“You’ve caused a notable effect on cultural consciousness.” — that’s what one of True‘s readers said, one of hundreds and hundreds of you who wrote to say that Mike Peters’ popular Mother Goose & Grimm comic strip featured a “Get Out of Hell Free” card.
True: the GOOHF cards are getting enough circulation now that the concept is getting pretty mainstream. They’re even figuring in TV shows now and then. I dropped Mike Peters a note asking if he’d like some cards, but never heard back from him.
In November 2007, the TV show Reaper featured a Get Out of Hell Free card. Every time that episode re-runs, I get a few dozen emails from readers who spotted it.
The GOOHF card is also an ongoing plot device in the “Secret Six” comic, starting in 2009:
And As a Heads Up to DC Comics: the only “genuine” Get Out of Hell Free card is the one that shows a registered trademark and copyright — mine!