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Comics

The Adventures of Soberman

The Virginia Highway Safety Department published the Soberman comic book in 1979 as a way to encourage teenagers not to drink and drive. Copies of the comic were distributed to 70,000 driver education students.





As far as I can tell, the Soberman comic was a one-time publication. But in 2013 Soberman made an appearance in the flesh. He visited bars in Arlington, Virginia to spread his message of being responsible and having a designated driver when drinking.

Posted By: Alex - Tue Jun 29, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Comics

Captain Sticky

By the age of 28, Richard Pesta had become independently wealthy thanks to a lucrative fiberglass and foam business. So he decided to fulfill his dream of being a superhero, and in 1973 he turned himself into Captain Sticky, "Supreme Commander in Chief of the World Organization Against Evil". The name referred to his fondness for peanut butter.

He drove around Orange County in his Stickymobile looking for crime, outfitted with a peanut butter gun and "peanut butter grenades" made of peanut butter, vinegar and alka seltzer.

He also became a fixture at San Diego Comic Con, and was constantly trying to get Marvel to make a comic book about him, but this never happened.

Apparently his superhero act wasn't entirely just a way to get attention. He used his influence to advocate for various causes such as improving nursing homes and preventing rental-car ripoffs.

He died in 2003 at the age of 57.

More info: Heroes in the Night, News From Me, Real Life Superheroes Archive

Captain Sticky with Stan Lee at San Diego Comic Con, 1975



The video below is in German, but it has some good footage of Captain Sticky in action.

Posted By: Alex - Tue May 25, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Comics, 1970s, Courage, Bravery, Heroism and Valor

Follies of the Madmen #500

I suppose I should have come up with something super-special for the 500th installment of this series, but this will have to suffice!



Sure, kill the talking lion and then...style his mane?

Posted By: Paul - Wed Feb 17, 2021 - Comments (1)
Category: Animals, Business, Advertising, Death, Comics, 1950s, Hair and Hairstyling

Buster Makes Room for His Mama at the Bargain Counter

Actually, it's Tige who deserves all the credit.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Feb 13, 2021 - Comments (0)
Category: Movies, Shopping, Comics, Children, Dogs, 1900s

Cartoons by Moebius



The artwork of French cartoonist Moebius was eternally weird. Here are some animations of his stuff.

Playlist of all 14 here.

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jan 02, 2021 - Comments (2)
Category: Comics, Cartoons, Europe

Nobody Loves the Hulk

Posted By: Paul - Sun Nov 22, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Music, Comics, Homages, Pastiches, Tributes and Borrowings, 1960s

I Go Pogo

Your election alternative.

Posted By: Paul - Thu Oct 29, 2020 - Comments (0)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Humor, Satire, Politics, Comics, 1980s

Happy Fourth of July 2020!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jul 04, 2020 - Comments (3)
Category: Anthropomorphism, Holidays, Comics

Workout with She Hulk

I don't know about you, but I'm inspired!

Posted By: Paul - Sat Jun 06, 2020 - Comments (5)
Category: Comics, Bodybuilding

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