexy superheroine alongside asks if that was exactly what he meant. Well she may, since the English word would only appear in a comic with stars after the F, and probably not even then.
* There is an Archie story from the 80s which involves Archie using his finger to stop-up a hole in a cracked aquarium to stop it from flooding Mr. Lodge's pool room. The story features one of Mr. Lodge's business associates who is clearly huffing Amyl Nitrate numerous times during the story; he even offers one to Archie, saying they're "smelling salts".
* During Creator/CrossGen's first run, Obregon Kaine's CatchPhrase in ''Negation'' is [[ThisIsGonnaSuck BOHICA]], the literal meaning of which ("[[PrisonRape Bend Over, Here It Comes Again]]") he explains upon request. Compared to the rest of the Sigil-verse, where anything stronger than the odd "damn" is heavily censored...
* There's a short Batman written by [[YTheLastMan Brian K. Vaughn]] which has the Joker [[spoiler:or rather an impersonator]] breaking into a factory and rearranging the chemicals to spell dirty words. For example, boron, argon, and fluoride become B-Ar-F. Then he mentions he also did [[CountryMatters copper and niton]].
* In the original X-Men DarkPhoenixSaga, one of the first hints you have that Phoenix was really getting off from using her enormous power was subtly slipped in by artist John Byrne. During her duel with The White Queen, judging from her chestal region, she was either really turned on or it was really cold in Chicago that night. And since they had already established a few issues earlier she didn't even feel the cold anymore, well....
* In the August 1939 issue of Centaur Comics ''Amazing Mystery Funnies'', The Inner Circle story had the leader of a hostile nation named [[SdrawkcabName Targib]], and the Minister of Propaganda was named [[SdrawkcabName Parcastol]].
* For a time in the '70s, Captain America was the target of a smear campaign by the Committee to Regain America's Principles.
* In DC's ''ComicBook/FiftyTwo'' (not the new 52, but the year-long weekly series that followed ''InfiniteCrisis''), a member of Lex Luthor's private super-team was clearly shooting up heroin, but the word heroin was never used. She was always just described as being "on the sharp," and then "off the sharp" when she stopped using. Any readers not familiar with drug slang might very well have missed exactly what was being referenced, although this is a borderline example, since the illustrations clearly showed her shooting up something.
* TheBeano has Meebo and Zuky, a cat-and-dog duo with a gruesome twist of guts and bones (and not the doggie type!)
* In one of the Blue King ''CityOfHeroes'' comics (specifically the first ''Dread Carnivale''), in the [[spoiler:second nightclub scene]] there's very clearly (if you know where to look) a woman, dancing entirely naked.
** Possibly an oblique reference to the GameMod which allowed you to do just that.
* In TheBeano issue 3421 we see The Bash Street Kids' Headmaster's office. It is full of books with head related titles eg Being the Head, Head Stuff and Heading. We also see another book with it's title which is partially obscured but the words Giving 'ead are clearly visible.
* On the map page of Issue #2 of ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagicIDW'', there's a location known as [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gelding Gelding]] Grotto.
* Let's be honest, with their shrunken/dilated irises, erratic behavior and thin, consumed frames is blatantly obvious that the hippie ponies from ''ComicBook/MyLittlePonyMicroSeries'' Issue #3 (''especially'' Flax Seed) are [[EverybodyMustGetStoned higher than the Stars and Stripes on the 4th of July]]. WordOfGod on the matter is basically "I can't ''say'' that he's high all the time, but he totally is."
** Flax Seed even keeps forgetting what he was going to say and is convinced that Filthy Rich's billboard portrait is always watching him. On top of that, he stares at the sky at random moments and stays like that with a vacant expression.
** The party after Rarity's fashion show included ponies gambling and blatantly drunk (especially Rainbow Dash) plus Sweetcream Scoops is making passes at Big [=McIntosh=] while two stallions are trying to seduce (a very uncomfortable) Fluttershy.
** Pinkie Pie is peeking into the stallions dressing room with Rainbow Dash on the first page while Fluttershy watches in something between horror and embarrassment.
* [[http://ginchycomics.tumblr.com/post/33605195944/i-guess-im-just-not-destined-to-find-the-right This hilariously wrong panel]] from ''ComicBook/TheAvengers''. Lamenting that he screwed up his chance to admit to the Wasp that he likes her, the Black Knight notes that he'll "[[UnusualEuphemism have to be content with]] [[ADateWithRosiePalms polishing the old Ebony Blade]]".
* ''ComicBook/{{Asterix}}'' does this a lot, in typically French fashion.
** For instance, in ''Asterix and Son'', Asterix has had a baby abandoned on his doorstep. The Gauls disgustedly remark that it's unusual that someone would leave a baby with an unmarried warrior rather than a temple, and when Asterix asks what that implies, we see the judgemental expressions of every character in the room in separate panels until Asterix insists it [[TheMistress isn't like that]].
** There was actually more of this added in the (UK) English translation than existed in the original work, thanks to the extremely relaxed British attitude towards ParentalBonus. The translator Anthea Bell says she thought at first she went too far in renaming the druid Panoramix (who supplies magic SuperSerum to his fellow villagers) "Getafix", and came up with an alternate explanation for if the publishers or children pressed her about it (the idea that stone circles were used by druids to 'get a fix' on the stars).
