The Dallas Morning News spotlights Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four in Hard Choices, a custom comic created by Marvel as a free giveaway from The Elks and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
According to the article, almost 700,000 copies of the substance abuse-awareness comic have been distributed to schools nationwide.
In the one-shot, written by Marc Sumerak and illustrated by Marcio Takara, Franklin Richards is pressured by friends to drink alcohol. They’re later saved from harm by Spider-Man and the Fantastic Four.
“A lot of drug abuse stuff is kind of silly and cutesy, like ‘I’d rather eat bugs than do drugs,’ ” Dallas school counselor Ellen Gutt tells the Morning News. “This is something that is catchier and more sophisticated to attract older readers.”