Monday, May 11, 2009

Zen and the Art of Hitler Punching

One of the oddest of the Golden Age heroes is the Green Lama, a man with all the powers of Buddhism...

No really.

But when he takes a racist soldier named Jonesy on a trip to learn about treating others fairly, through the time honored tradition of meditating on the following Koan:

I always wondered if the German High Command would have been more successful if they didn't insist on communicating in broken English.What is the sound of one hand...Well, until I was distracted by this....clapping Hitler across the face?

Well, I know I was enlightened.

The Green Lama enables Jonesy to achieve Satori in Green Lama #5, written by Richard Foster (real name Kendall Foster Crossen), and drawn by Mac Raboy. You can read the entire story here. It's surprisingly forward-thinking for the era.

Thanks to Olaf for the link.

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