Once again our need for sarcastic humor content trumps decency, as we poke fun at comics designed to save lives and make the world a better place. This week it's cartoon animals versus violent painful death and property damage!
Sparky, the firehouse dalmatian, not only wears pants, but looks like he was drawn by Superman artist Wayne Boring. Or maybe Al Plastino. Sparky had a tough job in the 1950s. Let's find out why!
For one thing, people cleaned clothes with GASOLINE. Which they then hung over the hot stove. I dunno, maybe some of these people deserve to burn.
Smoke smoke smoke that cigarette! 4 out of 5 doctors prefer the smooth taste of Camels while lying in the burn ward!
Need to heat your home? Why not dump a bunch of oil in a can and light it on fire? Seriously people, what the hell? Did we lose a war or something? Go down to the Sears and buy an electric heater already, put that TVA rural electrification project to good use!
But while the ordinary home of the 50s was a sizzling firetrap, we'll find that one of the most dangerous places in the world today is... the ordinary farm!
Nero and Ashcan, along with Ninelives, learn that death and dismemberment lie around every corner of their idyllic farm in this wonderfully illustrated giveaway comic brought to you by Esso and the Manitoba Labor Office Of The Fire Commissioner, drawn by Winnipeg's own Brad Caslor.
One thing about a farm is that sometimes, grain just explodes.
You're surrounded by gigantic powerful machinery that can rip your limbs off and kill you.
It can also run you down and crush you like a bug.
The farm animals aren't all cute and cuddly; some of them don't know the difference between people and slops. Fun game: try to guess which part of you the pigs will eat first. The answer MAY surprise you.
Modern farms are jam-packed with chemicals, which can catch fire and explode if the sealed cans merely happen to be stacked NEXT TO each other. What are they growing on this farm, dioxin weed?
And of course all that equipment runs on gasoline, which as we learned from Sparky is explosively flammable. Isn't farming fun?
And so let's take one last look at the FARM OF DEATH.
Here's my favorite little accident waiting to happen:
Wistful metaphor combining innocence and death? Check! Overtones of militarism and industrialization crushing youth? Check! Exceptionally clueless kid bending over pool of chemicals to float his toy boat? Check and double check! Play safe, kids!
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