By Larry Todd
Whacky inventors in cartoons, like Professor Potter and document Static, are extra usually assisting characters (to Superman and Mickey Mouse, respectively) than protagonists. yet there's …
… the occasional O.G. Wotasnozzle (who had his personal tales within the again pages of Popeye's comedian booklet) or Clyde Crashcup (who starred in a again section on Alvin's convey. Dr. Atomic, a Nineteen Seventies personality from "underground" comedian books, is a kind of protagonists.
Dr. Atomic (first identify Otto) was once created through cartoonist Larry Todd, whose different paintings in comix contains stories of the Armorkins. He first seemed in a number of the brief underground newspapers of the early Nineteen Seventies, the place his first activity was once to construct his robotic assistant. Dr. Atomic number 1, released in 1972 by means of final Gasp Eco-Funnies (Mickey Rat, Cherry Poptart), reprinted these newspaper episodes, and extra a few new adventures.
The character's back-story integrated having been a lieutenant within the Luftwaffe in 1941, which might make him a lot older than so much of his 20-something readers. (Another clue used to be his bald head and thick, white beard.) nonetheless, he had extra in universal with Billy Kropotkin, the dope-smoking hippie round the corner, than with Hank the seriously armed redneck, round the corner at the different aspect. Billy and Dr. Atomic had one drug-addled sci-fi event after one other, for 6 concerns. The final got here out in 1981.
There have been additionally T-shirts and suchlike — no lunch packing containers or Underoos, in fact, yet one spun-off product used to be totally detailed. Dr. Atomic's Marijuana Multiplier, which was once released in 1974, supplied directions for a chemical strategy that allegedly greater affordable, low-quality pot. The chemical substances are stated by way of others to were particularly risky if dealt with via non-professionals. still, humans acquired an outstanding many copies, and it's nonetheless in print.
These days, Dr. Atomic's Marijuana Multiplier is outlined on far better paper than the newsprint of the 1st variation. additionally, it's bought with a disclaimer that it's simply an historical artifact, and it's not suggested that any one truly persist with the instructions, and besides, today's pot doesn't want it. yet it's nonetheless on hand, and the previous comedian books aren't.
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