Comic Book Legends Revealed #443
COMIC LEGEND: There was a DC Comics supervillain in the 1980s who was powered by cocaine.
Reader Steven W. wrote in about this one literally one month ago, asking if it was true that
DC during the late 80’s debuted a super villain powered (or power of?) by cocaine in the New Guardians.
New Guardians was a book that spun out of the Millennium crossover in 1988. Steve Englehart created it and was the initial writer on the series and Joe Staton drew it. It starred a multi-ethnic team of heroes and Englehart clearly made a point of trying to bring in edgy real world issues into the title, although with a superhero twist, of course.
One of the first plots was the heroes dealing with the fact that they all might have been infected with HIV (two of the members, Jet and Extrano, ultimately WERE infected). However, instead of by more traditional means of infection, they got infected when a villain named Hemogoblin bit them…
Similarly, in the second issue, Englehart dealt with the cocaine boom of the 1980s by introducing a new villain named Snowflame, a cocaine-addicted drug lord…
Wait until you see how he powers up…
Okay, that’s all sorts of strange.
#2 was Englehart’s last issue on the series.
The series ended up being short-lived, lasting just twelve issues, but it has certainly left a mark on American comic book history.
Thanks to Steven for the suggestion!
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