Characters Appearing: Punisher
Issue(s): Punisher #31, Punisher #32
The drug in question is referred to as methamphetamine, crystal meth, and speed, but mostly as "crank" in this story.
The head of the motorcycle gang is a Hopi and a radical environmentalist who funds his cause with drug money.
There's nothing shown to indicate that he's a hypocrite about his cause (except, obviously, the fact that he's a drug dealer and also drug user) but despite the fact that the Punisher starts to like the guy, he keeps saying that the environmental cause is just a front to disguise the fact that the guy is a thug. There's no finality to that theme (it's a moot point when the guy gets so high that he becomes a violent psychopath), and most of the issues are occupied with fights with a rival motorcycle gang...
...and a dispute between the gang leader's girlfriend's (separated) husband.
Punisher uses misdirection taught to him by Hatsu Yakamoto when the husband gets the drop on him.
Quality Rating: B
Chronological Placement Considerations: N/A
Continuity Insert? N
My Reprint: N/A
Not sure if you're questioning the multiple names for the drugs in this story or if you're just being thorough, but those are all real world names for the same poison. "Crystal meth" seems to be the most common name for it nowadays but where I grew up (back around the time when this issue was published) everybody called it "crank".
Posted by: JP | May 14, 2015 2:06 AM
I just like tracking the use of various names and when they entered pop culture. I didn't know "crystal meth" was being used so early, for example.
Posted by: fnord12 | May 14, 2015 7:25 AM
funny parody on Edward Abbey's "Monkey Wrench Gang" here...
Posted by: pgunn | December 10, 2015 1:32 AM
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