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Off My Mind: Joker Pulls a Boner

What is the story with the Joker's boner?



A couple weeks ago I tried clarifying the story behind the image of Batman saying "Quiet or Papa Spank!" If you've seen that, you've probably also seen the image above. I felt this panel also deserved an explanation. Once again, this really did happen. 
 
  When did this happen? It was in Batman #66 from 1951. That means the word "boner" had a completely different meaning than it does today. 
 
The story dealt with the Joker trying to commit a wacky crime. His plan was to rob the electric company by turning off the power. He had one of his henchmen pull the fuses for the building ten minutes after he enters. Taking an elevator up to the 24th floor, he begins his crime. Do you see where the "boner" is coming in? With the power out, there's no elevator. Going down the stairs, the Joker and his henchmen run into Batman and Robin. In order to make his escape, he has to leave his loot behind. The newspaper quickly declares that "Joker Pulls Boner of the Year." In other words, the Joker goofed up. Hence, the use of the word "boner."
 
That won't be the last we'll see of the word "boner" in this issue. 
 == TEASER == 
As the Clown Prince of Crime, the Joker is the one that usually makes the jokes. He vows to make the city regret ever mentioning the word "boner." By the time you finish reading this story, you will as well. 
 
 Joker then decides to take the "great boners of all time" (such as the Battleship Missouri getting stuck in mud, the Leaning Tower of Pisa, the Trojan Horse, etc) and turn them into crimes. Are there more boners in the story? Yes. There are many many more boners. The entire story is only twelve pages (there's two other stories in the issue). Throughout Joker's attempt to create boners whenever he can, we end up with lines such as: 
  • "It was quite a boner!" 
  • "Stung by his boner, Joker lashes back!" 
  • "Batman will make the boner of the year" 
  • "What does he mean, Bruce? How can he force you into a boner?" 
  • "I'm worried about the boner he's preparing for you." 
  • "Batman's greatest boner!" 
 
It might be funny seeing the word "boner" used over and over but after nearly forty times in twelve pages, it gets to be a bit much. There's just too many boners in this story. What have we learned today? The meaning of words have changed over the years and Joker really likes pulling boners

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Posted by ReverseNegative

LOLOLOLOLOL!

Posted by Decept-O

This was a hard article to read.  Pun intended.  Naturally.
Posted by Deadcool


Posted by SuperXAsh

look out! joker's gonna force you into a boner!!!! XD

Posted by Emerald Dragonfly

You idiots, Bruce Wayne is the greatest man ever, he really deserves to be respected more than any of you perverts, my heart feels pain when I understand what is happening to our world, and it's not you who I am worrying about. It's children, because they'll have to grow up in the society that such people as you all are. And those damned "told ya he was gay" and "lmao joker's boner lmao" of you freaks make me so incredibly angry because all you are able to is to watch naked women in internet and laugh on "jokes" about gays ans listen to marlyn manson, you would never save a child who is beaten by thugs, would never save a woman who is being hunted by maniac in alley, but you are happy to laugh on "boner" and on a true hero who Batman probably is. You would never think about what would WWII Veterans say about what you are doing and what you are talking about, they would've never believed that they were fighting for such a lusty misery as you all are even if they could've seen the future. 
 
If only I could shake Mr. Wayne's hand... But it's your dirty hand that I will never shake. 

Posted by G-Man
@Dracade102 said:
" "Stung By His Boner, Joker Lashes Back!" Now That CAN'T Be Real!!! "

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Posted by Skald

 "Stung by his boner, Joker lashes back!"     

This line made me lose it. That is so hilarious,
Posted by Dracade102
@KasadyCarnage said:
"Told ya he was gay, "


 
Edited by Crono

This article and comic are way too funny.   So funny that I had to sign up and say so.  I was compelled by this great boner!
 

@GothamRed

said:

" regardless of what it means, using those lines out of context must be a great conversation starter.  "Say have you heard the story about Batman's greatest boner?" "

Hahaha oh god I will have to try that!
Posted by Primmaster64
@Danial79 said:
" That is seriously hilarious! :D "
Posted by RiotBananas

Still think it should be called "Off My Mind: What's up with Joker's Boner"

Posted by the_fallen11

haha! boner.
Posted by Rhi

LOL! Poor Joker, back then he didn't have Harley to help him out. No wonder he was going on and on (and on and on) about his boners.

Posted by TheSheepHerder

This reminds me of the ballplayer Fred Merkle.
 
Yet, the last pic is awesome.

