Tinsley’s own comic book collection spans nearly 200,000 items, with features ranging from 1943 C.C. Beck to 1954 EC Comics. For him, reading stories and drawing comic art have often served as a fearless escape.
“It releases a lot of stress when you can come home, grab your comic book and go into a completely different world that doesn’t seem to have anything to do with what your life has been like,” Tinsley said. “And when certain aspects of life can be so dramatic, I can use some of these parts of everyday life and turn them into a story.”
When reflecting on his decadeslong career in medicine and his love of science fiction and comic books, Tinsley found that the biggest piece of advice he could share with future medical students is to make sure they go into their chosen field for the right reasons and to be altruistic, much like the superheroes featured in his comic collection. Just as the comic industry is adapting to evolving press methods, updated desktop publishing and electronic media, medicine, too, is advancing at a rapid pace.
“Keep reevaluating the science and keep changing,” Tinsley said. “Never stop learning.”