Historical Document of the Day

Kim Scarborough passes along this survey from an old Batman comic book:

Source: Detective Comics #403, September 1970.

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  • possibly a racist||

    Some of those categories include others.

    I keed! I keed!

  • Mike||

    A Batman movie about astrology would still be more interesting than the Schumacher directed ones.

  • MNG||

    You fool. They were ALL about astrology, if you dig deep enough.

  • PIRS||

    I liked Batman Begins and The Dark Knight. I must admit I never saw the ones that Schumacher directed in the 1990's.

  • BakedPenguin||

    That's not surprising - Chris Nolan is a good director. Check out Following and Memento if you haven't already.

  • ||

    I'm not interested at all in black people.

  • MNG||

    I do like black people. It just took a white one to prove it to me.

  • ||

    My mom says there's a lot of black people in Africa.

  • gayby||

    Africa. Isn't that the nation of African Americans?

  • ||

    It's not that I don't like black people...it's that I don't like black people.

  • Syd Henderson||

    Just think how many African Americans there would be if the United States annexed Africa.

  • Brian Sorgatz||

    The whole species originated in Africa. If you go back far enough, all Americans are African Americans.

  • ||

    Not me. I'm Lutheran.

  • ||

    I thought it was Missouri?

  • Othello||

    Behold, I have a weapon;
    A better never did itself sustain
    Upon a soldier's thigh: I have seen the day,
    That, with this little arm and this good sword,
    I have made my way through more impediments
    Than twenty times your stop: but, O vain boast!
    Who can control his fate? 'tis not so now.
    Be not afraid, though you do see me weapon'd;
    Here is my journey's end, here is my butt,
    And very sea-mark of my utmost sail.
    Do you go back dismay'd? 'tis a lost fear;
    Man but a rush against Othello's breast,
    And he retires. Where should Othello go?
    Now, how dost thou look now? O ill-starr'd wench!
    Pale as thy smock! when we shall meet at compt,
    This look of thine will hurl my soul from heaven,
    And fiends will snatch at it. Cold, cold, my girl!
    Even like thy chastity. O cursed slave!
    Whip me, ye devils,
    From the possession of this heavenly sight!
    Blow me about in winds! roast me in sulphur!
    Wash me in steep-down gulfs of liquid fire!
    O Desdemona! Desdemona! dead!
    Oh! Oh! Oh!

  • Mad Max||

    To boil it down for H&R commenters:

    'here is my butt . . . Blow me . . .'

    huh huh, huh huh

  • God||

    You mean Othello is Epi?

  • ||

    Et tu, God?

  • God||

    BIATCH,It isn't the ides of March. Feel free to fuck over everyone else.

  • Gyro Captain||

    You got a smutty mind, Rockatansky.

  • ||

    [off-topic]:

    Kudos to Hawaii for having *voluntary* evacuations in advance of the tsunami. At least, AFAIK.

  • prolefeed||

    I think that was the case.

    I drove to the hills at 5:30 in the morning, about 6 hours before the "tsunami" was supposed to hit Oahu, but my neighbors across the street from me, two blocks from the beach, rode it out and no cops made them evacuate.

    In fact, as 11:30 approached, they were talking on the radio about some idiot who was swimming in the waters off Waikiki, all alone on a tsunami-watch beach, even though the evacuation sirens had sounded every hour on the hour since 6 am, so apparently the cops weren't about to risk their lives for this clown.

  • prolefeed||

    It was weird, trying to get gas at 4:30 am, pitch black and every gas station with lines running onto the street, the stores all out of bottled water and batteries, all this frantic activity before the sirens even started sounding or the government got involved.

  • Slap the Enlightened!||

    Batman comic? Are you sure that's not from an old issue of Reason?

  • ||

    I had the same thought.

  • Johnny Longtorso||

    Drink?

  • Suki||

    +1

    Good Morning reason!

  • then and now||

    1970 to 2010
    Pollution= now global warming debates
    black people= gay rights
    space flights= why go?
    National problems= same old
    City problems= taxes and decline infrastructure
    Sports which one= the one that has the player going to jail or screwing around.
    Hobbies= still playing the same video games
    romance= is masturbation considered romantic?
    astrology= for stupid people then and now.

  • Joycelyn Elders||

    "is masturbation considered romantic?"

    Yes, and it should be taught in public schools.

  • King Lear||

    Blow, winds, and crack your cheeks! Rage! Blow! You cataracts and hurricanoes, spout Till you have drench’d our steeples, drown’d the cocks! You sulphurous and thought-executing fires, Vaunt-couriers of oak-cleaving thunderbolts, Singe my white head! And thou, all-shaking thunder, Strike flat the thick rotundity o’ the world! Crack nature’s moulds, all germens spill at once, That makes ingrateful man!

