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Junk Comix
solid writing
skilled art
historical bonus 2
total score 7
Junk Comix
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Are Your Highs...Down?
Only Printing / 1971 / 28 pages / Do City Productions
Apparently nobody knows who created Junk Comix, but it is also apparent that the creator was an ex-junkie who wanted to warn others about heroin addiction while driving home a few other points about society's view on the drug. The comic was published by Do City Productions, which never published anything else, which leads one to believe the book was self-published by the author.

Junk Comix leads off with "The Real Truth About Junk!", which not only rails against the cops, the rich folks, the rednecks and the lawyers, but also the revolutionaries and the pot smokers for their simplistic judgment about heroin users. Namely that the junkies are made into scapegoats and persecuted so everyone else "can feel better about their own nasty habits!" This point is echoed on the back cover, where the author declares "Most of these people out to help junkies are more fucked up than most junkies themselves."

Not that the author isn't honest about junkies too, as he cites the common traits of a heroin addict, including: they lie all the time, they have no self-esteem, and they'll do anything for their next high (grotesquely illustrated by the author). Junk Comix doesn't glorify the use of heroin or make it sound easy to quit, but it does deliver the message that junkies lead a miserable life and will ultimately have to rely on themeselves to quit using.

Of course, the medical community is there to lend a hand. The author shows a doctor injecting a convicted heroin user with the drug Naline (aka Naloxone), which causes anyone still using heroin to go into immediate withdrawal symptoms. This reaction alerts the doctor of the need for additional rehabilitation. (Naloxone is no longer used for this purpose because now there are more sophisticated testing methods.) The author doesn't make the doctors (or the courts, for that matter) out to be heroes or villains, but simply quantifies that a junkie will end up dealing with all manner of outside forces if he or she keeps using.

Junk Comix delivers all of these messages with a sense of humor (and in the underground style), unlike many other anti-drug comics. There is an especially amusing interlude presented as a TV commerical; "Nile Scarge Down at the Used Memory Lot," which innovatively proposes that people can trade in their existing memories for all new ones. "Each and every one of our memories is subjected to a rigorous examination before we put it on the shelf," the ad man pitches. "No other used memory salesman can make this claim!" A clever three pages.

Another story is "Joe Junkee Swears Off Again!", featuring an addict who thinks every heroin injection is going to be his last. Unfortunately, Joe can't sustain that commitment for more than a couple days, and even his superego persona can't stop him from scoring and using, which puts Joe right back at square one every time.

In "Hooked: Junkies Ain't the Only Addicts!", the author neatly summarizes the power of addiction: "The problem with all forms of addiction is that the stimulus ultimately takes control of the subject and disctates his actions independent of his well being. The addict is possessed by desire, the more he gets the more he wants. He can never get enough." Succintly stated. As the back cover says, "Why not read Junk Comix, the comic that gets down to the point with no fucking around!"
It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed. It has not been reprinted.

There is an ad on the inside front cover for goofy fake products, like "hob nail clown shoes" and "halitosis chewing gum." While the products are obviously fake, the P.O. box in Perth Amboy, New Jersey is not (it is still an active P.O. Box). The New Jersey address and the "Do City Productions" logo (which features a tiny drawing that almost looks like a map of Raritan Bay between Jersey and New York) makes me think the author is from an urban area in New Jersey, which wouldn't be surprising for a heroin junkie.
The creator is currently unknown