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Flower Power: The Greatest Hippies in Comics

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Hippies. God bless em, they really think a lot of themselves, don't they? Isn't it great when fuzzy ole Uncle Hippie gathers the brood down to the biodegradable teepee for tall tales of the Sixties? "Pot and acid grew on lampposts!" he preaches. "Flowers stopped bullets! I pleasured Joni Mitchell with an Abba Zabba!"

Wow, awesome, Uncle Hippie! You ruined drug enforcement, sex with random strangers and dandelion kevlar for everyone! You had a great time and I was punished for it – you're literally the opposite of Jesus, so maybe you should stop dressing like Salvation Army Messiah.

When you're in high school, hippies are cool. They bucked the system; they changed the world, man. When you're older and in the world, the foul stench of hastily-applied patchouli oil atop three weeks of not bathing evokes a torrent of bile so hellish it could knock a man's teeth out. I've been to twenty Phish concerts. I know what I'm talking about.

Not all hippies are bad. Some actually did some good, positive things for the world. They fought corruption and racial inequality, challenged conventional thoughts on war. But mostly, they went to music festivals.

"Hulk" director Ang Lee recently smashed some serious peace and love on all the puny humans with "Taking Woodstock," featuring deadpan icon Eugene Levy, quirky comedian Demetri Martin, and Sabretooth in a dress. It is with that same spirit, and in the continuum of the blinding God-light of Forever and the mystical dragon breath of the Universal Birth Canal, we present the most notable hippies in comics.

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