Abstruse Goose on science coolness

By Phil Plait | July 22, 2009 4:10 pm

I know I just posted something about the comic Abstruse Goose, but this new one is pretty good too, even if the punch line is telegraphed way early.

Abstruse Goose comic about science being cool

Click to see the whole thing. In fact, he has precisely nailed the problem. Happily, we don’t have to stand in front of a jury and describe science. I can post a picture and go a little nuts if needed. That helps, too.


Comments (22)

  1. John

    What are Marvel and DC characters doing in the same room?

    I don’t think this is canonical!

  2. Tometheus

    this new* one is pretty good too

    *for certain values of “new”.

    (That was comic #62… He’s currently on #167)

    Did you actually intend to link to a newer one, say #166?

  3. Torbjörn Larsson, OM

    But Scienceman can talk to fish too. (A few weeks ago they told us they can count.) In reality its the lack of skintight uniform that would seal his or hers fate – lab coats aren’t sexy.

    Follow-up: When will we have a competition for Sexy Labcoats&trade? We already have some nude pics I believe, around telescopes and other mundane stuff, but not so much dresses. Some awards could be “Sexiest posing”, “Sexiest sampling”, and the ever popular “Sexiest Sex Study Suit”.

  4. Daumier

    @Torbjörn Larsson, OM: Labcoats are sexy, but only evildoers wear them :(

  5. JSW

    Unfortunately, science alone isn’t enough to get you into the superhero club. Science and the ability to stretch your arms, shrink yourself and/or talk to ants, sure, but not on its own.

    Which is probably why they haven’t figured out a way to keep the Joker from breaking out of prison every other week.

  6. GGremlin

    May I point out that three of four super-cool superheroes are as close to scientists as not to matter?

    ScienceMan will be back either as a bulked up guy with green skin or as a Lex Luthor type that the super-cool superheroes will work for!

  7. dhtroy

    I thought at the end of that panel, the super heroes were going to come to the realization that science would eventually put them all out of a job …

    Oh well.

  8. PJE

    Cute, very cute


  9. Doug Little


    I thought exactly the same thing!

  10. JustAsItSounds

    Hmm, as comics go I’m afraid Abstruse Goose rates a B- in my book.This strip is hardly original either – compare with http://pbfcomics.com/?cid=PBF136-Super_League.jpg

  11. Petrolonfire

    Scienceman – half man, half science? 😉

    Actually, his real problem is that he isn’t wearing his underpants on the outside of his trousers .. 😉

    Oh & what about Sciencewoman? 😉


    Faster than a speeding published double blind replicable trial with controls and peer review …

    Stronger than a geek holding a stack of books and laptop doing a full powerpoint presentation while balancing on the point of a lit bunsen burner with a slab of osmium * in her backpack!

    Can see 12 billion light-years in a single glance with her Hubble-like super-vision (and at all wavelengths too …)

    Capable of knocking out Creationists, UFO-ologists and Bart Sibrel in just one punch!

    Smarter than all the super-villains & mad scientists of fiction put together..

    Is it a floating observatory?
    Is it an atom-smasher?
    No its … Sciencewoman!

    Lab-coated crusader for truth, sanity and the unAmerican way! 😉

    * Osmium being the densest and thus heaviest of all metals. Also smells pretty bad too apparently. 😉

  12. Get his ebook.. Abstruse Goose Rules The World !!!

  13. featheredfrog

    …What is Batman doing in a group of Cool SUPERHeroes? Or Iron Man? BOTH do their heroism based on their brains and training, rather than some supernatural ability…

  14. Nomen Publicus

    It’s time to take direct action against the forces of ignorance (ie teachers and politicians.) If society doesn’t value education provided by the state or parents why not provide it direct to the children via books and web pages?

    What is needed are some carefully designed texts for children from 5 to 18 years old. Each text contains all the science that could be absorbed by the average child at a particular age. Each text would represent the “common knowledge” that should be known at the appropriate age.

    The fast kids can read ahead, the slow kids can reread as needed. No exams, no expectations, no stupid school boards.

  15. Sarcastro

    Do you think I wanted to be called Black Vulcan? Hell no! I wanted to be Supervolt. Black Vulcan was Aquaman’s idea. Yea, why don’t we just call him White Fish while we’re at it!?

  16. J_w23

    @ #10. JustAsItSounds Say

    I immediatly thought about that PBF comic! Nice 😀

  17. Eskil

    Just what I needed, another comic to be read every morning at work. If I get fired, I’m blaming you, Phil!

  18. JSW

    @GGremlin: Batman is not a scientist, despite what Homer Simpson thinks. Also, Tony Stark is an engineer, not a scientist. Peter Parker has a fairly strong scientific background, but when’s the last time he got a paper published? Wonder Woman is still fascinated by the revolutionary concept of indoor plumbing.

  19. Quiet Desperation

    Well, I do have to agree with their choice. The primary job function of a superhero is to fight an immediate and fast developing threat to life and limb. No time for double blind studies. :-)

    Do you think I wanted to be called Black Vulcan? Hell no! I wanted to be Supervolt.

    He had pure electricity. In his pants.

  20. Torbjörn Larsson, OM

    only evildoers wear them


    [But in actuality I’ve seen chemists use them to protect against spill.]

    @ QD:

    No?! But I can remember Dare Devil being in love with blind women, admiring their way of dealing with the world as a blind person …

  21. Gary Ansorge

    ,,,and then there is the question of whether we can ever know some things for certain,,,


    Gary 7

  22. One of Abstruse Goose’s best comics, I have to say. The comics miss a lot of times when it comes to being funny but when it hits the mark, you roll on the ground laughing.


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