Creepy public service comic book about bike safety (1972)

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In 1972 the Highway Safety Division of Virginia published a comic book for kids about bike safety called Danny and the Demoncycle . It stars a young sociopath named Danny who enjoys riding his bike in such as way as to cause the death of innocent people. He changes his ways after having a dream involving Satan and a "demoncycle" that takes him on a ride so wild that even Danny can't handle it. After that, he becomes an exemplary lad, following bicycle safety rules to the letter and admonishing anyone who doesn't.

This is the latest addition to the "Comics with Problems" library, curated by Ethan Persoff.


  1. best line from Danny after he gets all wise:

    Sorry Pal, no passengers! Doubling on a single bike is like suicide and murder!

  2. “After that, he becomes an exemplary lad, following bicycle safety rules to the letter and admonishing anyone who doesn’t.”

    So basically, no change.

    Do they still make Demoncycles?

  3. The absolute best part is towards the end, when we see Danny sporting a bad-@$$ beard and heading to meet up with his best pal Charlie Manson, eyes lit up like a kid at Christmas.


  4. “I’m not Satan, I’m Santa!”

    That last page portrait of grown-up Danny the Homeless Junkie Biker make me wonder what the Highway Safety Administration REALLY thought about cyclists…

  5. So this whole “killing people with the bike” thing is just youthful hijinks that Danny outgrew thanks to the Devil? Do the fundies know about this?

  6. Apparently, this is the plot to the new Star Trek movie.

    The evil “Mirror Universe” Spock goes back in time and crosses over to our universe to save the kid who’s Kirk’s great^10 grandfather, by gluing some fake devil horns to his head and giving Danny a high tech future bike.

    Or something.

  7. So it’s Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride from Disneyland, only with a car. We used to call the ride “Mr. Toad Goes to Hell.”

  8. “especially those new international signs that will help make our highways safer!”

    He’ll learn all the signs.

    The international signs are supposed to be intuitive to help non-english speakers know what to do when they see a sign, right?

    So what do you have to “learn” about an intuitive sign?

    Unless they’re not really intuitive….

    Things to ponder…

  9. “Hey, what’s a guy like me doing in an antiseptic dump like this?”

    Man, if I had a nickel for every time I’ve said that.

  10. Okay silver age DC Comics nerds. WHo was the artist? Its damn familiar stuff.

    Nick Cardy? Frank Springer?

  11. Anonymous@27: “Who was the artist? Its damn familiar stuff.”

    It has a Charlton vibe, I think. But I am not too familiar with the artists in that particular bullpen.

  12. “Say, you look like the Devil!”

    EXACTLY what I’m going to say when I see someone that looks like they could pass for Satan.

    And the suicide/murder line is pretty great too.

  13. One of the Nightmare on Elm Street movies has a “demon bike” death. Well, it’s with a motorcycle, but I guess Wes Craven really read his safety manuals as a kid…

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