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How much do you want to bet that the phrase “Only dopes use dope!” worms its way into this comic? – The New Teen Titans vs. Drugs

December 21, 2010

The is the for-sale version of DC’s second 1980’s anti-drug comic featuring the Teen Titans — the free versions were given away in schools. I think I have a copy of the other one hanging around somewhere. Perhaps that can be fodder for a future post.

This comic, though a superhero “Just say no” diatribe, has more of the feel of a romance comic. The main character, a recovering addict, is seduced away from a nice girl by a pink-haired floozy who shares her drugs with him and only uses the lad to make her pusher boyfriend jealous, and all the while the Titans (Cyborg, Starfire, Kid Flash, et al.) flit in and out of the story. That’s about all you need to know about the plot. Here are some highlights of the entire issue, including the feature, “Battle!,” written by Marv Wolfman with art by Ross Andru and Joe Giella …

The inside front cover has then-First Lady Nancy Reagan’s seal of approval:

We can debate the effectiveness of old people telling young people not to do drugs, much in the same way we can roll our eyes at Michelle Obama’s thin-rich-person spiel in favor of organic gardening and against sugary drinks. But it’s the thought that counts, I suppose.

This one is riddled with endless moralizing sermons from the Titans. It seems that every time they show up there’s a lecture in the offing, even when they’re in the midst of real honest-to-goodness crimefighting. To wit:

And:

Yawn.

The best part of the entire issue is a cocaine spill in the school bathroom and its immediate aftermath:

Visions of Barney Gumble sucking spilled beer out of shag carpeting are dancing through my head.

The issue ends with some exercises that kids can do to develop their anti-drug repertoire. Here’s one:

It’s kind of like those old Mad Libs. Remember those, and how much fun it was as a kid to insert as many profanities as possible into each sentence? Here I’m tempted to put “Go f*** yourself!” into every word balloon.

I’m skeptical, as always, of the efficacy of comics of this ilk. Its heart is in the right place, though.

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  1. Thelonious Nick permalink
    December 21, 2010 11:31 am

    For some reason I never encountered this comic in school. But I can say that nothing made me want to try drugs more than going to one of the anti-drug/scared straight-type rallies that my elementary/middle/high school periodically held, an activity I otherwise had no real interest in. I can only imagine this comic would have had the same effect.

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