That time Mickey Mouse was a Drug Dealer

By

30th Jul, 2013

In the 1950s, non-medical use of stimulant and sedative drugs was widely accepted and promoted in the mainstream media– so widely in fact that they even made it into a children’s Walt Disney 1951 comic book starring Mickey Mouse as a speed dealer who just loves his own product.

In ‘Mickey Mouse and the Medicine Man’, Mickey and Goofy try a new medicine called ‘Peppo’, representing a brand of amphetamine (speed). In a time of fierce commercial competition between pharmaceutical companies that helped drive amphetamine consumption higher, Mickey and Goofy become brand evangelists for Peppo and end up pushing the drug in Africa! While trying to hustle their product, the pair run into some drug rivalry with another local dealer, ‘the medicine man’, who has doped his entire village on “hash”.

You’ll have to read it to believe it, so get ready for a Walt Disney adventure with Mickey Mouse, or should I say Mickey Meth?

Read the full comic here

:::

YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE:

.

You Might Also Like

Comments

More in NostalgiaTime travel

Hot Off the Press

Editor's Picks

skateboardinginiran

Skateboarding in Iran & other Unlikely Terrains

I'm not sure how I've managed to surf the internet for this long without discovering the gang of traveling skateboarders who scour the earth, documenting their quest to find the most 0ff-beat pl...

Trending 610
caverestp

13 Things I Found on the Internet Today (Vol. LXX)

1. A Pastel-colored Trailer Park "A perfect summer day, sunny and warm in the Owens River Valley. We stumbled across this trailer court in either Lone Pine or Independence & have not been able ...

Trending 17,151
tokyobath14

An Intimate Look inside a 1950s Tokyo Bath House

Caution, this post will make you feel like a bit of a peeping Tom. We're about to take a rather voyeuristic tour of a Japanese bath house in the year 1951, with LIFE photographer Michael Rougier. It...

Trending 32,075