Updated on 16 October, 2021
Have you ever read the old comic strip "Doomsday Clock"? I have a hard time remembering it. The truth is, I don't really remember much of the humor associated with this popular children's comic. I'm sure it was some fun and it was definitely a laugh for me as a child but don't ask me why I don't think so. I recall that the main character was a Clock man. I can't remember why he was named that although I do recall other bits and pieces.
The story began with an announcement that the Earth would be destroyed by some massive force in 9 seconds. The survivors would be caught in a giant Time Tunnel and the current timeline would commence again. I remember thinking that was pretty cool. I mean, we all know that time travel isn't possible but some people still like to think about it.
Anyway, this new "Doomsday Clock" was a huge success. Sales were through the roof and the cartoon was a huge hit. It seemed everybody wanted a copy of the series. I suppose it was partially due to a new series starring Tom Cruise and John Turturro as the lovable characters.
I know I had one when I was a kid. But, I'm retired now and rarely read comic books. Still, I did pick up the second book in the series. I'm not sure why I liked it so much, other than it featured a brand new hero (the Clock man) and it was written as a play within a play.
The premise of the play was that the clock did in fact stop. It didn't fall on its own or something of that nature. It started ticking away. As the play went on, it became obvious what the purpose behind the story was and why it was so important to our culture.
Our culture is obsessed with time. It seems that everybody is anxious to keep up with it. I know I am. I love to measure the passage of time and gauge my progress. I like to look at graphs and charts to see where I stand. It gives me a sense of power and control.
In times such as these, power and control seem to be paramount. We are all looking for answers to the problems of the world around us. Is it possible that we are looking in the wrong places? Is mankind losing its grip on the wheel of time? Those are questions that have haunted writers for centuries.
In the new version of the Doomsday Clock story, it is up to a team of scientists and engineers from the United States and other countries to avert an impending disaster. One scientist in particular is tasked with finding out just how close we are to annihilation. What has he discovered? That we are on the edge of annihilation, which is a fact he knows. The clock does begin ticking, but only temporarily.
The story is a psychological thriller at its best. It is written in a way that it makes you feel like you are not the only one feeling these emotions. There are many different types of people, from those who fear time itself to those who fear the unknown. In both groups there are those who believe in keeping things a little bit unknown. And for them, keeping the truth a little bit out is more understandable.
When it comes to keeping things a little bit out of the way, few things are better than the Internet. No matter what topic you are researching or dealing with, you can find dozens of articles written about it. They are written by experts and respected scholars. These articles are generally free of advertisements and other interferences. In fact, some of them are written by people who are angry with the very idea of publishing such material online.
One might wonder if it is better to publish such material online, rather than print it. After all, most people who would benefit from such materials are likely not going to have access to a high-speed Internet connection. Even if they do, many people will simply click away rather than spend time looking through any material. For this very reason, books printed on paper are still much more popular than material distributed over the Internet.
The Doomsday Clock is a great little piece of literature. It is entertaining and enlightening at the same time. It is certainly worth checking out. At least once a year, no matter what the subject, one can certainly make time pass without having to worry about the ticking of this particular timepiece.