Martha Thomases: “If You Have A Message…”

Martha Thomases

Martha Thomases brought more comics to the attention of more people than anyone else in the industry. Her work promoting The Death of Superman made an entire nation share in the tragedy of one of our most iconic American heroes. As a freelance journalist, she has been published in the Village Voice, High Times, Spy, the National Lampoon, Metropolitan Home, and more. For Marvel comics she created the series Dakota North. Martha worked as a researcher and assistant for the author Norman Mailer on several of his books, including the Pulitzer-Prize-winning Executioner's Song, On Women and Their Elegance, Ancient Evenings, and Harlot's Ghost.

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8 Responses

  1. George Haberberger says:

    I would be happy to support the Mine! project if Planned Parenthood’s services did not include abortion. As for “the usual lies and distortions” and where they come from, that information is available everywhere, except it isn’t lies and distortions. If distortion is the issue, then Planned Parenthood is foremost in that regard.

    • Martha Thomases says:

      I see nothing there but playing with statistics, from an unknown group, who distorts the numbers. Who the hell are they? What are they taking out of context?

      • George Haberberger says:

        Just because Live Action not known to you does not make it an unknown group.

        And how are the numbers distorted? If you watched the video you saw how the “only 3% of Planned Parenthood’s business is abortion” is a misrepresentation, something even Slate and the Washington Post acknowledge. I read the promotional columns here on ComicMix and the Kickstarter page. Abortion is never mentioned, only that Planned Parenthood is a “health care provider.” That isn’t a distortion?

        • Martha Thomases says:

          They say that Planned Parenthood “commits” abortion, which makes it sound like a crime. They distort their statistics, sensationalizing the percentage of abortions PP performs, which is, no doubt, because so many other providers have been shut down, terrorized by radical religious terrorists.

          We are not fund-raising for Planned Parenthood because they provide abortions (although I, for one, support that). We are doing this book because people need Planned Parenthood and ALL of e services they provide.

          • George Haberberger says:

            Again, how are the statistics distorted? The numbers come from Planned Parenthood: the number of abortions divided by the number of patients. And all the various things that are counted as services, (a discreet clinical interaction, according to their own annual report), serve only to pad that number in order to achieve that 3%.

            And as far as PAP tests, 0.97%, and breast exams, 1.8%, those numbers have not been disputed. So “all of the services they provide”, other than abortion, are incredibly deficient.

  2. Andrew Laubacher says:

    I love (ironically) that your post is illustrated with the beginning of one of the great paper-tiger arguments of all time, when Hal really should have grown a pair. What he could have said:

    OLD MAN: I been readin’ about you… How you work for the blue skins…and you done considerable for the purple skins! Only there’s skins you never bothered with–the black skins! I want to know…how come?! Anwer me that, Mr. Green Lantern!

    HAL: Could I have done more here on Earth for people of color, sir? Sure! And I still can. But, you still have an Earth to stand on. You haven’t been wiped out by an artificially-created solar flare. And you aren’t living under the yoke of alien invaders. That’s what I’ve done!

    Of course, that’s not the point that Denny was going for. He wanted Hal to be guilt-ridden and regretful. However, the above might have represented a more honest response on GL’s part.

    • Andrew Laubacher says:

      Mine! sounds like a worthy cause and I wish I could afford to contribute via the campaign. Many anti-abortion folks get so hung-up on that issue that they have no idea how small a part it plays in what Planned Parenthood does. Too many don’t seem to realize that fewer pregnancies in the first place equates to fewer abortions.

      • George Haberberger says:

        Andrew Laubacher said, “they have no idea how small a part it, (abortion) plays in what Planned Parenthood does.”

        I suggest you watch the video linked above. At the time that video was made, Planned Parenthood performed 30.6% of all abortions in the country. An update in the Notes field indicates the percentage is now up to 34.9. That is not a “small part.” It averages to one abortion every 97 seconds. Planned Parenthood is an abortion corporation. Yes, fewer pregnancies do result in fewer abortions, (a good thing), but contraception is not Planned Parenthood’s focus. Contraception is widely available in various methods. People don’t need Planned Parenthood for that, and there’s more money to be made in abortions. What Planned Parenthood does play a small part in is everything else, as shown here: