Earlier this week, comic retailers were notified that all copies of All Star Batman And Robin that they receive in this week's shipments were to be destroyed instead of placed on sale. No futher explanation was forthcoming - until someone got a hold of a copy, and discovered that a problem with self-censorship had accidentally created a comic too dirty to be sold. But just how dirty can a Batman comic be?

Comic Book Resources' Rich Johnston explained the problem with the latest issue of Sin City creator Frank Miller's controversial Batman series:

Certain examples of obscene language in the book were, as has happened in the title before, blacked out, sometimes with little bits of the letters sticking out to give a clue as to what they may have been.

Except in the printing process, the lettering was of a richer black that the bars, rendering the blacking out pointless.


He also provided examples of the dialogue that was suddenly legible, including this from the teenaged Batgirl:

Text every friend you've got, shitheads— Sell your poison somewhere else. This arcade belongs to the fucking Batgirl.


(For fans of the "c" word, don't worry; that makes appearances as well.)

It's hard to work out what the biggest surprise is in this situation: That they actually put in all those words in the first place as opposed to some placeholders, or that the faulty comics somehow passed the quality control in DC and made it all the way to stores before someone noticed what had gone wrong? The real question now, of course, isn't either of those, but how expensive these defective copies will end up on eBay.


Wash Your Mouth Out With Batsoap [Comic Book Resources]