The Hulk in Free Fall

In contrast to Simon Stagg counting up to the well-known and often published escape velocity, here we have a genuine motion situation that would be familiar to any beginning student.  One slight issue: the answer is wrong (both from the math as solved and from the reality of the situation we’re facing).  That does not […]

Can Hoover Dam Flood Las Vegas?

In Godzilla #9 (Apr 1978) Doug Moench wrote a plot where Hoover Dam threatened to break, flooding Las Vegas.  Radioactive breath kaiju rampaging through Nevada?  Sure!  Who cannot get behind that? Hoover Dam flooding Las Vegas? Nope – no way. First off, Las Vegas is not downstream of Hoover Dam.  Second, Las Vegas is about […]

Where from here?

Gentle readers, The Lemony Snicket Allusions you’ve all been reading are still here — but I’m now working on a project on STEM in Silver Age comic books and…. having a site already… feel this is a good place to publish some of my work in progress and get feedback. For more of a sense […]

Firestorm and Ergs

DC managed to have an interesting a physics problem in the debut of Firestorm in his/their origin story Firestorm the Nuclear Man #1 (Mar 1978): “A million ergs of radiation pour through…” Ronnie Raymond and Martin Stein.  We’ve seen similar amounts of energy before when we talked about Hulk falling.  An erg is a g-cm2sec-2 which […]