DATELINE: NEW ORLEANS (AP) August 13, 1988 A liberal activist group is urging Republicans
DATELINE: NEW ORLEANS (AP) August 13, 1988
A liberal activist group is urging Republicans to repudiate a comic book
being touted by conservative evangelist Jerry Falwell that portrays Michael
Dukakis as a supporter of witchcraft and bestiality.
Falwll is urging his followers to paper the political landscape with
copies of the 30-page book, titled "Magical Mike: The Real Story of Mike
Dukakis." Among other things, it depicts the Democratic presidential
nominee in a dress, wig and pearls.
"The last thing the Bush campaign, the Republican Party and the
presidential campaign need is the distribution of 10 million copies of a
comic book that's chock full of enough intolerance to offend just about
everyone except Jerry Falwell," John Buchanan, chairman of People for the
American Way, said Friday.
In Washington, Dick Hafer of Lanham, Md., the book's producer, said in
an interview Friday night that the material is all documented and the
drawings are stylized to make a point.
"I think it's fair," said Hafer, who calls himself the "Comics
Commando" on the booklet. "I think it certainly has a point of view ... I'd
say it's accurate, that's the most important thing," he added.
Hafer said he has done other comic books on political topics, including
one called "Every Family Has One" during Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's 1982
re-election race, depicting the Massachusetts Democrat as a black sheep.
In the Dukakis comic, the Massachusetts governor is called "Sheriff
Pansy" for his crime-fighting record, especially the state's prison
The book suggests that Dukakis would ruin the nation's defense system
and describes him as an enemy of babies for his stand in favor of women
being allowed to have abortions. In one drawing, Dukakis is dressed in
doctor's garb holding the hose of a vacuum.
Elsewhere, a supporter is shown holding a sign that says: "The best
baby is a dead baby."
Falwell, founder of the conservative Moral Majority, displayed the book
Thursday night at a rally in advance of the Monday start of the Republican
Samples of the booklet had been passed out before Falwell spoke and he
subsequently explained how he had been impressed with the artist who drew
the comic book and purchased several thousand copies to bring with him to
He urged the audience to buy some on their way out of the meeting and
distribute them to everyone they knew.
"I want to shoot the guy's legs out from under him," Falwell said of
Dukakis. "I want to expose him. This man is to the left of Walter Mondale,
George McGovern and, maybe, to the left of (Soviet leader Mikhail)
Asked whether he agreed with Falwell's aim, Hafer said, "I would like
to see people have a chance to get all this information in one spot. I
think people who have the facts can make a good decision."
One page in the comic book lists what it describes as bills Dukakis
filed in 1970 as a state representative, including measures repealing a law
punishing blasphemy, the law against fornication and "the law prohibiting
the crime against nature (either with mankind or with beast)."
The book says Dukakis appointed a "priestess of witchcraft as the
official witch of Salem" over the objections of the Salem City Council and
questions whether the Greek Orthodox church is aware of this.
The book also suggests that Dukakis panders to special interest. At one
point it shows him dressed as a woman with a wig, dress and strand of
pearls. At another, it has him riding the shoulders of Jesse Jackson.
"With you in the White House," the book says, "all the far-left
groupies like McGovern, Mondale, Abzug, etc. will be back manning the
federal battering ram against the freedoms of the citizens."
The book also attacks Dukakis' wife, Kitty; Greek Orthodox Archbishop
Iakovos; and members of the Massachusetts congressional delegation,
including former Rep. Thomas P. "Tip" O'Neill, Sen. Edward Kennedy and
Reps. Barney Frank and Gerry Studds.
"This is a state that has consistently sent two admitted homosexuals
... along with Ted Kennedy and Tip O'Neill! The voters have the right to
vote for whoever they want ... but these kind of folk don't remotely
represent the thinking of most respectable Americans," the book says.
Frank and Studds have said they are homosexual.
The book encourages people to get Dukakis' signature on it to make it a
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