Whacky inventors in cartoons, like Professor Potter and document Static, are extra usually aiding 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 publication) or Clyde Crashcup (who starred in a again phase on Alvin's convey. Dr. Atomic, a Nineteen Seventies personality from "underground" comedian books, is a kind of protagonists.
Dr. Atomic (first identify Otto) used to be created via cartoonist Larry Todd, whose different paintings in comix comprises stories of the Armorkins. He first seemed in many of the brief underground newspapers of the early Nineteen Seventies, the place his first activity used to be to construct his robotic assistant. Dr. Atomic number one, 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 tons older than such a lot 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 experience after one other, for 6 concerns. 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 used to be completely targeted. Dr. Atomic's Marijuana Multiplier, which was once released in 1974, supplied directions for a chemical method that allegedly superior reasonable, low-quality pot. The chemical substances are acknowledged by way of others to were particularly harmful if dealt with by way of non-professionals. still, humans acquired a very good 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 purely an historical artifact, and it isn't urged that anybody truly stick with the instructions, and besides, today's pot doesn't desire it. yet it's nonetheless on hand, and the previous comedian books aren't.