  • Jamie Kelly||

    I'm not interested in black people -- at least not their "blackness." Unless, of course, there's money to be made.

  • Charlie Rangel||

    Why are you looking at me when you say that?

  • Jamie Kelly||

    Wait. Shouldn't we paint all black people white? You know, in the interest of stopping global warming.

  • ||

    I think you're on to something! Population declines in Russia and northern Europe, plus increased populations of black and brown people, equals more sunlight absorbed by darker skin, and thus global warming! Someone alert Al Gore immediately!

  • The Ron Paul Comics Report||

    pollution, black people, national problems, city problems -- same thing.

  • Bradley||

    oh god don't turn this into a Ron Paul Smear Thread please

  • Citizen Nothing||

    Too late!!! Comedy gold.

  • God||

    Even I want to laugh.

  • Jamie Kelly||

    capitalism, racism, Windows Vista, Brazilian waxes, global poverty, male engorgement, too few Women's Studies departments -- same thing.

  • PIRS||

    +1

  • ||

    Male engorgement is awfully close to the women's studies.

  • ||

    You're all just a bunch of degenerates.

  • teh H&R ||

    Episiarch|2.27.10 @ 3:34PM|#

    You're all just a bunch of degenerates.

    and your point is...?

  • ||

    Somebody doesn't get Real Genius references.

  • ||

    Not me. I'm a Lutheran.

  • God||

    Episiarch|1.25.08 @ 11:15AM|#
    If I get a hummer from a bi guy, does that make me a fag? I have to stop doing so much coke.
    NTTIAWWT

  • PIRS||

    In any case you better act quickly because they are shutting down production lines.
    http://reason.com/blog/2010/02/25/hum-dinged

  • ||

    Somebody has a hard-on for me. How sweet.

  • It's me||

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fppKGJD3Y6c

  • ||

    My hobby is imagining how we could solve all our problems (nationally and locally) by launching astrologers into space, using commonly available pollutants as fuel, in spaceships built by Negro League veterans.

  • Ska||

    Built on love. Don't forget the love.

  • Kant feel Pietzsche||

    Romance, while second to last, was most definitely in there. Oh, did you mean that cheesy altruistic neighbor love? Ewwwwww!

  • D-FENS||

  • ||

    Why wasn't "I don't care about black people" an option? Imma let you finish now.

  • Other GW Bush||

    Yeehaw! Goin' to the moon, Bitches!!

  • Other GW Bush||

    huh huh huh..I didn't think I was this fucked up.....Goin' to Mars, Bitches!

  • BeesInTheBrain||

    Comic Book = Historical Document?

    Nerd!!!!!

  • BeesInTheBrain||

    Comic Book = Historical Document?

    Nerd!!!!!

  • BeesInTheBrain||

    and yes I bared repeating.

  • Kant feel Pietzsche||

    Can't speak for what clothing you removed, but you certainly "bore" repeating.

  • TP||

    After casually reading though these comments, I realized, YOU ARE ALL JUST A BUNCH OF MOTHER FUCKING RACISTS!!!

  • TP||

    BTW. What's up with that link? Is that a fuck up, or am I missing something?

    http://www.dinosaurgardens.com/

  • ||

    IIRC, that survey appeared just after DC Comics was bought by Warner. They were looking for general trends to emphasize in their books going forward. Around that time, we got the powerless Wonder Woman, who became a "Charlie's Angels" type of martial arts spy under the tutelage of the inscrutable asian, I Ching. We also got the Green Lantern/Green Arrow partnership that was perhaps the "flagship" series of DC's "Relevance" period. (A few years later, GA's sidekick, Speedy, would be revealed as a drug addict.) I wonder what the kids who sent in survey answers had any idea of the changes that their input would support?

  • BakedPenguin||

    "Powerless" Wonder Woman? didn't she have the Bustier of Righteousness?

  • ||

    The Most Common Superpower? Perhaps some research is required.

  • Robert||

    Addict?! Speedy Alka-Seltzer is positively made of drugs.

  • ||

    Oops. "I wonder what the kids who sent in survey answers..." should have been "I wonder IF the kids..." Thai food delivery knocked at the door and I hit the submit button too early. (Is it just me or is there something weird about a nominally libertarian magazine labeling the comment button as "submit"???)

  • Is it just me ||

    or eating any food @ 11:30PM is a bad idea

  • Ed H.||

    Just how old is that document? Just curious.

  • m||

    Ed H, Source: Detective Comics #403, September 1970. Since you are not able to read the shortest of stories it may be time to go to bed.

  • GrilledCS||

    I'm looking at that survey and wondering if times are better or worse.

    I'm leaning toward worse. However, I'm also leaning towards better.

    No thanks necessary. I'm glad to be of help.

  • Slut Bunwalla||

    I'm interested in polluting black people who cause national problems by launching their own space flights.

    Also, the black people all play sports.

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