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DC EXPLODES ON TV - NUMBER 9 of TWELVE
Superman TV series: "Mystery in Wax"

This issue, "DC Explodes on TV," continues counting down covers of DC comic covers seen on television. Today it's a variety of covers seen in a newsstand on an episode of the Superman TV series titled "Mystery In Wax."

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A man sells comic books and newspapers on a busy Metropolis street...
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BELOW: The comics in close-up!
BELOW: In color!
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The comic books on the rack include Action #160, September 1962...
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What if someone in the Superman TV world
actually READ the story in this issue? It would be like a nightmare!

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And it gets worse! Another book seen on the rack is Superman #72 (previously seen in the episode where the crippled girl meets Superman). The issue's cover story opens with a very blatant announcement that Clark is Superman!
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The damage doesn't stop there. What about Batman and Robin, seen below, left, on the cover of World's Finest #54? They don't EXIST in TV Superman's world -- and it's a GOOD THING they don't! Because a panel from the issue (below, right) reveals their precious secret identities...
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Other comics seen on the newsstand...
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Batman #66: "Batman's Biggest Boner!"

The infamous Batman #66 cover-featured "The Joker's Comedy of Errors," aka "Batman's Biggest Boner!" Believe it or not, the cover of this cult classic was also seen in "Mystery In Wax.

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What if someone in TV Superman's world had read THIS comic? It probably would have lead to congressional hearings!
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Here it is -- the most infamous story in Batman history! Reader, keep in mind that "boner" used to mean "mistake," so every time you see the terms "boner" or "biggest boner," it means "biggest mistake." Supposedly. Below are some panels from the story, written by Bill Finger.
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The Joker's "Boner of the Year" ruins his own crime!
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Joker's boner makes headlines!
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He vows revenge...
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JOKER: "Gotham will rue the day it
mentioned the word BONER!"
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Joker plans BONER crimes...
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QUITE A BONER!
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Stung by his boner? OUCH!
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JOKER: "How do you like my boner crimes?"
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JOKER: "Batman will make the boner of the year!"
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ROBIN: "How can he force you into a boner?" Yikes!
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The Dynamic Duo monitor the situation! Joker threatens to force Batman into a boner,
so Batman consults massive library of porno, oops I mean boners.
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...and they outsmart the Joker!
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And so...
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Batman seems to have trouble in the sky...
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This leads to the most embarrassing headline of Batman's entire career...
"BATMAN'S GREATEST BONER!"
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...making Joker giddy!
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But Batman tricked the Joker!

He tells him, "You were so busy forcing me
into a boner you forgot you were committing one yourself!"
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THE MAYOR: "The city comitted the greatest boner of all!"
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Um, not exactly, Robin...
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Boner of the year?
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Batman's greatest boner!
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Boner of the year?
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Boner of the year?
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"So you see, Lois, that time when I said Lana Lang gave me
my GREATEST BONER, you totally misunderstood me!"
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Wink to the audience!
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DC House ad promoting Batman #66 and other DC titles!
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The original promo (below) used to create the DBB ad (above).
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