2/28/09

Public Service Comics: Health Issues

Here are some more PSCs, all around health topics. Click on any picture to see it in more detail.

"Hooked!" is an early anti-drug comic from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), US Department of Health, Education and Welfare and the US Government Printing Office 1966.
This lurid story is told by a Heroin junkie who's done it all, from Marihuana to Goofballs. His girlfriend no longer needs drugs -- she's dead! And this poor sap is still hooked. You can read the whole story online here.



"Operation Survival," is a Civil Defense (CD) comic from Graphic Information Service Inc, 1957.
Two kids get stuck in a flood, and then the boy, Jim, dreams the US is under attack. Li'l Abner only shows up on the cover, and I don't know if any of this was drawn by Al Capp.




"Spider-Man - Explores the Tragedy of Verbal Abuse of Children"
In association with National Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse (NCPCA), Marvel Comics, 1987 presents two stories of kids who get loads of verbal abuse unfairly heaped on them.
Then, Spider-Man unleashes his wrath, and a lengthy speech, against the Hobgoblin.
As the Hobgoblin says, "Spider-man, you are a real drag."




"Captain America Goes To War Against Drugs." Produced in Cooperation with The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
Marvel Comics, 1990. This is a truly weird story of aliens giving drugs to a high-school kid to undermine the human race.


"Death Talks About Life," from DC /Vertigo Comics, 1994. Surprisingly, written by Neil Gaiman and drawn by Dave McKean.
Starring the Death character from The Sandman. It's frank, but not too shocking.



"Ninja High School Talks About STD: Sexually Transmitted Diseases," from Antarctic Press, 1992, is a lot more graphic. Ichi is on her period, but that's nothing because Rich has Gonorrhea! Jeremy gets quite an education.
This comic is explicit, and written by an MD to combat misinformation from other PSA comics that only talk about "safe sex." By Ben Dunn and Dr. Joeming Dunn MD



"Microbes: Invisible Invaders Amazing Allies," copyright BBH Exhibits Inc, 1997, is a strange comic which I picked up at a science museum (OMSI? Exploratorium?).
It was "made possible by Phizer, Inc." I like Microbe-guy's pick up line: "Want to try my new time machine?" Unfortunately, it doesn't work.




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