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One of his most dastardly villains ever.

Yup. In 1971 the U.S. government (through the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare) actually asked Stan Lee to include an anti-drug arc in the incredibly popular Spider-Man comics. Which means Peter Parker is exactly as strait edge as you think he is. The success of the message is dubious, but it is kind of funny to look at now (via).

Harry Osborne wasn't too lucky.

He was addicted to "relaxers", which seemed to have a psychedelic effect but were also making him lose his mind. He was sick enough that his father Norman was actually deterred from getting revenge on Spider-Man. The Comics Code was also altered after Spider Man #98 was released (since it hadn't addressed drug use before); after that drugs were only allowed to be depicted in a negative light. Way to ruin it for everyone Spider-Man.

Then there's this dramatic showdown.

Because a scene with Jonas wouldn't be complete without an unnecessary argument.
All joking aside though, substance abuse is a real problem. And while the comic definitely lacked a lot of the nuance it probably would have needed to get a real message across, it was a pretty heroic thing to do.
That's right Troy.
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@shannonl5 I think it was approaching the 70s when they realized that the "sex, drugs, and rock-n-roll" image was starting to have a major influence on youth. I seem to remember hearing that before that, it was thought to be an "adult problem". They started trying to find ways, including comic books, to battle it. I think that's also where Red Ribbon Week and after school specials got their start.
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@BeannachtOraibh yeah, this was early 70s so that makes sense. I think they were also feeling threatened by the youth culture of the period and they were trying to win over young voters before they actually became voters? Probably not with this comic though XD
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Well, consider who wrote it, too. Hasn't Stan Lee always had some slight anti-establishment tilt?
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@BeannachtOraibh definitely! Comes with the territory of being a Jewish New Yorker during WWII I think
2 years agoReply
@shannonl5 this is pretty funny lol especially that first picture 馃槃 but I do agree that substance abuse is a big problem and not just in America but worldwide.
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