|Gerund Comics "They Oughta Have Bells" was one of the most offensive comic books ever published,seconded only by the rest of their "making fun of the handicapped line" "Hurry Up Slowpoke" , "Read These Lips", and "Old Wobbly".|
|This 1962 comic hoped to cash in on the Outer Space Craze popular at the time, but coupled with the publisher's obsessive fascination with banal officialdom, the Space Insurance Agent genre failed to catch on
or make cash registers ring.
Stories were retreads of the Thirties title Rubberneck Smith: Claims Adjuster part of Gerund's When I Grow Up series.
The origional comic was not a swift seller as was usual for most of Gerund's publications.
A print run of 5,000 was uncerimoniously returned to the distributor by angry civics teachers and career councelors.
This was especially embarrasing because the books had been given gratis to schools across the country.
The cache of comics later wound up in the Dallas Book Depository and were seized as evidence. Officials later returned them , mumbling something about mistakes being made.
Errant copies of the comic have made their way to Fedbay, a privatized online auction site run by and for federal employees. The comic is being given away free with every $5,000 hammer.
Gerund Comics misses the mark again with Bentley Taft: Outer Space Claims Adjuster