For Better or For Worse by Lynn Johnston

For Better or For Worse

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  1. kfccanada

    kfccanada said, over 3 years ago

    Little four year old kids worrying about bombs???? Sounds grotesque. Perhaps adults are talking much too deeply around their very young children. And, the TV shouldn’t be tuned to such ultra serious topics when kiddies are present. Wow! They grow up fast enough as it is. This strip is a real eye opener.

  2. QuietStorm27

    QuietStorm27 said, over 3 years ago


    I learned a long time ago that I could shield my children from everything at home but when they started going to school they’d hear things from their friends anyway. Then you have teaching moments.

  3. kittenpah

    kittenpah said, over 3 years ago

    As I recall, at that age they were teaching us that the Soviets were going to bomb us at any moment and we could save ourselves by crawling under our desks.

  4. Odd Dog

    Odd Dog GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago

    there is a hydro electric damn about 3/4 of a mile from my old high school we had bomb shelters and did fallout drills

  5. Jim in CT

    Jim in CT said, over 3 years ago

    Fantasy isn’t what it used to be.
    When I was a kid, comic book super-heroes were idealized, and the stories were escapist. Now a lot are filled with bloody violence.
    DC Comics has revamped Wonder Woman to take the Amazons – once immortals living in seclusion from “man’s world” – and turned them into rapists and murderers.

  6. Paula R.  Stiles

    Paula R. Stiles GoComics PRO Member said, over 3 years ago


    The 80s was the last big gasp of the Cold War and a fairly scary time. There wasn’t any way you could keep your kids shielded from talk of nuclear annihilation. I remember when almost every kid I knew pretty much expected to end life in a mushroom cloud.

    What amazes me is how much of that people have forgotten over the past two and a half decades when it was so pervasive for nearly fifty years.

  7. KenTheCoffinDweller

    KenTheCoffinDweller said, over 3 years ago

    @NightShade09 – I would like to think that you are just making a sick joke, but I know that DC has killed off Superman at least once as a main storyline and I have seen parts of what has been done to Batman in the movies, so it is not a hard stretch to believe that DC has dropped the Amazon’s original connection with Greek Mythology.

  8. Tog

    Tog said, over 3 years ago

    Luckily when I was a kid in the late 50’s and early 60’s we had none of the Soviets will be invading at any moment hysteria, no hiding under the beds, no lunatics like McCarthy. Oddly we did know of the concerns but we didnt worry about them as kids.

  9. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, over 3 years ago

    There are many nuclear-armed nations. Despite signing the non-proliferation treaty, most nations with advanced technology have them, they just doing noise it about. Several others could build them in short order. When you consider that anyone with a physics, chemistry, or engineering degree in the west could do it from local materials, the number of nations that have at least one must be sorely underrepresented in official numbers.
    How many would believe that Israel has the most advanced nukes? Used to be that the idea was to take everyone with them if they fell. Then it became to win a war by small nukes. A neutron weapon the size of an artillery shell they had in the early 1990s would french fry anything above bacteria in a 1100m radius, but everything outside of 1500m would be safe. When it seems like half the world hates them because they exist, and even went so far as to create the current antisemitic mythos seen in western media, no one should blame them for having what they have.
    McCarthy’s an interesting case. Much like Rasputin, what is commonly “known” about him is propaganda. The real events and man were quite different. Consider: if he was the loose cannon that is usually taught, then why did literally everyone he blacklisted turn out to be a card-carrying Socialist in later years? (Communist, National Socialist, etc.) Also consider who controls our media and thus most of the public’s viewpoint. Coincidence?

  10. frightenup

    frightenup said, over 3 years ago

    Now my kids have “Code Red” drills where they have to practice what to do if there’s a crazy person on the loose. They also do fire drills and tornado drills. :-(

  11. ewalnut

    ewalnut said, over 3 years ago

    Lynn’s notes at

  12. bluffwood

    bluffwood said, over 3 years ago


    Where did you go to school? In Scarborough ON, they had us hiding under desks during the Cuban missile crisis… and this was Canada.

  13. bluffwood

    bluffwood said, over 3 years ago


    Right you are on McCarthy. What people know today is simply propaganda… even taught in the schools.

  14. Tog

    Tog said, over 3 years ago

    In the UK. There were no drills, no practising. We had what was called the V force which was designed to meet any threat by air. The nearest we got to the reds under the beds were certain members of the trade unions who were suspected of being funded from Moscow, but they were ineffective. There were defectors of course, people like Burgess and McLean. Later more people who were passing things to Moscow were discovered. People looks Anthony Blunt. But none of this filtered through to school pupils. We got on with the school term and did the work without any interference from politics and the fear of being vaporised by nuclear weapons.

  15. sjsczurek

    sjsczurek said, over 3 years ago

    All together now. Everybody sing!
    Duck – (ffshwit!) – and cover!
    Duck – (ffshwit!) – and cover!
    The first thing you must learn to do is
    Duck – (ffshwit!) – and cover!
    And that means you and you and you and you

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