FIVE YEARS LATER
This Army recruiting comic from 1962 gives us a swell look at the mindset of American youth, cold war style - staring the draft right in the face, wondering whether to wait for the "Greetings!!" letter or just go ahead and get it over with. And bowling! All moustaches are courtesy the bored high schooler who first owned this comic.
Our hero, "Bud", gets static from his girlfriend because he can't seem to plan for the future in any way shape or form. Hey baby, after that Cuban Missile thing we just went through, I'm not sure there IS gonna be a future!
Luckily Bud has an ample supply of older friends who are more than willing to share their life experience.
"I figured Uncle Sam could come looking for me... IN CANADA!"
Sometimes you get your life all perfectly arranged, and WHAMMO, you're drafted. Listen buddy, if renting your house out is the WORST thing that happens to you while you're in the Army, count your blessings.
I'm sure Army Intelligence is fascinating work. Especially the parts where you dress up like a hippie and try to convince local radicals to burn everything down.
Oh yeah, Mr. Kelly's got all the 'dope.' That's right, if you enlist you can pick your Army specialty and they HAVE to let you have it! And you sleep in until noon every day and are awakened by a gentle kiss from a beautiful fairy, and then you flap your arms and fly to the moon!
Bud's planned for his future, all right. Five years later he's knee deep in a rice paddy in some godforsaken hamlet in a country he's never heard of, trying to clean the mud out of his M-16 while Victor Charlie sappers open up with mortars, thinking WHY THE HELL DID I EVER READ THAT STUPID COMIC BOOK ABOUT ENLISTING IN THE ARMY?
And hey, guess what never gets mentioned in this Army recruiting comic aimed at high school students about to graduate?
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