Now my love of comic books is expressed through digital acquisition of the rare and the weird. Now I can get my hands on comic books I probably never dreamed I would in their physical form. Wonderfully strange pre-code items, rare propaganda pieces, and knee-jerk reactionary public information releases only printed in small runs. I was digging through the Weird Retro archives, and realized I still have a lot of comic books. Even if they are in digital form now, they are just as precious as the bagged and boarded ones I kept under the stairs. Most of which have yet to see the digital light of day on Weird Retro, as I’m not always sure others share my obsessive love of these ephemeral things. However back in the early days of Weird Retro on facebook I did post a whole bunch of examples related to the theme of drug use, and the fears around the youth of America being sucked into this dark world. I was originally going to do a ‘From The Archives’ piece on the Captain’s Blog, but there were so many it became an article.
Users Are Losers: A History Of Drugs In Comic Books - From the Weird Retro archive, a list of some of the best and worst of comic books about the dangers of drugs on the youth of America.