To capture the excitement and dynamism of the 2D drawings that appear in sequence on the page, writers must imbue their action with real world sounds. There is a fine line between capturing the perfect onomatopoeia and making a tit of themselves.
Just The Facts
- Comic book sound effects introduced all right-thinking people to onomatopoeias way before their class mates.
- They have long been a staple of comics, and as such there is a certain amount of affection for them.
- A Cracked reader is expected to reproduce at least one third of the sounds in the chart above with their voice.
- A machine gun makes the sound "ratatat" and not "urh-urh-urh-urh-urh."