Robert J. Sodaro is an American born writer, editor, and digital graphic artist, who loves writing about comics, movies, and literature.
Voting is your Superpower
A time to vote
I voted for the first time in 1973, and near as I can recall, I’ve voted in every election and primary, save for one or perhaps two — due to extenuating circumstances) since then. Who I voted for, and what party with which I may have been aligned is less important than the fact that I did vote in the first place. For the past 15 of those years I have not only actually worked at the polls during the elections (a decade of that time serving as the Deputy Registrar of Voters in my home town, where I’ve currently been back working there during this election season, assisting in the presidential primary as well as the upcoming election). I have also worked on three separate political campaigns, attended district meetings (both as a member and twice as recording secretary), town meetings, public hearings, and a couple of party conventions (both local and statewide) in which I’ve voted.
Uncle Sam wants us to vote
Go out and vote!
Voting, you see, is my superpower.
Voting is Your Super Power
You too can go out and vote!
Interestingly enough, it is your superpower as well.
Comics are the way!
I know this because Craig Yoe, (publisher of Yoe Books) told me so. In fact, he has gone way out of his way to tell us all, in his newest book, Voting is Your Superpower, wherein he reprints a handful of giveaway comicbooks from the ‘50s & ‘60s that extol the virtues of voting. In his latest book, he has compiled and re-printed a number of giveaway comics form the 1950s and ‘60s that were published in order to stimulate interest in the political process and encourage people to vote. The comics were produced from various groups ranging from Harvey Comics (publishers of Richie Rich, Casper the Friendly Ghost and Little Dot) to The National Research Bureau Good Government Series, to The league of Women Voters.
Voting is Your Superpower
This is how voting works
The book (which comes with an introduction from Julie Newmar (TV Batman’s “Catwoman”) as well as a forward by Craig Yoe — a multiple winner of the comic industry’s Eisner Award, where he provides a revealing introduction to the topic and the comics themselves that is profusely illustrated with a number of photos and rare cartoons. In his forward, he gives historical context to the comics. The book re-prints seven comics, as well as a number of newspaper cartoons all extolling the virtue of voting, and why it is a always a good thing to let your voice be heard and cast your vote. The stories include Your Vote is Vital! (where Uncle Sam talks to potential voters explaining why voting is important), The Man who Stole your Vote (explaining how when only 13 people out of every 100 vote, they have a greater say in what happens in your town, state and nation), If Your Kids Could Vote (children explain to their parents why voting is important), and The Price You Pay for Graft (taxes and corrupt government officials).
The past is the present
Given that these comics were produced in the ‘50s — which was dominated by the Cold War and Red Scare — it’s only natural that these very real fears motivated civic organizations and major comicbook companies to team up in order to create comics with clever, straight-forward stories involving rather every day, ordinary people to be given out wherever people gathered — in in schools, union halls, state fairs, and churches.
Don't let them steal your rights!
Everyone needs to get out and vote!
Needless to say, while most of the above-mentioned comics were aimed at a middle-class, White audience, even the 1960s Civil Rights-era NAACP understood that mobilizing the Black vote was important and created comics for African Americans as well. Hence included in this weighty tome are comics specifically targeted to the African American Community including The Street Where You Live, The Future Rests in Your Hands, and The Adventures of Voteman (the last comic featuring the very first Black comicbook Superhero).
The coming ov Voteman
Election Day is coming!
The common thread running through these diverse comics (as well as the various syndicated cartoons included in this volume is that each of them (in their own way) warned citizens to be on the alert for political corruption and to get out and vote to stop it! All of them attempted to appeal to the personal needs and concerns of citizens (better schools, nicer/safer streets, better government) in order to impel them to go out and vote. Several of them even explained that first you had to register to vote (and in general ways how to go about doing that), then read up on the various candidates in order to familiarize themselves with the many issues and the candidates stands on those issues, prior to heading down to the voting booth on Election Day.
Listen to the Hulk!
The more things change...
Given today’s political climate, this book arrives as a breath of fresh air reminding us all not only of our privilege as Americans (that is to say, the right to freely elect our own leaders as well become involved in the very process of democracy itself), as well as reminding us that voting is not only a privilege, but an obligation; both to ourselves and to out progeny. The various authors of the stories contained in Voting is Your Superpower are all especially clear on this point. Voting is not only important, but it is our duty as citizens.
Vote early, vote often (but not in the same election)
Stop complaining, start voting!
Griping to one another about what goes on around us in our communities does nothing, what we need to do is register to vote, become informed on the issues, the candidates, and their stands on the issue, become involved with our neighbors on community, state, and national issues, then make a plan to get out on Election Day. While the comics themselves are careful not to endorse any one political party or agenda, the message is eminently clear — individuals should not only just vote, but vote to put sane, progressive people and policies in our government.
Ms. Marvel wants you to vote
Stand your ground
At 18, when I initially registered to vote, I registered with one party, then, years and years later, (in 2004) —after mostly voting with the other major party, I officially changed my registration status to the other major party. As to which party I initially belonged, or changed, actually matters less than the fact that I registered to vote, and then spent the next nearly half century voting. To be sure, my own active involvement in politics truly began when my own children were in public school, and my involvement has only grown since (my son currently works for a U.S. Congressman), so yeah, voting IS my superpower, and it should be yours as well.
With great power, must also come great responsibility
Go out and vote!
Needless to say, this amazingly relevant book will entertainingly show you how and why. Buy the book, read the book, but — more importantly — get out and vote as if your very life depends upon it, because, this time around, it very well could!
Now it is your turn
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© 2020 Robert J Sodaro