Posted by Mauvais

It is also worth mentioning, for clarification purposes, that the term "boner" was a shortened version of "bonehead" or, rather, in context, a "bonehead move". Hence, doing something in a boneheaded fashion resulted in its becoming a "boner". ...It is still pretty funny, though lol.

Posted by m0nk3y80y

Hehe... boner.

Posted by ShadowMercenary

i'm surprised they put the word "boner" in the comics back then. i saw that picture of joker saying that and i just kept laughing thinking something else he meant.
Posted by KumoriKunoichi

I laughed myself almost off of my bed. Hilarious

Posted by HellionVulcan

Maybe the joker wants something different from batman then will all think ....... Boner .

Posted by DH69

anyone who laughs is a communist...*snicker* boner hahahahaha....ah dammit!

Posted by Baconator
@ckal said:
"  "I'm worried about the boner he's preparing for you."  Lmao. "
LOL, yeah, I liked that one the best too. Oh man, this stuff's hilarious!
Posted by MrDirector786

Batman will make boner of the year lol

Posted by dan1509

OMG I Couldnt breathe for laughing :P

Posted by Bbqpotatochips

Haha.

Posted by Violet-Eyed Dragon

lol its funny how meaning can change :)

Posted by Psykhophear

This is like a Kevin Smith movie where prolific characters say the weirdest things, like something you least expect them to say. 

Posted by N7_Normandy

weird to think the definition of that word has changed so vastly

Posted by Amegashita

  "Batman's greatest boner!"  Must be why the women love Bruce so much.  =] 
 
  ...  Can't believe I just made that joke...

Posted by SneakyPenguins

If only Harley Quinn was around in 1951 Joker could have that boner taken care of

Edited by RiddlingGambit

Ah, Batman books were very odd in the 1950s... pretty much exclusively in that decade... nothing but (fun & silly, but stupid) nonsense. 

Posted by CATMANEXE

come one G-man, don't be so hard on the Joker...oops!

Edited by ngroove

Two Words: GROW UP. 
 
That joke, "context", ripping upon an outdated comic, is so old. 
 
Back  when, "boner" meant goofup, a "g-word" meant "happy", an "j-a word" meant, well, "jerk", but was much less publically uptight than it is today ( I recall I once read Harry Osborn casually say it in "Amazing Spider-Man" or so around the late 60s, or was it the early 70s?)   going even further, "a-word" meant "donkey", still is 1/10,000th of the time, the other "f-word meant "cigarettes", and so on, so on. 
 
Seriously, I don't crack up on Flinstones and their theme song " have a g- old time" because I understood, back then, the word, it was most public consciousness meant "happy" been that for decades.    
 
Just, grow up people. 
Edited by CATMANEXE
@ngroove: 
no offense, but your telling aging collectors of comics, action figures and cartoons to grow up, somewhat redundant?
  
P.S.= Wanna hear sum Helen Keller jokes? ;)
Edited by ngroove

@CATMANEXE:
Correction: anyone who cracks up to that former phrase of mistake, and twists it to sound immaturely perverted, pervert the comic in itself, today; grow up. 

 
 Chances are, more the young people, is cracking up to it, assuming it means what it means today, rather than those who read it once, and knows what it meant better.    
 
To those who is young, knows what it meant then, but still cracking up to it anyways, because it sounds like what it is today close enough; grow up.  Seriously.

Posted by sa5m
@NXH said:
" LULZ XD "
me to XD
Edited by CATMANEXE
@ngroove: 
get your baseballs out of my yard first sonny and i'll think about it.
and stop making that popping noise with your mouth. there's serious people
trying to talk about serious important matters here. seriously.
 
really though, your upset because people are *gasp* having fun...
with a word, and being pervs?
 
and? freedom of speech. plug your ears and close your eyes.
Posted by Emerald Dragonfly
@CATMANEXE: Exactly. Too much freedom today. And nobody to show such a free speakers as you all are where is their place and how to shut the mouth up.
Edited by Big

So, the Joker is going up on the erect building, and then, after one of his men cuts the electricity at the base, Joker has to go down on the building through the stairs.Then he runs into Batman and Robin and has to slip out the rear end of the building and leave his sac behind. Wow, that's a boner. :p

