Denver Comic Con
June 30 - July 2, 2017
Welcome to Chapter 4, in which the Specialists will finally see some real action! We have a few things to address first, like this revelation from Agnes, but we’ll get there very soon, I promise!
Speaking of Agnes’ little bombshell, this may add a new perspective to a few earlier scenes. I realize some of you already figured this out, which is cool. It shows you’re paying attention!
All things considered, not surprising that she would take up smoking.
Well, in the 40s, LOTS of people smoked. The health risks hadn’t been identified, and there were no anti-smoking campaigns like there are today (except in Germany, because Hitler really hated smoking).
In fact, there were cigarette commercials done by doctors!!
Yep! And everyone was constantly smoking in movies and on TV. Over the years, smoking has been stigmatized, but at the time, it was much more accepted.
Yeah. There were cigarette commercials everywhere. Everyone enjoyed the delicious taste of a Chesterfield.
No. Really. I don’t smoke. But if you go back and look at some of the old ads…
Hitler, saved the German economy, fought for what he believed in and was anti-cigarette before it was cool. Really, he’s just a Super-Hipster or something.
The real reason was that Germany had to import all their tobacco. Wrong climate you know.
At least since the 1920’s it was known that there was a relation between breathing problems and chronic long term smoking.
Known to scientists, or known to the average person? It’s not like they could look it up on the internet, and there was no surgeon general’s warning. All the average person had to go on was doctors recommending cigarettes in ads, ads that claimed smoking actually made you healthier, cured or treated various ailments, etc. Many people had very little education to begin with, they had no reason to doubt “experts”. Even today, you can see all the quasi-medical quackery that people subscribe to touted by “experts” on TV shows and infomercials, diet-pill fads, etc. We ought to know better now, our grandparents didn’t have that option.
Actually, the American medical community became aware of the dangers of smoking in the late 1930s – not coincidentally, twenty years after soldiers of the First World War started taking up the habit (Big Tobacco convinced the War Department to include cigarettes in doughboy’s field kits as a “moral booster”).
Prior to that time, lung cancer was extremely rare – a doctor might see one case in his/her entire career. Suddenly, cases were springing up right and left, especially among veterans who smoked.
It didn’t take the medical community long to connect the dots – but they were up against powerful corporate interests and there was a lot of pressure to keep quiet…
Some things never change. (*sigh*)
It’s an anti-depressant.
I will now pass around tinfoil hats.
I never got that. If anything, the foil would CONDUCT any sort of signal, not block it.
Don’t be silly, everyone knows that Zorgon-7 radiation can’t penetrate foil. It’s not like they’re using r4adio waves, that would just be crazy.
So, is she actually flying, or is she just meditating and it feels like shes flying?
She can really fly, using her telekinesis. Now that I think about it, I believe we’ve only shown her doing so in one panel, way back when she was introduced.
I like the casualness in which this revelation is revealed.
Thanks! I thought it would be cool to underplay it.
I realize she is probably talking to someone in the next page, but is it just me or do I hear a fourth wall cracking somewhere?
It may just be you, Shogun. But we’ll find out soon enough. Maybe not next page, but soon.
My first thought was that she’s talking to a therapist, although on reflection, that seems rather anachronistic.
Damnit, she can hear us…
Aha! Now the question is, whether she read Hartmann’s mind and realizes he’s a good guy, or the general’s mind and knew how much he wanted this to go smoothly.
That’s a good question!
Or know that Speedy is ratting them out to the sleazy reporter behind their backs?
Or that Kate & Walter are in a relationship? Or that Max is inside the robot because it can’t walk on its own? Or that Agnes and the General are having an affair. Oh, wait, she knows that one already, never mind.
Or how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.
As I recall, Wise Owl determined that it was three.
Now, If I can remember a commercial from 40 years ago, why can’t I remember where I left my keys?
The way she reacted to Hartman” s appearance made me shortly think ‘Okay, and we have another beauty and the – verschnitt’. However she might have also seen what kind of demons are haunting Hartman.
Ah to be able to fly like that. What a wonderful power.
Yep, flight is probably the superpower I’d most like to have, after the ability to lose weight without working out or dieting.
I’m going to go with “immortality” as my first choice. I can wait for all the other superpowers to be available through technology. I’ve got the time.
That seems like a loophole…
Yes. Yes it does. And one which I shall exploit shamelessly. I shall defeat every supervillain I face by merely waiting 100 years or so and then declaring myself the victor (unless my opponent has the same superpower, in which case I suppose it will be a stalemate)
I always thought a lot of super powers might be limited by the ability of the body to produce energy for them. Use them too much, and you waste away even on a 10,000-calorie-a-day diet.
A lot of people would consider that a “feature” rather than a “bug”.
Which is why Superman is solar powered I suppose.
I hope to god when they get to germany there won’t be a invincible style slaughterfest also we whant more ?
Mark will probably turn up before too long.
‘and let slip the dogs of war!’
Always thought that was from Henry V, but turns out it’s from Julius Caesar.
3 out of 5 doctors smoke Laramie’s “blow some my way”
Hello obvious spy! Spying all the time.
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