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Golden Age Government Comic Books: Social Security

From the dawn of diversity in 1969.

Once upon a time in the United States, someone somewhere in the government for the greater good asked, “What better medium to get across the message of benevolent government programs is there than comic books?”

The SSA certainly knew this and, along with other government agencies, has a long history of “getting the message out.” Here are some samples from the Social Security Administration’s Special Collections – Public Information Materials where you are warned, “This is an archival or historical document and may not reflect current policies or procedures.”

One of the great heroic characters found in a visit to this archive is the smooth, confident, well-dressed, and stunningly white ivy-league guy “Genial Bureaucrat:”


He appears on this page:

A popular pairing is the elderly widow in rocking chair and the “Mr. Informed Spokesman” who explains the painless nature of collecting. “She takes a few pennies (less than a nickel) from each dollar your earn and adds an equal amount…”:


These traditional American Kabuki characters, with an ancient table of benefits, appear on this page:

Next a comic ode to the Form-SS5, the path to “The Card” and your very  own personal government number, plus two posters from two different eras in the glowing history of Social Security.

World LARGEST Autograph Collection! On the March for Money!

Get yours directly from The Hand!

Gerard Van der Leun // 1692 Mangrove Ave Apt: 379
Chico, CA 95926

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  • Bilderback July 30, 2022, 5:21 PM
  • Jack August 28, 2022, 7:30 AM

    SS is just one more element of The Big Sell. And, I have heard that it’s also a wonderful cash cow from which politicians may ‘borrow’ to fund favorite projects of practically any variety.

  • PA Cat August 28, 2022, 7:31 AM

    Not quite comic book format, but nonetheless the illustrated guide to safe sex in the era of monkeypox is alive and well at that other agency of benevolent government, the CDC. Note the drawing of the woke interracial gay couple, as well as the helpful translation of “anus” as “butthole” for the literacy-impaired:


    • Snakepit Kansas August 28, 2022, 3:34 PM

      PA Cat,
      Thank you….I think. The site you posted suggests for the homosexuals “Masturbate together at a distance, without touching each other and without touching any rash.” Someone in the Gubmint has to remind gay folks not to have sweaty sex with someone who has pussy sores on their ass.

  • ghostsniper August 28, 2022, 8:15 AM

    Notice the part where the employer pays the same or more than you do, for you.
    That’s money that should go to you but never will, after all, you’re the reason the employer must pay it. If you crack on your employer for a raise and he refuses, understand, he is already paying for that raise that you never get.

    Notice also, that if you are self employed you must also pay that 2nd part.
    From memory, that’s about 15% per year.
    Even more incentive to get out of the system any way you can.

    • Terry August 28, 2022, 11:09 AM

      Eighty-seven K additional I*S thugs will help you get out the system, permanently. All systems, including oxygen usage.

    • Snakepit Kansas August 28, 2022, 3:35 PM

      Like you say, everything the gubmint touches, turns to shit.

  • Comrade Terry August 28, 2022, 8:51 AM

    Your Social Security Number will never be used as an identification number.

    Who else remembers that pure B.S.?

  • Casey Klahn August 28, 2022, 6:27 PM

    This comment section has now touched on the two greatest lines ever uttered. I’m from the government, and I’m here to help, and don’t worry! I won’t @(^ in your *?9&a.

  • rabbit tobacco August 29, 2022, 8:14 AM

    coercion plain and simple