Stealth Pun: Comics

  • During one of Adam Warren's Dirty Pair stories, a villain introduces a clone of "good girl" Yuri into the convention the girls are hosting, to shake things up. We first hear about "clone-Yuri's" antics from one of the con-goers (much to real Yuri's distress). Then we cut to Clone Yuri's room and we can clearly see (though the words are never spoken) that she has been literally "screwed, blued, and tattooed".
  • During a Robin issue during Infinite Crisis, the Teen Titans are in a secret lab looking for a cure for Superboy, after his first beating by Superboy-Prime. Speedy who has HIV asks for everyone to look out for a "Speedy Fix". Notable for making a Black Comedy pun.
  • Two issues of James Robinson's Firearm involved the title character entering a virtual world based on Glasgow, mostly as a gift to Glaswegian artist Gary Erskine. In one panel, Erskine drew a figure that resembled Alex from A Clockwork Orange outside an underground station. The local nickname for Glasgow's underground railway is "the clockwork orange".
  • In Watchmen, Rorschach breaks Nite-Owl's lock to get into his apartment. It gets replaced. Then he does it again. It gets replaced. Then the police break in. The lock holds but the door is destroyed. The pun? The lock company was called Gordian Knot Lock Company.
    • This is less likely to be a pun than an intentional thread in Moore's insanely complicated web of incestuous connections in Watchmen. Ozymandias later refers to Alexander the Great and cutting through the Gordian Knot, which is also, metaphorically, what he himself ends up doing.
    • Rorschach's foe in prison is short, and his two henchmen are, respectively, nasty and brutish. All three of them perceive Rorschach's comments ("small world", "fat chance", etc.) as being snide remarks about them.... Hrm... possibly true. Must look into later.
  • Ultimate Spider-Man updates Peter Parker's status quo; he still works for the Daily Bugle in this version, but he helps manage their Internet site instead of taking pictures. That's right, Spider-Man's a webmaster.
  • The second issue of the Great Ten series is called The Tao of Archery. It involves Celestial Archer, whose real name is Xu Tao.
  • One of Brian K. Vaughan's earlier works was a backup story in a Batman special where, among other things, the Joker breaks into a chemical lab to steal bomb ingredients. While he's there, he decides to amuse himself by re-arranging canisters so the abbreviations on the labels spell out funny things. Boron, argon and fluorine spell BArF, which is "positively tame" compared to what he did with copper (Cu) and niton (Nt).
    • That must have been a very old canister. "Niton" has been officially named radon for almost 80 years.
  • Where do you practice your Deathstroke? In the Deadpool, of course.
  • In Preacher, two minor villains list their "services" as Sexual Investigators.
    • Or to put it another way, private dicks.
  • Gladiator, the Superboy counterpart in Marvel's Captain Ersatz Legion of Super-Heroes comes from the planet Strontia. While his Kryptonite Factor is actually self-doubt, it's probably not a coincidence that Strontianite is a real mineral.
  • J. Jonah Jameson was mutated in Earth X. It wasn't revealed until the end that he had a donkey's head. That's right, he became a jackass.
  • At one point, the various Clayfaces (who, as the name suggests, are made of living clay) teamed up to take on Batman. Two of them fell in love, married and had a child. What was his name? Cassius.
  • A stealth pun in Salvation Run is explained in the third story here.
  • In The Wizard of Id, a visitor to the untrustworthy King's castle notices that the King's flag consists of a pair of black X's on a white background. The visitor asks for the name of this emblem. The king moves on to another pun before it is mentioned that the king is represented by Double Crosses.
    • Charlie Chaplin did that joke earlier in The Great Dictator, where Adenoid Hynkel's movement is also referred to as the Sons (and Daughters) of the Double Cross. By the way, a different type of double cross (two horizontal bars) was used in heraldry centuries before the term "to double-cross" was invented (it comes from horse racing).
  • This Mallard Fillmore strip. The punchline sounds almost like a parody of his usual Strawman Political rants; eventually someone figured out it's a Stealth Pun. (Because NASCAR fans are "race-ists".)
  • A 2009 Housebroken strip had DJ Dog mentioning his plans to expand his empire. His plans include a line of handbags called DJ Doggie Bags, a soft drink called DJ Doggie Dew, and a fashion and lifestyle magazine called DJ Doggie...Fashion Magazine. Maya says she can't think of a better name for the last one without them getting cancelled.
  • FoxTrot sometimes has the characters making references to Bill O'Reilly or Sean Hannity being on TV — which of course means that the Fox family is watching Fox News.
  • In the splash panel to this Garfield strip, Garfield is sleeping on a music staff. The measure he's sleeping on has a rest in it.
  • Dilbert: Man, does Scott Adams love this.
  • A rare unfunny example that's nonetheless good: An arc in The Sandman spin-off The Dreaming was about the loneliness of Matthew the Raven, titled "The Unkindness of One". (According to Victorian animal-group naming, a flock of ravens is called an unkindness, and he is the only raven in the Dreaming.)
  • Death from The Sandman made a Lawyer-Friendly Cameo during Peter David's run on Incredible Hulk. She visited Marlo Chandler's wedding and gave her a brush as a wedding present. Marlo had recently died and come back to life. Get it? She had a brush with death.
  • In one issue of Top 10, a bunch of stretchy heroes gawk at a teleporting accident as they drive by. Yes those Rubber Men are rubbernecking.
  • Usually, the first word out of an infant's mouth is "Mama" or "Dada/Papa". In Archie Comics, what is the first word uttered by scientific genius Dilton? Pythagoras, the father of geometry.
    • Moose, a Literal-Minded individual, provides lots of these. In one story, he was selected as an election candidate. When he appears at the pre-meeting, Mr. Weatherbee asks Moose why he was wearing a track outfit, Moose replies that it's because people are telling him that he should "run for office". In another, Dilton's advice to Moose is that he should put his money in the bank to make it grow. Moose decides to grow the money himself, and instead goes home, puts the money in a flowerpot and begins to water it. note 
  • In Alan Moore's Cthulhu Mythos/porn comic Neonomicon, wherein there's a literary allusion to the works of HP Lovecraft on practically every page, drug dealer/avatar of Nyarlathotep/screaming queen Johnny Carcosa shows up dressed up like Edward Elric. This seems like kind of a random thing to reference, until you remember that one of Lovecraft's short stories was titled The Alchemist.
    • Also, the last issue contains the line, in reference to a book of baby names, "A book of new names, not dead ones." This is a pun on the etymology of the Necronomicon (usually translated within the Mythos as "book of dead names") and the title of the series itself.
  • The waste disposal robot in The Smurfs story "You Don't Smurf Progress" would eat garbage and turn them into bricks that he would expel from his rear hatch. In essence, he was shitting bricks.
  • Swedish children's comic Bamse has an anthropomorphic wolf named Virginia. Note that you'd have to jump languages to make it work too.
  • In Earth 2, this world's Lois Lane was killed in the backstory to create drama for Superman. When Tom Taylor took over as writer, he established that the Red Tornado was Lois, Back from the Dead. In Lois/Tornado's first appearance in Taylor's run, she's stepping out of a refrigeration unit. She's no longer Stuffed In The Fridge.
  • In the 7th issue of Loki: Agent of Asgard the mischief god gets released from Doctor Doom's trap by Verity (Willis). So we could say that Truth set him free.