Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Handi-Capable Wednesday!

Taking a gander at All-Star Comics #27:

This issue gets props from me for devoting the theme of the issue to the value of disabled folks. Throughout this ish, we see the JSA assisted by kids who were crippled, blind, deaf, "spastic" (which I think was the non-PC term for someone who had cerebral palsy) and stuttered. I think that's pretty dang cool.

It also had this guy, who had a much different response to a Draft Notice than I would have had:

Um.... congratulations?

Sadly, as was often the case, the person who went to war was not entirely the same person who came back. But this caused him to see things in a different perspective, and he had a new calling:

And I'm almost totally on-board, but what is a "well-regulated" human being? I'm not sure I'm comfortable with this guy's mission statement.

Sure thing, Fancypants! Would a beef-and-cheese log combo from Hickory Farms work for ya? You're being just a little vague. And kind of a jerk.

One thing about schools in the 1940's:

Apparently, teachers had the power to expel you for not paying attention. It's a good thing that didn't cut it in the 70's or the 80's because I rarely paid attention and there were many teachers who would have been only too happy to have shown young Adam the door.

All in all, a fairly good issue with only a few bullet points of silliness. Since it deserves to be seen again today:

Although I would add "mentally handicapped" to that as well. Even a well-meaning project like this one tended to take the approach of "just because I'm physically limited, it doesn't mean I'm mentally ill. If that were the case, you'd be totally justified in treating me as a second-class human being."

And this is totally off-topic, but did you know you can become a Veterinary professional in your spare time without leaving your house?

Well, I only got to practice on dogs and cats during my training. To be more specific, my dog and cat. It was a rough time for Fluffy and Fido. God rest their souls.

Hee! That was awful.

See you tomorrow!


FoldedSoup said...

Old Drew Carey joke about training at home to be a veterinarian:

"Hey! Mailman's here!"

Yipe, yipe, yipe yipe....

D.B. Echo said...

Did that guy sustain any injuries when he ran into that tree?

Sea_of_Green said...

What's the date on ASC #27? I wonder if it was released following the then-very-popular movie, The Best Years of Our Lives, which featured a disabled (handless) veteran. It made stories about disabled veterans ALL the RAGE for a while.

SallyP said...

What on earth happened to Hawkman in that picture? He has no mouth1

Robert Gillis said...

The sentiments to help the physically challenged are wonderful and I agree, we must help Hawkman get a mouth.

My dad said when he was a kid (1940s-1950s) it was a huge source of pride to be in the army and if you were rejected for any reason (say, flat feet or eyesight) you would feel ashamed.

God bless the troops!

But please get Hawkman a mouth

Allergy said...

Must he scream?

Anonymous said...

Is it just me, or does Anthony look like Hitler?

E. Bernhard Warg