Marijuana, the assassin of youth, leads to: Degradation! Crime! Madness!

Hysteria surrounded marijuana as a perceived gateway drug from the 1930s to the 1950s and beyond. Comics by Superman’s creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, and works by Frank Frazetta, Jerry Robinson, Jack Kirby, and many more, reveal the social reaction to this era of Reefer Madness.

Like the anti-drug propaganda film, these stories range from comically misinformed to soberly concerned about the influence of “Satan’s cigarettes” on the youth of America.

Two time Eisner Award winner Craig Yoe brings us this collection of wacky, wild, and culturally relevant comics.

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