*** He literally says the phrase 'get a fix on the stars' in ''Asterix and the Picts'', in reference to this.
** "Panoramix" in the original subtly suggests expansion of vision, as of the kind which might be created by certain substances. This is just a gag about psychedelic culture until ''The Big Fight'', which he spends giggling at mundane things, enjoying even horrible music, and using magic to make things change colour and float. The AnimatedAdaptation of this story uses him for some of the most DerangedAnimation ever. His reputation is such that his image not uncommonly graces French tabs of acid, much the same as the use of the Pink Elephants from ''WesternAnimation/{{Dumbo}}''.
** The Romans have orgies. Several throwaway gags are made about this, but at one point there is an actual depiction of a Roman orgy which goes on for a page and a half and manages to imply all kinds of decadent sexuality without showing any nudity at all (it's mostly about eating disgusting foods). It does, however, show some pretty explicit clothes-on BDSM play - a Roman woman in the background is riding an old man around, lashing him with a whip and forcing him to eat with his mouth like an animal.
** In ''Mansions of the Gods'' there's a short scene where Geriatrix's gorgeous wife shows up [[GorgeousPeriodDress wearing Roman fashion]] for the first time, making the entire male population of the village wonder if adopting Roman culture might actually be a good idea. So we get the idea of just how smoking hot she is, [[VaporWear her breasts and nipples are drawn visible through her transparent clothes]].
** In one story, Asterix, Obelix, Vitalstatistix, and Impedimenta are returning from a meal, Obelix and Vitalstatistix both drunk. In the streets, they start having a loud argument. Obelix sides with Vitalstatistix, and they run at each other, hugging. At this point a man pokes his head out of a window above and tells them to '[[GetARoom take your girlfriend somewhere else]], you [[ThreeWaySex decadent lot]]!'
** In ''The Laurel Wreath'' Asterix and Obelix attempt to get themselves sold at a high-class slave market frequented by patricians. The slaves there include an effeminate, skimpy-clothed teenage male character who is obviously supposed to be a ''delicatus'', an androgynous, adolescent SexSlave kept by wealthy Romans in history.
** Bravura, who had a weird kind of romance with Asterix in her story, imagines in ''Asterix and Obelix's Birthday'' him captured by a miniskirted, petite (but still OneHeadTaller) Gaulish warrior woman who has confiscated his magic potion and is tormenting him with it, his face contorted in sadomasochistic ecstasy.
** ''Asterix and Obelix's Birthday'' mentions 'beatnix' who 'get nicely stoned at Nicae'.
* In one issue of ''G. I. Joe: Special Missions'' had a sniper taking out mines that Cobra aircraft were dropping along the course of a tanker that the Joes were escorting. After having quite a bit of difficulty lining up a shot on the final mine, the sniper's next words are "Got you, you son of a-". The following panel has the mine exploding with the sound effect '''BITCHOOOOM!'''
* ''ComicBook/{{Superlopez}}'': The cube gun from ''Los Alienígenas''. Since there's no known way to revert its effects, [[FridgeHorror its victims are as good as dead.]]
** Carapincho DOES reappear after being cubified, and to become a series regular, no less. Although he's admittedly rendered unable to say anything else other than grunts...
* After many years of trying to write realistic language in comics, only to have the editors change words like "dick" to "dork" and to cut references to masturbation entirely, Creator/NeilGaiman finally scored in ''ComicBook/TheBooksOfMagic''. In his original script, John Constantine says "Fucking hell" (and the circumstances fairly justify strong language). The editor refused to accept that, and Gaiman changed it to "Felching heck", which the editor apparently assumed was some kind of {{bowdlerisation}} (it's not: it's far stronger than the original phrase) and let it go to print.
* Marvel didn't publish six issues of ''Giant-Size Man-Thing'' by accident.
** Deadpool actually made a joke about this once
* In the first issue of ''YoungAvengers Children's Crusade'', Billy and Teddy (canon boyfriends) are given a room at the Avengers' mansion which is a bare cell with twin beds. Teddy complains about the twin beds, so Billy uses his magic to redecorate the room to resemble a [[LoveHotels hotel room]], complete with changing the twin beds into a nice queen-sized bed with mints on a pillows! Teddy and Billy then begin to comfort one another and are [[AlmostKiss about to kiss]], when they are [[MomentKiller interrupted by Tommy coming to rescue them]]. It's clear that had they gone on uninterrupted, they wouldn't have stopped at a kiss...
* Toni Gay and Butch Dykeman. ''Toni Gay and Butch Dykeman''. [[http://scans-daily.dreamwidth.org/2766430.html link for more info]]
* More than you imagine in ''ComicBook/ZipiYZape''. Escobar was a language master and included very colourful metaphors that could be easily misinterpreted, usually punctuated by an AsideGlance from someone nearby not involved in the conversation.
** Also, the comics could be dark sometimes. One time Jaimita scolded the twins and they ran away: while she was looking for them, she overheard them saying "Oh, what a world!" "What did you expect? We don't fit on it!" Jaimita fears she was too strict with them and that they could be planning [[DrivenToSuicide to do something stupid]]. She barges into the room... only to have a laughing fit when she sees the twins trying to hide in a chest. [[GeniusBonus The Spanish word for "world" is also an antiquated synonym for "chest"]]
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