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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 The_Jokes_On_You
@KasadyCarnage:
Bahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha 
 
 
I love you......
Posted by The_Jokes_On_You
@Deadcool said:
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0_0 oh my.....
Posted by N7_Normandy

interesting................

Posted by Metatron_Da_Don
@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... =]  "




 
Could.not.resist.
Posted by Illyana Rasputin
Posted by Jonny_Rogers

I can safely say I wasn't expecting to see that today....

Posted by EatinTheScreen

I don't even...what?

Posted by Theworldbreaker

There are many more boners.
Stung by his boner 
"Batman will make the boner of the year  " 
How can he force you into a boner? " 

"I'm worried about the boner he's preparing for you."  
"Batman's greatest boner!"     these all made me rofle.

Posted by MrMiracle77

It is my firm belief that within 47 years the entirety of the English language will be one collective double-entendre.

Posted by zoist

" I'm worried about the boner he's preparing for you."  HAHA!

Posted by Journey Into Chaos

Is it just me or is anyone's else mind in the gutter? 

Posted by Beast_in_the_Shadows
@Illyana Rasputin said:
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"...  Wow...
Posted by Eyz

I love having a look back at o^l' English Language texts :P
Always fun^^

Posted by NightFang

LMAO!!!!

Posted by Bigheart711

O_O

Posted by Ryonslaught

dwl
ah the beauty of a changing English language :)
lol

Posted by BKole

So, Superdickery then?

Posted by N7_Normandy
@Ryonslaught said:
" dwl ah the beauty of a changing English language :) lol "
Posted by TimDrakeRedRobin
@Illyana Rasputin said:
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OH MY GOD...That is Outstanding... =]
Posted by Team_Eamonn

Don't you just hate it when someone laughs at your boner.

Posted by Primmaster64

HAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA

Posted by JOKERCATEXE
@Team_Eamonn said:
" Don't you just hate it when someone laughs at your boner. "

Maybe if he would stop pulling it?


Posted by ComaCalm

High pitched giggles ensued when reading this. I've now posted it on FaceBook...  
I wonder what words commonly used in today's comics will sound dirty in 50-60 years?
Posted by darksoul7th

Im scared! XD!

Posted by Primmaster64

lol

Posted by KenTheProfile

the strangeness of words. words mean things in one time and something in another.  
even diffrent places. 
 
The best example is Fanny. Here in the US a term for butt. but in  england  it's a word beging with c that people call woman the hate.
Posted by tobiasPUNK
@theMockingNoob:  it was mentioned in the article:

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."
Posted by Omarpool

 "I'm worried about the boner he's preparing for you."
 
This one was my favorite..

Posted by Primmaster64

LOL

Posted by Migz13

LOL.

I kinda hate what happened to the English vocabulary, now that were looking back at these things and seeing double. It kinda messes things up for what the old things are originally meant for.
Posted by IceCreamMikey

interesting...

Posted by thesilverbeatle
@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?"
"so... how can someone force you to have a boner?" XD
Edited by Transformers1024

@g_man: I think this may be the best arcticle in the CV archives! This literally made my week!

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