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November 05, 2007

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Lisa

I love how "english" isn't capitalized.

Mark Engblom

Right...while all of the choices three questions before that one are ALL capitalized! (Space Flights, Pollution, City Problems, etc.)

Hube

Man, this is yet another classic and what makes this my fave comics blog. How sad was it, though, that "Black People" was actually a choice 37 years ago for something you'd like to see in comics? Yeesh. It sure is a good thing we wince at stuff like that these days, and that a comic co. wouldn't come even close to considering such a question like that today. And that's not out of PC, but that it would be patently absurd as blacks are -- finally -- considered as much a part of American society as anyone else.

Shar

This was hilarious, thanks for digging up this stuff! I'm surprised they didn't use Green Arrow instead of the Flash.

In terms of where you could buy comics back then, my friends and I always called the stores "candy stores", though I'm not sure that's the correct term. These places sold candy (of course), comics, magazines like Life, and there was usually a luncheonette counter complete with fountain sodas, egg creams, etc.

Ivan Wolfe

I remember learning the speed of light from Flash comics.

Mark Engblom

"Man, this is yet another classic and what makes this my fave comics blog."

Wow...thanks, Hube. Considering your blog is one of my favorite political/pop cultural blogs, that's high praise indeed!

"How sad was it, though, that "Black People" was actually a choice 37 years ago for something you'd like to see in comics? Yeesh."

Well, at the time, I think the Establishment was trying their best to do the right thing, despite the clumsy presentation or phrasing. Sadly, though, there are still tons of people who wish to reduce us to our most simple components of humanity (skin color, ethnicity, etc) rather than the content of our character.

Mark Engblom

"This was hilarious, thanks for digging up this stuff! I'm surprised they didn't use Green Arrow instead of the Flash."

Thanks, Shar...there's so many great little things like this sprinkled throughout older comics, I'm happy to share them with all of you.

Good point on the Green Arrow. At the time, Ollie was definitely the appointed "Cool Guy" of the DC pantheon of characters...so it's a mystery why Flash would be chosen to be Mr. Groovy (which nobody familiar with the character would ever accuse him of being).

Mark Engblom

"I remember learning the speed of light from Flash comics."

Seriously, I think I retained more information from the "Flash Facts" feature than I did with anything I learned in Elementary School! It must have something to do with the format and the context in which the information was presented (a fun comic book I voluntarily read vs. a dull classroom I was forced to attend).

Hube

Mark: I actually won a spelling bee in 6th grade thanks to reading 60s-70s Marvel comics. In the finale between me and another kid, the word was "grotesque." The night before I had read HULK #197 (if memory serves) where the Jade Giant battled the "Macabre" Man-Thing and the "Grotesque" Glob. Not knowing how the Glob's adjective was pronounced at the time, I consulted a nearby dictionary! And wouldn't 'ya know it ...!

Not only was my opponent flummoxed that I knew the spelling, but I think my teacher was, too!

Thanks, Marvel! :-)

(Oh yeah, my personal favorite Marvel villain put-down is "microcephalic dolt.")

Ivan Wolfe

As Mark Evanier once said (this is probably badly paraphrased): you can always tell which elementary school kids read comics, because they have the biggest vocabulary. What other first grader is going to know the meanings of invincible, invulnerable, and grotesque?

jakubkurtzberg

Maybe someone can help me with the follwing. This is a German reprint of a FLASH FACTS page. If anyone recognizes ist and could name me the source, it would be great. Thanks a lot http://mitglied.lycos.de/Zzutak/HCZusatz/HC002.Z02.jpg

imagogami

Man, I wish we could read more about black people in today's comics.

rhys

Groovy! Dig!! thanks batman i will "do my thing!" and mail my details to you

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