What else are you going to say when someone presents you with The Giant Zombie of Zaku? I can think of a few choice words that wouldn't have been appropriate for a 1950s comic book. Let's face it, when you're censored, "Wha-?" sounds a helluva lot better than 'G-Good Greef!" C'mon man, a freaking humongous zombie is about to straight up murder your ass, and you're sounding like Charlie Brown!
Not so long ago, I published a post on the repeated use of "AIEEE!" in comic books. Well, this another trope that just can't be overlooked - and one that has largely gone by the wayside, but nevertheless deserves a mention.
You can catch Hubert J. Farnsworth on Futurama utter this once ubiquitous vocalization of confusion and surprise. Perhaps it could be considered the great-granddaddy of "WTF?" My personal favorite is the blubbering idiot version that you'd sometimes find in movies and TV: "Wh-wh-wh-wh-what?" - but rarely found in the pages of a comic book.
So, let's check a few examples of "Wha- from some old school comics. Enjoy!
The Grim Reaper said "too" where he should've said "to".Wha-?