M*A*S*H Crosses the Line

Posted on August 25, 2009
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We leave the TV on to the Hallmark Channel for our dog many days, which means that I leave the house to the Golden Girls and generally arrive home to M*A*S*H. The episode that is on right now is one of the earlier ones with BJ Honeycutt and Colonel Potter. There is a scene where Frank Burns is searching Radar’s desk and pulling out comic books. The only problem – these are clearly 70′s era Marvel Comics, including The Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers, characters that wouldn’t be created for almost a decade after the Korean War ended.

I may not know a lot of American history, but I know my comics. When this was filmed, back issues were cheap. Would it have killed them to send a prop assistant out to get some actual 50′s era books?

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  1. James Slusher on August 28th, 2009 6:15 am

    You’ve got problems running so deep they defy any attempt to even describe them.

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  3. hugh on August 28th, 2009 9:04 pm

    Looks to not be the only time they got comic books wrong, see
    http://www.finest-kind.net/interact/anachronisms.php
    I note they don’t have the one you spotted.

    On the other hand, if you see M*A*S*H as a commentary on the Vietnam war, the anachronisms are more a tip of the hand.