By Larry Todd
Whacky inventors in cartoons, like Professor Potter and document Static, are extra frequently 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 phase on Alvin's exhibit. Dr. Atomic, a Seventies personality from "underground" comedian books, is a type of protagonists.
Dr. Atomic (first identify Otto) used to be created through cartoonist Larry Todd, whose different paintings in comix contains stories of the Armorkins. He first seemed in a number of the temporary underground newspapers of the early Seventies, the place his first activity was once to construct his robotic assistant. Dr. Atomic no 1, released in 1972 by way 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 plenty older than such a lot of his 20-something readers. (Another clue was once 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 part. Billy and Dr. Atomic had one drug-addled sci-fi experience after one other, for 6 matters. The final got here out in 1981.
There have been additionally T-shirts and suchlike — no lunch containers or Underoos, in fact, yet one spun-off product was once completely particular. Dr. Atomic's Marijuana Multiplier, which was once released in 1974, supplied directions for a chemical approach that allegedly greater affordable, low-quality pot. The chemical compounds are stated through others to were particularly harmful if dealt with via non-professionals. still, humans obtained a superb 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 offered with a disclaimer that it's in basic terms an ancient artifact, and it isn't suggested that any one really stick to the instructions, and besides, today's pot doesn't want it. yet it's nonetheless on hand, and the previous comedian books aren't.