This crime comics story is a cautionary tales, preaching to the readers about the dangers of drug addiction. I was never tempted by hard drugs. My addiction is coffee...caffeine. Give me my caffeine or I’ll start bustin’ heads!
Times have changed. Marijuana is legalized in some states, with probably more to come, but heroin is still not a drug anyone should mess with. The history of drug addiction goes back even further than this 1953 tale, when drugs like heroin, morphine, cocaine, were available on druggists’ shelves. They turned many people into addicts before the law stepped in and banned their sale. You can read about it here in this excerpt from the book, They Laughed When I Sat Down, by Frank Rowsome, Jr.: “A spoonful of opium helps the medicine go down”.
Now, man, pass me that pot...of coffee.
From Wanted Comics #51 (1953), drawn by Mort Leav: