Remember that Han Solo prequel movie that’s part of the new expanded universe Disney wants to create (by tossing out the old one)? Well there’s a snag as thanks to some backstage arguing it just lost the two directors for the movie. What does this mean for the movie? It’s still coming but you have to imagine Solo fans will have to wait a little longer.
There’s a section of the second chapter of Seduction Of The Innocent I didn’t go over because the darn thing ran two parts to begin with. That’s more than Chapter By Chapter ever gets for a single chapter. It’s like the opposite of The Black Stallion’s Ghost where I actually combined chapters. The section was on comics involving drugs and one comic he brought up was Teen-Age Dope Slaves, which is actually Harvey Comics Library #1, but if he can’t figure out Superman I don’t expect him to understand the bizarre titling system of 1950s comics. Whiz Comics #2 is the first issue for example.
When adolescent drug addiction had finally come to public attention, it led to the publication of lurid new comic books devoted entirely to the subject, like the one with the title, Teen-Age Dope Slaves. This is nothing but another variety of crime comic of a particularly deplorable character.
So I had to check this book out, because it’s the closest thing to a source name I’ve seen in this book, and I have to wonder if Fredric Wertham even bothered to look into it. This is not a comic that is going to push kids into drugs. Nothing about this comic makes drugs look cool. You know why? IT’S AN ANTI-DRUG PSA COMIC! Wertham seems to come from the “ignore it and it will go away” school which is funny considering that one woman who thought ignoring the neighborhood kids molesting girls and breaking into houses was the answer and was surprised to see things keep getting worse. How stupid can you be? The only thing that comes from not warning kids about drugs is that they won’t be prepared when they’re offered the stuff and are told how cool it is to see planets shooting out of your fingernails based on what color they turned. And you wonder why I have issues with the psychiatric community? With the past few years I’ve had I could probably use some therapy but guys like this is why I’d rather not.
But back to the comic. The story features comic strip character Rex Morgan, MD, the creation of two comic creators and a doctor who doesn’t want to be named. I’ve never really read the comic so I can’t tell you anything about it. What’s important is this comic, as Rex and his nurse (and future wife from what I just read), June Gale, are drawn into the life of a promising young football star who becomes addicted to drugs. I don’t know if this was created for Harvey Comics Library or not, but it’s written like a newspaper strip, in that you have things being repeated that the reader should already know from a few pages back. The question is how off the mark was Wertham with this one? To be honest I though this was a visit to crazy town. I was surprised.
Harvey Comics Library #1
Harvey Comics (April, 1952)
“Teen-Age Dope Slaves”
(so when did we lose the hyphen in “teenage”?)
WRITER: Nicholas Dallis?
PENCILERS: Marvin Bradley [as Bradley] & Frank Edgington [as Edgington]
INKERS: Marvin Bradley [as Bradley] & Frank Edgington [as Edgington]
This is all the credits you got from comics in those days and I can’t help but think Comic Book +, the website I got this from, was guessing on some of the credits they gave at the time. Oh don’t worry, these comics are in public domain, so you can read this one along with me free and legal.
Dragon Ball Z #6
originally published by Shueisha, Inc (1983)
“A Warrior In Hell”
produced by Bird Studio
WRITER/ARTIST: Akira Toriyama
ENGLISH ADAPTATION: Gerard Jones
TRANSLATION: Lillian Olsen
TOUCH-UP ART/LETTERING: Wayne Truman
EDITOR: Trish Ledoux
No, no the TV show host, although I have to admit I don’t understand this one either. DC may be unwilling to do crossovers with Marvel anymore but they’ll apparently do it with anyone else, including a former Marvel-licensed series. ICv2 is reporting that DC is having Wonder Woman join forces with currently Dark Horse-licensed Conan The Barbarian. Considering the Conan franchise takes place a really long time ago, and not in any normal dimension (granted that didn’t stop Marvel from doing a storyline where Conan traveled to the modern DCU), how are they going to get together?
Yesterday we looked at the first part of this chapter, as Wertham described crime comics as any comic depicting crime, and if you think it was limited to police and detective stories you’re going to be surprised. I’m hoping that this won’t take a third part, as Wertham also puts superhero comics, jungle comics, and Westerns under the “crime comic” banner. That does kind of make sense…but how do romance comics fit in? Well let’s just right in to where we left off and find out. Follow along if you can.
Marvel Comics (May, 1997)
WRITER: Kurt Busiek
PENCILER: Mark Bagley
INKER: Vince Russell
COLORIST: Joe Rosas
LETTERING: Dave Lanphear & OG
EDITOR: Tom Brevoort