4 Comics to Make Your 4/20 the Trippiest Ever!
Tomorrow is the unofficial holiday for fans of lighting up. In honor of the date, we’ve selected 4 comics that are guaranteed to make your 4/20 the trippiest April 20th of all-time!
#4 Grant Morrison’s Doom Patrol
In 1998 DC Comics brought back the World’s Strangest Superheroes- the Doom Patrol. Paul Kupperberg was tasked with the revival. However, sales weren’t as dynamic as DC had hoped. Also, DC was planning a new imprint of books that would be more edgy, more unusual and a lot more adult.
To help usher in that era of comics, later called Vertigo, DC hired British wunderkind, Grant Morrison who was making quite the reputation for himself as the master of the mayhem in the pages of 2000 AD. Starting with #19, Morrison took the Doom Patrol into the furthest reaches of the mind to the point some fans say reading his Doom Patrol is the closest one will ever get to reading a LSD trip. Introducing an unusual array of characters such as the butterfly torturing Red Jack and the absurd Brotherhood of Dada, we’d have to agree.
#3 Gingerdead Man Meets Evil Bong #1
This comic book from Action Lab is based on the 2013 horror movie Gingerdead Man Vs. Evil Bong. This is the story of a homicidal gingerbread cookie that wants to destroy a head shop protected by a murderous bong. Sorry, we can’t say that word- it’s a water pipe! Written by AmeriKarate‘s Brockton McKinney with art by Sergio Rios, this idea could have only be brought about by a massive case of the munchies!
#2 Harley Quinn Annual #1
This 2014 annual went a step further than any other Harley Quinn comic book before it. This annual had certain panels that were scratch and sniff. One of the smells was pot and we’re not talking terra cotta here!
The Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner production was so controversial that in England, while the smell of marijuana was kept in the book, all advertisement had to be changed to call the scent ‘lawn clippings.’ The pot leaf on the cover was changed to a Christmas tree! Even the interiors had to reflect this change due to the U.K.’s strict laws about drug use in comic books.
While there was no THC used in the printing of this annual, it was the first time for many ever getting a whiff of what weed smelled like. Thankfully, there have been no reports of people lighting up and smoking the annual.
#1 Reefer Madness
Inspired by the classic propaganda film of the 1930s, this Yoe Books collection features over a dozen stories about Satan’s Lettuce. These tales from the late 1930s through 1950s sometimes glorifies, sometimes demonizes; but always sensationalizes pot culture.
Featuring the talents of Joe Shuster, Jerry Siegel, Jack Kirby, Jerry Robinson and many more, this collection technically hit stories a couple of days ago. But some comic book stores have opted to wait until 4/20 to roll out the book. And NO- pun not intended.
And there you have it. 4 comics that will keep your next 4/20 from going up in smoke. Pun Intended this time. If you have a suggestion for this list, please leave us a blurb in the comment section below!
About Reefer Madness:
Story and Art by Jerry Siegel, Joel Shuster, Jack Kirby, Various
Edited by Craig Roe
Publication Date: April, 2018
Not Rated, but suggested for Mature Readers
Degradation! Crime! Madness! Hysteria surrounded marijuana as a perceived gateway drug from the 1930’s to the 1950’s and beyond. Adventure Comics, by 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 Mary Jane on the youth of America. Eisner and Harvey Award winner Craig Yoe brings us his newest collection of wacky, wild, and culturally relevant comics.
See how marijuana was perceived in the days of ignorance before it was legalized by the visionary people of Oregon, Washington, and Colorado!
See marijuana demonized as a “Satan’s cigarettes” in 1950’s comics!