Adventure Comics #420, June 1972

…Or are you just pleased to see me?

I dunno, perhaps it’s just me and my filthy mind (warped, perhaps), but is that not the biggest phallus you’ve ever seen on a comic book cover? C’mon, it’s even leaving a trail of white stuff in its wake..!

As this “cannon” doesn’t even appear inside, I think it’s safe to suggest that artist Bob Oksner was having a bit of a laugh. And he got away with it. Back in the 1950s, psychologist Frederic Wertham spent an inordinate amount of time trying to convince parents that comics ought to be banned for featuring “dirty pictures” hidden within panels and on covers — pictures that would be revealed to those “who knew how to look…”

Well, y’know, It seems that the practice was still alive in the 1970s.

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