The sensational pages of Comic books are often associated with ultra-violence, unrealistically stacked bods, and fantastic situations. All of this is expected from the superhero genre. However, there are occasions when a comic book finds itself straying into territories which are scandalously to the extent of being unacceptable. When this happens, publishers makes mad scramble to recall and destroy as many evidences and issues that are in circulation. Still, as they are already out there this always proves to be a futile exercise as a few always escape the culling process and into collectors’ hands. This list is comprised of comics that were recalled for scandalous reasons. Check your collection if you are a collector, you just might be in possession of some of them.
1. Elektra #3 (2001)
Personally, I consider Elektra to be one of Marvel’s most boring characters. Her timeline shows us that she’s died and been resurrected but to what end? She’s still boring as ever and she continues to make any comic in which she appears a medically prescribable sedative.
Attempts have been made by artist Chuck Austen to make Elektra a little more interesting. How? He drew her nude in a few panels of her own miniseries. The comic was published under the label of Marvel’s mature Marvel Knights imprint. The nudes were marginally-interesting to be fair. Even though, they were obscured by shadows and word bubbles, the issue was recalled and destroyed. As if they felt the need to sanitize the issue’s provocative panels, Marvel went back in and had a few tiny lines of underpants drawn on.
2. All-Star Batman & Robin, The Boy Wonder #10 (2008)
Frank Miller’s All-Star Batman was noted for its violence and profanity. However, none were as noteworthy as the #10 issue which had to be censored for its overuse of what was considered unnecessary profanity. In it, the comic’s moronic heroes drop F-word in every other sentence. Then this disaster happened: a printing error with issue #10 led to the profane words, which were supposed to be obscured by black marks, being still visible to readers. It is said that Miller secretly delighted in DC’s embarrassing mistake. The issue was recalled and reprinted with less offensive content.