In the 1960's and 70's there were a lot of comic books that preached a message. Many of you may remember the Evangelical Archie comics back in the day. My favorites, however, were the anti-drug comic books. Why? Because they were so hardcore - when they showed what happens when you take illegal drugs, they went all out! Not just an arrest or losing a job, no sir, that was too tame. I'm talkin' horrific deaths! I'm talkin lives spiralling madly out of control, culminating in tragedies of Shakespearian proportions! Go ahead and read your little Captain Marvel comics - that's child's play. I'm reading anti-drug comics!
In this 1966 comic "Hooked", distributed by NYC methadone clinics, it all begins with a simple drag of pot. I've mentioned in another post that I don't believe marijuana is a gateway drug; however, it can't be argued that someone willing to break the law and try an illegal substance is more prone to experiment with a harder drug as time goes by. The claim that marijuana itself can somehow drive a person to hard drugs has never been scientifically proven...... but I'll get off my soapbox now and move along.
But wait a minute!.....
Wrong. Eddie's back to his old tricks again.
I told you things were going to get ugly. This may be one of the most disturbing comic book panels I've ever seen. Jeanie, spaced-out and contorted on the bed, and Eddie, unrepentent and downright demonic looking,... it's hideous. What a message: don't do pot, or you'll wind up turning your girlfriend into a drug addicted zombie.
Make that a drug addicted zombie prostitute. Yes, thanks to Eddie, Jeanie now has to get their drug money prostituting herself. Needless to say, this sort of thing never happened in Archie Comics. Although, an issue where Archie gets hooked and Betty must sell her body for their drug habit would've been interesting.
Eventually, Jeanie overdoses on heroin and croaks...