In his 1953 book Seduction of the Innocent, Dr. Frederic Wertham famously assailed the comic book industry for how it created different kinds of maladjustment in young minds. The following year, the Comics Code Authority was created to police the industry, censoring any references to sex, drugs, excessive levels of violence, the occult, etc. And yet these 20 comic book panels the bulk of them selected from comics that were published in the 1950s and ’60s when the Comic Code Authority was at its strictest demonstrate that even a sanitized, well-regulated comic book industry could still have its fair share of lewd and crude moments, filled with boners, indecent exposures and propositions for trysts in the Batcave when read in certain contexts, of course.
In reality, while some of these images might have been the work of some clever, smart-alecky comic book creator that wanted to subversively work in a dash of innuendo into the latest issue of Batman, Superman or Archie, the hilarity of these panels is inadvertent a happy accident for those of us whose mind goes directly into the gutter whenever a comic book character talks about getting hard or having a strange sensation. So here are 25 unintentionally funny comic book panels in all of their out-of-context glory.