Yes, this really happened. Retronaut has found a special issue of Spiderman done in a collaboration between Marvel and Planned Parenthood. The art is by Marvel vets Ross Andru and Mike Esposito, but the writing is by Ann Robinson, who had a brief tenure as a Marvel executive, and no other known writing credits, for reasons that will be obvious.
The plot–and oh how I wish I was making this up–is about an alien called The Prodigy from the planet Intellectia. His voice can persuade people to do anything, and he’s using it to convince teenagers that sex doesn’t lead to pregnancy, and even if it does babies are great. He wants them to have lots and lots of human babies so he can take them back to his planet to serve as child labor.
You probably think I’m kidding, so…
Oddly enough, The Prodigy and Planned Parenthood both want kids to have plenty of consequence-free sex.
Spidey ain’t buying this jive:
Also: Spidey hates children. This is kind of … dark:
He makes quick work of the villain:
He spurts webbing into his mouth to shut him up:
… let’s just move along …
Finally, he gets on with business of telling kids about sex…
…and, of course, where to go for “help.”
Because it’s not disturbing at all to have a beloved childhood hero pimping birth control.
And make sure you pick up their other fine publications:
Compared to the “Fisting is teh Awesomes!” stuff they churn out now, this is fairly benign, but it shows how PP has been snaking its way into popular culture and children’s lives for decades.
Exit question: Platform shoes–time for a comeback?