Here’s a Fun Siegel and Shuster Story.
I love some of the non-Superman S&S stuff. Slam Bradley is awesome, of course, but Federal Men and I, Spy are gems too.
Take this Federal Men from Adventure Comics #39.
Wow, theft and thrill-killings. What could have turned such nattily dressed young-gentlemen into hooligans?
My word, the very idea. In case you haven’t guessed, this story is basically a “tamer”, Proto Reefer Madness. Let’s look at the rest, shall we.
Steve wastes no time in questioning our young scallywags:
Clearly, the kids are going to get off scot free. I mean, it’s the reefer what did it, yeah?
You all see where this is going, right? Be gentle – pot kills brain cells, y’know.
You have to love the subtle class issues here – it’s not the teaching staff or a fellow upper-class student, but a dirty, filthy custodian who is distributing the dreaded reefer.
Look, I don’t toke. Never have. It just doesn’t appeal to me. But the portrayal of Marijuana as something that will make you go off on a thrillkilling spree is just… laughable. Even more so when you consider that this is from an era when smoking regular cigarettes was considered good for you, and when a wetbar in the home was de rigueur.