Dec 18, 2012

Comics' Biggest Boners: "Hindi Porno"

Welcome to another edition of Comics' Biggest Boners, in which we showcase some of the biggest goofs and gaffes in comics! Click here for the archive!

And now, your host, 1950s Joker!


This one isn't really a big boner so much as it, like 1950s Joker up there, just takes on a different meaning for a different audience. With 1950s Joker, it's a lingual shift across time and "boner" takes on a different meaning, and with this one, it's a shift through geography.

I have this book, The Essential Guide to World Comics, by Tim Pilcher and Brad Brooks.

Kenkoy on the same cover as Captain Marvel.
Pretty cool, pretty cool.

It's as comprehensive as a 320-page book could be about comics around the world, and they have a section on Filipino komiks. They show this cover to King Komiks #150.



On the next page, they write this caption about it.

"Despite the image and the heading 'Hindi Porn', Kingwas described on the cover by the publishers, Atlas,
as 'Wholesome Family Reading Material.'"

Apparently, Pilcher and Brooks thought the little blurb on the left was paradoxical, with the comic being advertised as wholesome and family-friendly while at the same time promising some porn, presumably of the Hindi variety. There's your problem when you use Taglish (a mixture of Tagalog and English), I guess—people just assume if most of the words are in English, then if anything else looks like it's in English, it must be English.So that's awkward, 'cause, you see, my non-Tagalog-speaking friends, "hindi" means "no" or "not." It specifically is saying that there is no pornography in the comic.

Of course, why they felt the need to specify that is a question I myself would like answered!

I just realized I wrote a whole article with the words "boners" and "porno." I wonder if this will hurt my family friendliness on Google.

2 comments:

Noel said...

Just basing on the cover but... was King a horror comic? I remember a lot of the horror komiks had a lot of "adult" content as well, at least in the 80's and early 90's so maybe they felt they had to stress that part out. :-)

Martin Cruz said...

No, it won't hurt your Google perception. You've still got comics up there, anyway. But look forward to more traffic from fettishists.

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