I’ve stumbled onto a very entertaining and informative site that covers “political ephemera, drug hysteria, vintage sex & health items”, and the latest entry is on the work of a guy called Dick Hafer. This anti-gay tract from 1986 reads like modern satire mocked up to ridicule the attitudes of the past. It’s the sort of thing Mad magazine might do if they were to cook up a nutty right wing hate comic, and in many ways it reminded me of the Onion’s fake editorial cartoons. I kept thinking it was tongue in cheek, but this guy was apparently the real deal. And like those ubiquitous Jack Chick tracts that you find in train stations and restrooms, this comic captured my attention for the artist’s skill, determination, and sad delusion.
What a waste, and what an odd legacy.