Posted by TimDrakeRedRobin
@Big said:
"So, the boner takes place when Joker is going up on the erect building, and then, after one of his men cuts the electricity at the base, Joker has to go down on the building through the stairs.Then he runs into Batman and Robin and has to slip out the rear end of the building and leave his sac behind. Wow, that's a boner. :p "

wow....that was great. you really have to keep an eye on the more subtle jokes in there xD
Posted by TimDrakeRedRobin
@ngroove said:
"Two Words: GROW UP.  That joke, "context", ripping upon an outdated comic, is so old.  Back  when, "boner" meant goofup, a "g-word" meant "happy", an "j-a word" meant, well, "jerk", but was much less publically uptight than it is today ( I recall I once read Harry Osborn casually say it in "Amazing Spider-Man" or so around the late 60s, or was it the early 70s?)   going even further, "a-word" meant "donkey", still is 1/10,000th of the time, the other "f-word meant "cigarettes", and so on, so on.  Seriously, I don't crack up on Flinstones and their theme song " have a g- old time" because I understood, back then, the word, it was most public consciousness meant "happy" been that for decades.     Just, grow up people.  "

Dont be such a buzz kill dude. if your too much of an adult for this topic then dont read it. Don't try and ruin everyones fun "mother teresa". so quit being a jack off and jerking around all the people who see this topic as nice gay fun. Telling others how to live life is one of the worst boners you can pull. So calm down and go smoke a fag, or if you don't smoke then picture something soothing like riding an ass accross the grand canyon while getting blown by the wind. 
 
P.S. ...all puns intended... =] 
Posted by Big
@TimDrakeRedRobin:
What, I was just trying to understand when the Joker pulled his boner. :D 
Posted by Gothic Storm

Just leave it up to the kids to make something out of nothing. I did get a chuckle though out of seeing this panel, but only because I knew the kids out there were posting this on their facebook walls. Yeah it's funny, but everyone should know the comics code authority would never have let them put anything remotely derogatory in the comic and then sell it to kids.
 
Ah how times have changed...

Posted by InnerVenom123
@TimDrakeRedRobin said:
" @ngroove said:
"Two Words: GROW UP.  That joke, "context", ripping upon an outdated comic, is so old.  Back  when, "boner" meant goofup, a "g-word" meant "happy", an "j-a word" meant, well, "jerk", but was much less publically uptight than it is today ( I recall I once read Harry Osborn casually say it in "Amazing Spider-Man" or so around the late 60s, or was it the early 70s?)   going even further, "a-word" meant "donkey", still is 1/10,000th of the time, the other "f-word meant "cigarettes", and so on, so on.  Seriously, I don't crack up on Flinstones and their theme song " have a g- old time" because I understood, back then, the word, it was most public consciousness meant "happy" been that for decades.     Just, grow up people.  "
Dont be such a buzz kill dude. if your too much of an adult for this topic then dont read it. Don't try and ruin everyones fun "mother teresa". so quit being a jack off and jerking around all the people who see this topic as nice gay fun. Telling others how to live life is one of the worst boners you can pull. So calm down and go smoke a fag, or if you don't smoke then picture something soothing like riding an ass accross the grand canyon while getting blown by the wind.  P.S. ...all puns intended... =]  "
LMFAO
Posted by Gothic Storm
@theMockingNoob:  It was mentioned in the article... G-Man states,  [[The newspaper quickly declares that "Joker Pulls Boner of the Year." In other words, the Joker goofed up. Hence, the use of the word "boner."]] 
 
You just have to read the WHOLE article sometimes. Trust me, I'm bad about skimming articles too sometimes. *whistles innocently*
Posted by Ston3face
@Big:  teehee!
Posted by Nerx

what a boner
            blunder

Posted by Michiel76

Well if we are talking about words you should not see in any comic today, who can remember this classic?
 

Posted by hushicho

 It's likely that in fact the word was used with full awareness of all meanings. The writers of comics were and are adults, and working in comics -- which are some of the least highbrow literature in existence -- never, ever separates anyone from the most prurient of vernacular. Since comic stories had to (and have to) go through several people's approval before being printed, this was probably a jolly time for them to see if they could get away with saying 'boner' as many times as could be plausibly packed into a single comic.
 
Comic writers and artists have a long history of these little inside jokes and gestures. Perhaps the best-known is Power Girl's breasts, which were gradually but noticeably enlarged in every subsequent issue she appeared after the first, to see if they could get away with making her bust as vast as possible and to see if anyone would notice. 

Posted by fedspaz

Reminds me of this... My son has gotten into reading the Hardy Boys' mysteries.  There are a lot of phrases and terms used in those books that we need to explain to him.  Mostly because they are really dated.  Usually gives me a chuckle though.

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