Most of us know someone that has been affected by cancer and October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. With pumpkins, candy and costumes on our minds, Comic books are there to remind us of this serious problem and even help out a little. This month Blue Water Comics and Olivia Newton-John are doing their part. Blue Water is the company that made a name for itself with unauthorized biographies and is releasing an authorized biography of the 80’s star who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1992. A portion of the comic book’s proceeds going to her charity, the “Olivia Newton-John Cancer Center“. In honor of this, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, the nation’s leading breast-cancer awareness group, will be providing a breast cancer resource guide along with the comic. The comic comes is part of their Female Force series on women, in a effort to raise awareness and education to battle the disease. “Breast cancer in the beginning that was hard to talk about. So it takes a while before you can put it into a category that you can discuss without becoming emotional” Olivia Newton-John said to Blue Water. She has long been a working to spread education and awareness to young girls about breast cancer and hopefully this comic book can do some of that.
Marvel comics has just finished up their five issue limited series called “One Month to Live” last month. About a man with only four weeks to live after being diagnosed with cancer. Treatment leaves him with super powers and he must come to terms with death and his desire to leave some kind of mark on this world with the little time he has left. Some of Marvel’s biggest stars make appearances including the Fantastic Four, Wolverine, and Spider-Man.
Comic books have a long history of being a media for raising awareness. Cancer awareness is no exception. Whether it’s Mighty Marvel printing a one shot about Spidey, Storm, and Powerman fighting the evil Smoke Screen to warn kids about lung cancer or the very small, very indy Black Snake studios with their series RIP (100% of said series proceeds going to the National Foundation for Cancer Research) comic books have and will be in the fight. Big or small cancer affects us all. Publishers, artists, writers, countless fans, even Eddie Brock(Venom) has battled cancer. No one is immune. Early education and early detection are key in cancer diagnosis and treatment. While I wish comic books were the cure, I am proud that the art form we love is in the fight with us all. Please send your love out to those battling this disease and remember those that have battled it. While Breast Cancer Awareness month runs all October, it is also important the other eleven moths as well. Take care.