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[Perspectives] Using comics to change lives

Comics are a popular source of entertainment, activism, education, and subversion. Within health care the use of comics has been steadily growing for the past 50 years, with comics used to reach all age groups but particularly younger readers. I recall in the early 1980s sending a coupon I had clipped from a comic off to the Health Education Council for a smoking prevention information pack. This followed my reading about the evil Nick O Tine—overpowered by Superman (who never said yes to a cigarette) in a powerful anti-smoking story created by DC Comics.