Thursday, April 20, 2017

Reefer Madness Comics

Six times for me and it was 36 years ago. That's all. Didn't do anything for me at all so I figured, why bother? That said, I had great fun working on this new book with Craig Yoe. I did a lot of the research for the introductory text and some of the writing.

For Immediate Release. 

4/20 Announcement: Reefer Madness Hits the World of Lurid Comic Book Collections

4/20, April 20th, celebrates marijuana in some smokey circles and there are calls across America for legalization, while some at the Federal Government level resoundly condemn the controversial weed. 

Degradation! Crime! Madness! Hysteria surrounded marijuana as a perceived gateway drug from the 1930's to the 1950's and beyond! Reefer Madness Comics takes it’s name from the infamous anti-drug propaganda film. This full color volume collects Pre-Code over-the-top comics about how evil weed turns innocent teenagers into suicidal hot-rodders, crazed ax murderers—and worse—pot makes our youth sexually permissive!  

Stories Include Satan’s Cigarettes, Dope Menace and I Was Teenage Racket Girl for Hollywood! The art is by greats like Frank Frazetta, Jack “King” Kirby and you’ll see the work of Superman’s creator Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster in these lurid tales! You’ll witness superhero, romance, crime and government propaganda comics all exposing the weed with its roots in Hell! See how marijuana was perceived in the days of ignorance before it was legalized by the visionary people of Oregon, Washington, and Colorado!

Eisner Award winner and old hippie Craig Yoe brings us his newest collection of wacky, wild, and culturally relevant and always entertaining comics. Yoe says, "This is one of the most fun books I've ever put together. Some of the writers and artists that created these comics must have been smoking something to concoct these ludicrous and looney tales of youth gone bad! The comics will serve up lots of lusty laughs for those who partake of contraband 'giggle-smoke.' Others attempting to snuff-out wicked marijuana cigarettes, that they are sure unleash unbridled passions, will see these comics as moral tales of dire warning!"

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