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  • Many, many comics published by DC during the Silver Age. Prime examples are any Superman-related comic from the 1950s or anything involving Bob Haney. And the Jimmy Olsen series, (which, according to this list, also contained vast galloping herd of Unfortunate Implications.)
  • Marvel did in the inside art what DC did in the covers. Artists like Steve Ditko (who doesn't even consume alcohol), and to a lesser extent, Jack Kirby, famously created some trippy concepts. Then there is Jim Steranko, who was one of the first artists allowed to write his own stories simply because no one else could write anything approaching his level of WTFery. It helped that his stories had included some veiled anti-drug elements. Doctor Strange in particular made use of such psychedelic terrain imagery, that although it wasn't made on drugs, it was mentioned to be a popular comic for drug-users.
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  • You'd think the comics of Jhonen Vasquez were made on something. Then you listen to his interviews and you realize he just draws whatever he thinks is funniest. Then there's Fillerbunny and Wobbly-Headed Bob.
  • Almost anything by Grant Morrison. What surprises many, though, is that everything he wrote before Doom Patrol was written while he was straight-edge. This includes Animal Man, Zenith and Arkham Asylum: A Serious House on Serious Earth. Arkham was primarily written late at night after long periods of no sleep, to take advantage of the resultant hallucinations (See Salvador Dalí below). Around the time he was writing Doom Patrol he began experimenting with psychoactives. Morrison has mentioned that he's less into drugs and more into chaos magic, which is where the majority of his trippiness comes from.
    • Batman RIP contained a full issue of Batman getting high off of weapons-grade heroin, dressing up in a red and purple Batsuit and calling himself "The Batman of Zurr-en-Arrh" while beating criminals up with a baseball bat and talking to Bat-Mite, who may or may not have been a product of said weapons-grade heroin. This was an elaborate throwback to an obscure Silver Age-era story about Batman getting superpowers on Planet X, which was equally as trippy.
  • See the bit immediately above about Grant Morrison? Same deal with anything by Alan Moore, but with added Gnostic theory, obscure literary references, and erotica.
    • This would be Alan "expelled from school for selling LSD" Moore?
  • Bucky Barnes: The Winter Soldier, Bucky's post Original Sin series, in which he takes old Nick Fury's place as the 'Man on the Wall', assassinating threats to Earth before they even happen could have read like a sci-fi version of the Bourne trilogy, which his previous series somewhat resembled. Instead, it reads like a 70s sci-fi written after an epic combined binge of hallucinogenics, Norse mythology, and the entire oeuvre of David Bowie. In one issue, Bucky is actually hallucinating as he confronts Old Loki, having been shot with a bullet that promptly injected him with drugs from the planet Mer-Z-Bow.
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  • If the Doom comic is not a Stealth Parody, this seems to be the next logical conclusion.
  • Carla Speed-McNeil's comic book series Finder may or may not be set on Earth in the distant future and features feathered dinosaurs who teach university courses, a college student minoring in anthropology and majoring in prostitution, a character who dreams of reuniting with his long lost father in the form of a locked outhouse, domed cities with pedestrian traffic jams and apartment buildings carved out of living trees ...and the author is a happily married woman with two kids (and a lot of weird interests).
  • A former page image was from a series named Mighty Samson, which is your typical fantasy barbarian series à la Conan the Barbarian — but it takes place After the End in the postapocalyptic land of N'Yaark, which is overrun with mutants, monsters, and Mix-and-Match Critters.
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  • Marvel Star Wars comics were all over the place in quality, and some issues were... out there. Many, many cat aliens, the psychic energy-eating rabbits called Hoojibs, the eight-foot green Lepus Carnivorous, a rather inane superweapon, and just in general some very odd plots and characters.
  • The Umbrella Academy has the Breakfast Monkey. Gerard Way wasn't doing drugs yet when he created The Breakfast Monkey.
  • Radioactively grown turtles that fight as ninjas and eat pizza.
  • Neil Gaiman's The Sandman series has a good few stories like this. Especially Despair and Delirium's chapters in Endless Nights.
  • The DCU "New Guardians" mini-series has a cast of racial and ethnic stereotypes that frequently talk about sleeping with as many people as possible. The 2nd issue has Snowflame, a drug dealing supervillain that worships cocaine as a god and snorts to gain superpowers, so everyone wanted him to win. And all this from a comic that tried to talk about real world issues.
