5/22/12

Comic Books #42: Wha-?


What else are you going to say when someone presents you with The Giant Zombie of Zaku?  I can think of a few choice words that wouldn't have been appropriate for a 1950s comic book. Let's face it, when you're censored, "Wha-?" sounds a helluva lot better than 'G-Good Greef!" C'mon man, a freaking humongous zombie is about to straight up murder your ass, and you're sounding like Charlie Brown!

Not so long ago, I published a post on the repeated use of "AIEEE!" in comic books.  Well, this another trope that just can't be overlooked - and one that has largely gone by the wayside, but nevertheless deserves a mention.

You can catch Hubert J. Farnsworth on Futurama utter this once ubiquitous vocalization of confusion and surprise.  Perhaps it could be considered the great-granddaddy of "WTF?" My personal favorite is the blubbering idiot version that you'd sometimes find in movies and TV: "Wh-wh-wh-wh-what?" - but rarely found in the pages of a comic book.

So, let's check a few examples of "Wha- from some old school comics. Enjoy!



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 The Grim Reaper said "too" where he should've said "to".Wha-?

9 comments:

  1. Fun article. :) Depending on the situation, I think "..." would be good for some panels too. Haha.

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  2. I love in the old E.C. comics when someone would go insane, and they'd start going, "Eh...eh...eh..." and occasionally, they'd go, "CHOKE!" - The best, though, is when they'd do both, as in "Eh...eh...eh...CHOKE!"

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  3. I love that the guy's reaction to getting branded is 'Wha-'!

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  4. These p-p-panels also illustrate another s-s-s-s-trange comic book t-t-t-t-tradition: People always st-st-st-stutter when they're s-s-s-cared.

    Real people don't stutter when afraid. They're either too scared to talk at all, or they talk normally.

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  5. Two "Great Scotts" and one "Great Cats".

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    1. No "Great Horny Toads"?

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  6. AnonymousMay 28, 2012

    Wha...! Has been replaced for the last 20 years or so by the phrase "What the...!" I suppose that's as far as it will go unless standards for comics take a drastic change. My favorite here is the guys response to being tossed off a cliff. Yes, wha... indeed.

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  7. AnonymousMay 29, 2012

    I use "AIEEE" in written posts. Kind of hard to work it into daily conversation, though.

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