Thursday, June 15, 2006

For Posterity's Sake

Blockade Boy's hilarious description of poor, unfortunate criminal Archie Stryker's heartbreaking affliction, a malady known as Sal Buscema Face, has drawn attention to the woefully under-represented field of comic book medical oddities.

There are, literally, dozens of well documented cases of Nostril Kirbification.

-if not diagnosed in its early stages, N.K. can spread to other areas of the face-

As Kevin Church reported here, Ditkoitis of the Hands is a less common, though equally well known, disorder.

-in 1961, an outbreak in midtown Manhattan was barely contained-

But what about those seldom heard of comic book deformities?

What of Larsen's Foot?

- or Dermatitis Millerosis?

What can we, as responsible bloggers, do to educate the public?

I propose an ongoing, investigative and scholarly project, the goal of which would be the documentation and description of these horrible deformities.

I lay down this challenge to you, fellow bloggers - Help compile as complete a list as possible of these medical oddities. Perhaps the good doctor, over at Polite Dissent, might even tell us what real world afflictions these imagined ones most resemble.

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Blogger Jake said...

Let's not forget Liefeld carpalitis, a severe swelling of the wrists that often requires victims to wear wristbands to prevent the expansion from continuing. The related affliction Liefeld tarsalis is a degenerative weakening of the ankles, sometime to such a degree that victims' feet will fall off completely. Victims are then required to hide behind furniture and puffs of smoke from the shins down to obscure their shame.

6/19/2006 4:16 AM

Blogger Brandon said...

I hear they need all those pouches and pockets for storing their medication.

6/19/2006 7:26 AM

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