When Joe Quesada eliminated all representations of smoking years ago at Marvel, he took a major stand against a propaganda campaign that Marvel had pushed for years.
In the 1970’s, an era of rampant drug use and the dissolution of the nuclear family, Mighty Marvel’s Bullpen was at the front lines of the corruption of the American mind. Here, the so-called Incredible Hulk delivers a not-so-subtle message to troubled youth.
Nuclear power was sold as safe and friendly to the American public – and the minds of children were an atomic battleground. If you need any more proof that the military-industrial complex was pushing nuclear power to children, just look at what they were up to in 1974!
Things didn’t get any better in comic books in the 1980’s. Children were still bombarded with moral relativism and other heinous activities in the form of seemingly innocent messages from pop icons.
As we examine the moral turpitude of comic books, we must never forget the new low reached by DC in the 2000’s. When Marvel’s Editor In Chief Joe Quesada banned all depictions of smoking, DC moved to capture the youth smoking market by unveiling the new JSA – The Juvenile Smoking Association.
In this reprehensible title, all characters constantly chain-smoked, often winning victories over their villians through their superhuman, nicotine-enhanced abilities. Featured revisions of classic DC characters in this outrage included Smokerman, Buttman, Hackman & Hackwoman, ‘Reds’ Lantern, the Black Lung Canary, and a version of the Flash that could smoke a carton in the blink of an eye.
Even as DC continued to promote smoking to children with The Juvenile Smoking Association, Marvel struck even harder with this piece of muck-raking work exposing the manipulation of children into massive amounts of over-priced sugar consumption using toys and trinkets and other “free” promotions.
It didn’t stop with Marvel and DC, though – this war on the values of our children. With violence at school on the rise, Image moved to capture the violent youth market by publishing ultra-violent and satanic titles like Spawn. They filled the books with advertising funded by pro-violence special interests. This ad shows how guns and violence were pushed upon minors as a form of acceptable entertainment years before video games like Grand Theft Auto and the new Wii M-16 Assault Rifle became so popular.