Wednesday, January 16, 2013

The Golden Age Cure For What Ails You

Sometimes the best solutions are the most obvious ones.

Evil scientist Dr. Doom (not that Dr. Doom) has developed a "grey mold disease." And just because he's evil, he unleashes it on Earth:

How bad is it?


But the disease is an equal opportunity destroyer:

No more life in Paris? The Eiffel Tower destroyed? Apologies to my French readers. Maybe you guys should stay out of Paris for awhile...

But the good guys capture Doom (no, not that Doom), and torture him into revealing the cure (editor's note: apparently, if you don't coddle your audience by putting up a neon "TORTURE IS BAD" sign in your story, you're ineligible for the Best Director Oscar. So, unknown writer and artist Richard Crater, you'll not be able to view Seth MacFarlane's no-doubt brilliant hosting in person.).

And that cure?

Really? Are you sure? That sounds like it must be a bit, you know, dangerous and counter-productive. Can it really work?

Well I'll be damned.

And it's from a book called Science Comics, so it must be correct, right?

Radiated water for everyone!!

From Science Comics #6 (1940)


SallyP said...

What could possibly go wrong?

Sina said...

Isn't UV radiation supposed to be one of the more efficient treatments for safe drinking water? And don't they also use that to "sterilize" meat products and make them shelf stable as well?

I haven't checked specifically, but I'm sure I've heard both of those in the headlines within the past few years (though I don't know enough about them so say "yea" or "nay" either way).