Comics have always had a tough time shedding their images as "kid's stuff". We'll never understand it, but some people find it very easy to dismiss them as disposable, little books to shove in front of your child's face when you're looking for fifteen minutes of peace and quiet. In an effort to appeal to more mature readers and be taken seriously as a storytelling medium, comics began to include more adult themes and complex ideas. In fact, most mainstream comics today are aimed at adults and older teens, with safer spin-offs written specifically for children.
However, even when they're working for adults, writers and artists can sometimes take things too far. Although everyone always enjoys seeing their favourite heroes and villains get involved in all new, all different adventures and storylines, there are some things that nobody wants to see anyone doing. Inside or outside comic books, there are certain areas where even the most morbidly curious fans draw the line.
Whether it's sexual misconduct, outdated values, or just good ol' fashioned racism, the following storylines are not just inappropriate for children, they're inappropriate for reading in general.
Jimmy Kavanagh is an Irish comics enthusiast and co-founder of Club Valentine Comedy, a Dublin-based comedy collective. You can hear him talk to his favourite comedians about their favourite comics on his podcast, Comics Swapping Comics (available on all good podcast platforms).