  • The Italian comic book world has Silvia Ziche, a writer and artist who pretty much specializes in this kind of stories. Some of her hits are:
    • Written for the Disney Ducks Comic Universe, the Papernovela, a parody of the never-ending South American soap operas, has Scrooge deciding to put together a soap opera with him, his family and his friends as the cast and a minimalistic plot based on him giving them a vague outline (he's a millionaire and they are his greedy relatives, and he decides to test them by seeing if they could do the right thing with a dime, a bar of soap, a consumed pencil, a nail, a small mirror, a button and some twine, but a sudden laryngitis makes him mute before he could tell them the prize and he forgot how to write) and them improvising. Hilarity Ensues:
      • Rockerduck's Mind Screw attempt at infiltrating the set;
      • Gladstone invents a Secret Identity for his character: a masked avenger who steals from the rich to give to the poor, but gives back the loot immediately because now his victim is poor. Then he robs them again because they're rich;
      • One of the Beagle Boys sneaks in the set... Masked as the lost twin of Huey, Dewey and Louie's characters. The disguise is good, but he's more like Gus' size than theirs... And upon being unmasked, he invents himself as a member of a family of thieves with a feud with Scrooge's characters. Cue the Beagle Boys in the cast. Oh, and Rockerduck too. Because he protested being excluded, and Scrooge couldn't care anymore;
      • Duckburg's mayor barging on the set to tell his wife he finally painted the fence. Then everyone in Duckburg doing the same... Only to realize that nobody was watching them in TV and leave;
      • The Jungle Episodes;
      • Scrooge is selling the Noodle Implements, as the citizens are convinced that whoever solves the enigma will become Scrooge's heir. Cue Rockerduck's inane solution... And Jubal Pomp weaponizing them to try and murder Scrooge. He then tried to claim the reward because he was genuinely convinced to be right (and missed Scrooge on purpose because he's no murderer);
      • During Jubal's attempts on Scrooge's life, someone had to guard him. But who? Easy: a bunch of cops armed to the teeth (we see one with a bazooka and one with a large missile, Paperinik and Paperinika (who are superheroes), Gladstone's character, and Huey, Dewey and Louie's characters in Civvie Spandex. The superheroes (true and false) are somewhat effective, and capture Jubal... But the cops are so busy watching the show they forgot why they were there;
      • The Yeti appears for a couple episodes played by the actual Yeti... And Actor!Yeti convinces most of the cast to go on a strike. Except Donald, who has too many debts for that. So Donald makes an alien invasion-themed episode by himself, and it works;
      • Magica decides to play a character herself, so she barges in. Then Scrooge accidentally gives her the #1 Dime instead of a random one. Cue epic chase;
      • The mayor forces Scrooge to end the soap opera. Why? Because it was so popular that everyone was too engrossed by it and its enigma to work. Cue Gecko Ending, angry mob, and Grandma Duck calming the mob by explaining them the morale to the story. Except she was wrong...
    • Written for the Mickey Mouse Comic Universe and sequel of Papernovela, the Topokolossal starts with Pete, Portis and the Phantom Blot having robbed a bank... And deciding the best way to divert the investigations on their heist is to have Mickey, O'Hara, Goofy, Minnie, and themselves star in a TV show directed by a skilled but evil director named Annabel Lecter in which the protagonist is the victim of random incidents. And, after a failed start, make a science-fiction show, all based on the premise of improvisation:
      • Eega Beeva barging on the set to explain that the villains of science fiction shows want to conquer Earth because they're genetically predisposed for that;
      • Pete and Portis' characters decide that the best way to defeat Mickey's character and conquer Earth is to clone themselves. Their clones (two each) promptly decide to try and conquer Earth for themselves;
      • Pete, Portis and PB deciding to steal more to pay for new episodes... And, as they're about it, Take Over the World. Using the fame they'll acquire playing their parts to make the people accept them as their rulers;
      • The subplot about Casey realizing what Pete, Portis and PB are up to... And O'Hara dismissing him and his evidence. Not even catching them in the act is enough to convince O'Hara...;
      • Eega Beeva getting hired to provide stuff by pulling it out of his kilt. To get hired, the director dares him to produce a baguette, a giant inflatable rat and a castle, resulting in Mickey's character entering a castle to face his Evil Counterpart (the inflatable rat) armed with the baguette (that Annabel wanted to eat... Except O'Hara got his hands on it first);
      • The subplot about two characters who watched the Papernovela installing themselves in the home of a friend of theirs to watch the Topokolossal and not leaving;
      • Minnie's character is Earth's Collective Conscience... And incredibly annoying to her kidnappers;
      • Pete and Portis roping PB in the show in revenge for his attempts at being the leader, resulting in him getting saddled with an absolutely ridiculous costume created by Clarabelle and Trudy. Who work as Annabel's assistant because they wanted to join in but she didn't want to humiliate them;
      • Eega Beeva barging on the set to explain the audience why the villains always attack where the hero is waiting for them: because they're stupid;
      • Pete, Portis and PB's lack of sleep because of all the money they need to steal to pay for the show... And their solution: robbing Fort Knox. This is when Casey catches them in the act but is unable to get O'Hara to listen him...
