Getting the Comic Book Sound Effects Wrong

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

  1. Comic book sound effects introduced all right-thinking people to onomatopoeias way before their class mates.
  2. They have long been a staple of comics, and as such there is a certain amount of affection for them.
  3. A Cracked reader is expected to reproduce at least one third of the sounds in the chart above with their voice.
  4. A machine gun makes the sound "ratatat" and not "urh-urh-urh-urh-urh."