In the dream I was with some comic book artists discussing climate change. In the way of dreams it turned out the answer was a drawing pin or, as the US call it, thumb tack.( Both have possibilities for a surrealist take but you know what I mean.)
Having a long time attachment to Carl Jung's writings, dreams do sometimes prompt real life engagement on my part and on this occasion it led me to trawling the internet under the banner of 'comic-books - global warming'. There are a number of sites featuring cartoons on the subject but no way as far as this research fumbler could see to find out about how climate change played in comic-books. Threats to planet Earth are not an uncommon theme and, from memory, Superman has saved the world more than once and Silver Surfer was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice to prevent a wipe out of humanity. Thinking about it the chances of any super-hero not having battled to defend the planet at some time in their career seems slim. Now I'm guessing here but these demonstrations of global salvation were probably responses to threats from the outside - Earth inhabitants however wicked not being liable to end all life on the planet since that would include their evil selves. They may be psychos but they're not crazy.
Unreliable recall suggests that Alan Moore's 'Swamp Thing' had an ecological sub-text and since there are lots of bright and thoughtful writers in comics so it is possible the topic has cropped up. After all racism, sexism, gay rights, lots of social concerns have had the treatment. But can anyone tell me if green issues have?
So the question is - have concerns about climate change and its threats to the future of homo sapiens ever been treated in a mainstream comic? Can you help?
Thank you for your time.
Here are couple of sites for cartoons but there are quite a few others.
Here serious sciency stuff
Monday, September 30th.
Thanks to David for citing the 1970-73 Green Lantern- Green Arrow series - art Neal Adams words Denny O'Neil - that a minimum of research finds reviews telling that included in the social issues this series brings up were 'pollution' and 'environmentalism'.