We’ve been looking at how, increasingly, comic books have been turning to British obscenities to get past the moral arbiters over superhero story lines. While the X-Men movies can get away wit the F word and the Marvel Studios can go up to an S-word, that’s beyond the non-mature readers comics that Marvel mostly publishes.
So aside from the bugger, the bollocks and the wanker, what are the All-American solutions for Marvel today?
Today’s Power-Man And Iron Fist has a great get-out clause, using the cos-street language that Luke Cage used in his seventies comic book series, without making a single amend. Except you now know exactly what “fiddle-faddle” means. “Sweet Christmas” is still up for debate.
Uncanny Avengers used the same word, but hidden with the classic typewriter symbols. This has become more obvious as certain symbols represent vcertain letters, so $ stands in for S, # for H, ! for I, etc. Though not in this case.
Great Lakes Avengers goes for the comedy with words that sound like what they are meant to be but aren’t. Geddit?
While Solo #1 launches with some official secrets act modification. This can be the trickiest, when All-Star Batman tried this, using a different black ink on top of the original letters saw them still visible – and got editor Bob Shreck fired.
So be careful out there…
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