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Mockingbird #4 and #5: Medical Annotations

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 04:56:02 +0000

Finishing up my medical review of the first storyline from Mockingbird. The review of issue one can be found here, and the review of issues two and three is located here. Mockingbird #4 Chelsea Cain, writer Kate Niemczyk, artist Number of times we’re reminded Bobbi is a scientist: 0 (though she uses a lot of big words this [...]

Monday PSA: Life Expectancy

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 10:40:14 +0000

The average life expectancy in the United States was 75.6 years in 1992, when the comic I scanned this in from was published. Today*, the average United States life expectancy has risen to 78.7 years. So, great job guys**! Keep up the good work! (But think how much better it [...]

A New Disease Threat

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 11:45:12 +0000

When new and emerging diseases are discussed, most people think along the lines of Zika, or Ebola, or West Nile Virus, but not Grandin Gender Reversal Germs. Well, now you know better than everyone else. Image from Legion of Substitute-Heroes Special #1, starring perennial favorite Infectious Lass Tags: comics medicine disease infectious lass legion of substitute [...]

Diet Pills?

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 12:15:00 +0000

Rupert Thorne gets no love. Tags: comics medicine diet pills rupert thorne batman

Monday PSA: High Ratings

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 12:44:03 +0000

This PSA was well-made — even if it didn’t scan well (sorry) — full of good information, and starred a well recognized, popular celebrity. Undiagnosed high blood pressure is common, particularly in the African-American community, and can cause significant damage before the onset of any obvious symptoms — this is why it is [...]

Your Weekend Moment of Psychic Nosebleed Zen: Harbinger

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 20:06:45 +0000

Telepath Peter Stanchek uses some punitive mind reading when he starts to suspect — correctly — that something is amiss at the Harbinger Foundation. All previous Psychic Nosebleed Zen posts. Tags: comics medicine nosebleed harbinger psychic

The Hidden Dangers of Being of Comic-Book Doctor

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 02:13:47 +0000

Mockingbird #2 and #3: Medical Annotations

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 04:57:26 +0000

Continuing my medical annotations of the first story arc of Mockingbird. Part one can be found here. Mockingbird #2 Chelsea Cain, writer Kate Niemczyk, artist Number of times we’re reminded Bobbi is a scientist: 0 Not much medicine in the second issue, so I’m just going to look at what SHIELD Medical considers “high risk” exposures: The Super Soldier Serum is the [...]

Mockingbird #1: Medical Annotations

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 11:26:33 +0000

I hope everyone has been reading Mockingbird, which recently finished its first storyline. It’s a fun comic featuring an enjoyable character, good writing, and great art. Since much of the first story takes place in a SHIELD medical clinic — and since Bobbi keeps reminding us she has a doctorate in biology — I [...]

Monday PSA: The Words We Live By!

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 12:17:29 +0000

Click on the image for the full ad It’s an election year here in the United States, so I’ve scrounged up a nicely topical public service ad today. Enjoy! This PSA was found in Justice League Quarterly #7, from the summer of 1992. Here are some more politically-themed PSAs for you enjoyment: Your Role in the Cold War [...]