I don't know about you, but when the Batman himself turns to the camera and tells me he has a message from the President of the United States, I start paying attention pretty quick. It might actually be the most effective form of advertising ever invented, to the point where I'm really surprised that it's only been used once, way back in 1966.
The Batman in question is, of course, Adam West, the President is Lyndon Johnson, and the product they were urging all the boys and girls to buy were Government Savings Bonds, raising money to support the Vietnam War. That's, well, a little weird all things considered, but you can check it out for yourself in the video from the National Archives below!
I've never been any good at those video games that force you to make moral decisions. Even though, on an intellectual level, I know that I'm not really murdering innocent villagers or stealing from merchants with mouths to feed, but I can't help it; I just feel bad for those person-shaped collections of pixels...
As one of the most powerful storytelling mediums on the planet, comic books are extremely capable teaching tools. Unfortunately, however, that potential to educate has an even great potential to be horrifically abused propaganda style...
Not only is Cliff Chiang a brilliant artist, he's also filled with equally brilliant ideas. The John Hughes superhero mash-ups he did some months ago got a whole lot of attention, but as great as those illustrations were, I think they fall in the face of his latest project...
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