Lio by Mark Tatulli


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  1. Simon_Jester

    Simon_Jester said, about 20 hours ago

    There’s a very good movie in which a high-school student actually does something like that. Google the words, “The Manhattan Project” and “John Lithgow”

  2. TEMPLO S.U.D.

    TEMPLO S.U.D. said, about 20 hours ago

    Run for the hills!

  3. Nabuquduriuzhur

    Nabuquduriuzhur said, about 20 hours ago


    I’d conservatively guess there are a million people in the U.S. who could build one. Pretty much every person with a degree in engineering, physics, astronomy, astrophysics, etc.

  4. Miny Boy

    Miny Boy said, about 20 hours ago

    it will be…. the bomb!

  5. seismic-2

    seismic-2 GoComics PRO Member said, about 20 hours ago

    Boost your grade-point average through WMD extortion!

  6. noahproblem

    noahproblem said, about 19 hours ago

    He’ll probably get disqualified like Oliver from “Bloom County” did years ago.

  7. AlnicoV

    AlnicoV said, about 19 hours ago

    But it’s only a dud.

  8. Josh  Lyons

    Josh Lyons GoComics PRO Member said, about 17 hours ago

    @TEMPLO S.U.D.

    Correction: Run to another country!

  9. akwolffan

    akwolffan said, about 13 hours ago

    That looks like the classic ‘Fat Man’ design, of Nagasaki fame.

    Please note a few things:

    1 the nuke strikes at Hiroshima and Nagasaki were not the most destructive air raids of the Second World War. They weren’t even in the top five. The single most destructive air raid of all time was Mission 40 to Tokyo, on the night of 9-10 March, 1945. It destroyed more property and killed more people than the two nuke strikes combined.

    2 nukes are not magic destroy everything superweapons. At least one, possibly as many as 160, person/people managed to be victims of both nuke strikes. The gentleman I’m thinking of died in 2010. He had been in Hiroshima on business, got nuked, got taken to the hospital for ‘minor injuries’, was treated, released, took the train back home to Nagasaki and arrived in time to get nuked again. Spent the next few days wandering in the rubble looking for family members.

    3 the Hiroshima strike was directly on target. The Nagasaki strike was well off target. Tibbets and Ferebee, in Enola Gay, just about never missed; there was a reason why Paul Tibbets was the youngest full colonel in the history of the US Army Air Forces, and Ferebee was the best bombardier in VIII Bomber Command before Tibbets got him transferred to XXI Bomber Command and the 509th Composite Group specifically to be his bomb aimer. Bock’s Car, the Nagasaki bomber, was not flown by its normal pilot, but rather by someone very senior who wanted a little glory but who wasn’t very accurate. (Yes. He managed to miss the target with a nuke. Nothing more need be said…)

    4 Little Boy, the Hiroshima bomb, was a crude ‘gun’ uranium weapon, with a yield of around 10-11 kilotons. Fat Man, the Nagasaki bomb, was a much more advanced ‘implosion’ plutonium weapon, with a yield of 20-24 kilotons. Virtually all modern nukes are plutonium implosion weapons. However, in the words of Edward Teller, and I quote: “Any competent high-school student could build a gun-type bomb. Making an implosion weapon is somewhat more difficult.” (It should be noted that Dr. Teller was on the team which built the first two implosion bombs. He also built the first hydrogen bombs, which are two- or three-stage weapons using a plutonium implosion bomb as the first stage.)

    5 the first country to be nuked was the United States of America. Everyone on the Manhattan Engineering District project was certain that the gun bomb would work, and, besides, they only had enough uranium to build one. That got shipped as soon as it was built. They weren’t at all sure that implosion bombs would work, and they had enough plutonium to build two, so they did, and they tested one on 16 July 1945 at Alamogordo, New Mexico. It worked. They shipped the other one.

    6 The United States only had three nukes in July 1945. It took until September to make more. Dropping two nukes in three days (6 August and 9 August) while continuing with additional conventional air raids made it look as though the US had a lot of nukes. They didn’t. At the end of September they had five nukes, mostly plutonium implosion weapons.

  10. Sisyphos

    Sisyphos said, about 13 hours ago

    When Lio brings his nuke to school (and remember, kids, he’s already exploded two others in tests), it is wise of everyone else in the class, teacher included, to head for the hills!

  11. JohnDiFool

    JohnDiFool said, about 13 hours ago

    Fat Man being carried by Little Boy.

  12. ArthurAllen

    ArthurAllen said, about 12 hours ago


    Anyone with those skills could make more money making meth.

  13. The Wolf In Your Midst

    The Wolf In Your Midst GoComics PRO Member said, about 11 hours ago

    Jeez, it’s only a couple megatons, what are they all so skittish about?

  14. neverenoughgold

    neverenoughgold GoComics PRO Member said, about 11 hours ago

    “Duck and cover!”
    Yeah, like that’s gonna work…

  15. Comic Minister

    Comic Minister said, about 9 hours ago

    Uh oh!

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