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Degradation! Crime! Madness! Hysteria surrounded marijuana as a perceived gateway drug from the 1930's to the 1950's and beyond. Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster revealed it in their scarce early Federal Men; Kirby revealed it in early romance comics; Dollman, Yankee Boy, Kerry Drake, even Abbie and Slats preached the evils of a few tokes. Like the anti-drug propaganda film, these stories range from comically misinformed to soberly concerned about the influence of Mary Jane on the youth of America. Eisner and Harvey Award winner Craig Yoe brings us his newest collection of wacky, wild, and culturally relevant comics.
See how marijuana was perceived in the days of ignorance before it was legalized by the visionary people of Oregon, Washington, and Colorado!
Caig has searched far and wide for many unusual examples to include here. There's the classic "Hopped-Up Killer" and "Satan's Cigarettes," but we also find Siegel and Shuster's Federal Men from Adventure Comics #39, 1939. And two long newspaper strip sequences, Raeburn Van Buren's Abbie and Slats offers an offbeat story as well as beautiful art. And the second newspaper take is from Kerry Drake circa 1948, by Alfred Andriola.
Another unusual story is "Dope Menace" by the Wonder Woman artist Ross Andru, from Mister Universe #3, 1951.
Also with work here are George Tuska, Mort Meskin (working with Jerry Robinson on the classic 1949 story "Satan's Cigarettes"), Syd Shores from Wanted Comics Holiday of Horror!" by writer Bill Woolfolk and artist Mort Leav, also from Wanted. Kinstler offers us "My Scandalous Affair!" which opens with high school kids trying out joints and going on a crazed drive. Bad girls and bad boys, this was your ticket to wickedness and depravity!
All in a handsome softcover complete with cover flaps. Craig Yoe and Steven Thompson offer us a nice long introduction that carries us from 1930s crime magazines to R. Crumb's works, with wonderful reproductions of pulp covers, lurid paperbacks, three 1950s Reefer Madness films...and of course Teen-Aged Dope Slaves, with a rare reproduction of the original artwork for that rare comic book's cover.
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Item Code REEFM Publisher Dark Horse Publish Date 2018 ISBN 9781506702278 Binding Soft Cover Dimensions 9x11 # Pages 200pg Color Full Color