      • PB's character (who is holding on Minnie's for Pete's and Portis' because he's the only one who can stand her) decides to lure heroes and villains to his hideout to try and kill them all... Except Goofy's character activates the self-destruction. Cue numerous strange encounters as heroes and villains try and escape through the Air-Vent Passageway (most are hostile, but there're also an alien trying to save his princess and the President of the United States. Who was just passing by), PB showing his ridiculous costume (that makes Minnie laugh 'till the end of the story) to distract Annabel from the fact Pete and Portis are not on the set because they're studying the plan to take over the world, PB's character setting killbots on heroes and villains, and a troubleshooter showing up with his Ikea Weaponry to deal with them. The first attempt at assembling the gun produces a model of the Eiffel Tower, the second produces a 1:1 model of the skeleton of a Tyrannosaurus rex, the third finally produces a BFG with multiple barrels... After the killbots' batteries have died out and the current episode has ended;
      • Pete, Portis and PB finally launch their actual attack against the world, revealing all their ruses and using the weapons they conned Eega Beeva into giving them. Except Eega gave them fake weapons. They were for a TV show, after all...
      • Mickey doesn't get it until Pete eats the baguette. Mickey still captures him and Portis, and Phantom Blot refuses to help because they laughed when his ridiculous costume was exposed again.
    • For Dylan Dog she and writer Tito Faraci created "Groucho-con", in which a convention of Groucho Marx impersonators (with one of the main characters of the series being one that got Lost in Character) on an island is having a mysterious individual approach the impersonators, ask them for a joke, and murder them in ridiculous ways the moment they tell a bad joke. Said individual turns out to be the Anthropomorphic Personification of the Sense of Humour, who is so done with the bad comedians on the world he lost his sense of humour and decided to murder all the bad comedians-starting from that convention because of the high concentration of people who can't create a good joke nor tell one.
  • The Warrior comic, everything from the visuals to the dialogue, none of it makes a lick of sense.
  • The plotline of The Epic Life caused one store owner to refuse to sell the comics on the basis that "We don't sell psychedelic comics." The story so far is about three teenagers doing damage control after a gang of cloud people one day decided to break into the main character's best friend's house. One thing leads to another, and they find their selves in a hot air balloon prepared to shoot rocks with a catapult at the cloud gang while chasing down Mike's house which at that point was being flown towards the ocean by helicopters.
    • The character Jeff Doe is an even stronger representation of this trope. Jeff operates slightly free from the laws of the universe which allow him to do things such as levitate. Jeff and Deus ex Machina go together like peas in a pod; many problems and many solutions come from Jeff's ability. Interestingly enough, Jeff is also vaguely insane and doesn't realize he is breaking reality, which leads to him being the most unpredictable character, even if he act fairly sane most of the time.
  • Club Nintendo Germany's comics. You think Super Mario Bros. or Kirby are strange as is? This has such oddities as Mario and Link as Van Helsing against Wario and The Legions of Hell, the cast of Baywatch, Yoshi teaming up with the Blast Corps team and most strangely, Mario finding out while on holiday that everyone else skiing has turned into sentient cheese. just look at it.
  • Marville was written by Bill Jemas, the President of Marvel, and not an actual professional writer. Thus, the entire thing is pretty much an incoherent Random Events Plot based around in-jokes and insulting things Jemas didn't like. 4thletter!'s series on it, The Marville Horror directly compares its writing to a drunk who is trying to tell a story, but continuously loses their train of thought and then begins rambling about something unrelated. The very first issue features Ted Turner (somehow still alive in the year 5002) tomahawk chopping meteors in halfnote , building a time machine out of PlayStation and Atari parts, and sending his son Kal-AOL back in time. In following issues, the absurdity goes From Bad to Worse; one doesn't even have speech bubbles or captions, instead printing its script along the sides.
  • Batman Odyssey. AKA the comic that starts every issue with a naked Bruce Wayne, nonsensical dialogue, strange plot points, strange art, the works. The writer/artist himself stated in an interview that he literally could not give an overview of the plot. To give you a warning of what will happen, in the first issue Batman barks like a seal, goes on random tangents about train car laws, and at points sounds like a Doctor Seuss narrator.
  • Batman: The Widening Gyre was written by Kevin Smith while stoned.
  • Italian comics that aren't by Disney and Bonelli (publisher of Tex Willer and Dylan Dog, among others) and aren't Diabolik tend to be this by default:


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