|Location of Publication||New York,New York|
|Story Location||New York: New York City; Manhattan|
|Notes||Reprinted Issue: |
Amazing Spider-Man Vol 1 #96, May, 1971
This is the first "above ground" comic book to be published without the clearance of the Comic Book Authority Code. At the time of its publication, the Code was strict on depicting drug use in comics, and that any works that featured the use of drugs (regardless of context) would be rejected. Since this story dealt with the negative aspects of drug use and depicts people suffering drug overdoses from drug use, the code rejected the story. Stan Lee felt that the story (which reflected drug use in a negative light) was too good to pass up, and had the story published without Code approval. The story was a milestone story, and due to its success, its publication ultimately led to the loosening of restrictions that the Comic Authority Code imposed on creators in terms of story content.