Pulp: Drugs, Sex and Scandal

In the next installment of Our Junky Forefathers, we’re going to lighten things up a bit. Drugs have always been a source of intrigue for the mass public. Despite the fact that my warped sense of reality has a hard time believing that not everybody makes drugs a regular part of their daily lives, the truth of the matter is, they don’t. So naturally, there is going to be a fair amount of curiosity, speculation and eventually assumption. The government uses this lack of first-hand experience to their advantage. They make up outlandish claims and far-fetched stories, with the intent to dissuade anyone from finding out for themselves firsthand. And many people, being glutton for hysteria, willingly believe these claims, and no-doubt exaggerate them as well. Top the whole thing off with second or third hand accounts from actual drug users about overdose and crime and back-alley encounters in the middle of the night, and you got all the makings for some great entertainment. Pulp was one of the first forms of media to jump on the drug bandwagon. In fact, pulp and drugs kind of go hand-in-hand, so long as the drug users are shed in a negative light. People love stories about other people whose lives they consider worse off then their own. From books to magazines, TV shows and cinema, we just can’t get enough of it. And most people are in agreement that anyone who does drugs must have a terrible life (I actually think I’ve got a pretty awesome life, thank you very much. But for this blog, we’ll leave it at that). When you throw in the voyeuristic element of a taboo that most people would never dream of experiencing first hand, you’ve got a real moneymaker on your hands.

The fifth installment of Our Junky Forefathers is photo collection of some of the campiest, most outrageous and at times hysterical, pulp covers featuring our favorite topic… drugs! I’m happy to present…

Pulp: Drugs, Sex and Scandal!

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