The Great Depression …
A new decade began with futile hopes of regaining prosperity
snuffed out by 1929’s final roar. The market crash swept many
hard-working citizens into a whirlwind of economic and emotional
despair. It seemed only two entities could survive and flourish from
such downtrodden souls: industrial robber barons and gangsters.
The latter’s exploitation of liquor, gambling, sex and shylock was
further augmented by a sin many did not and still not wish to speak
of. Indeed, the smoky ambivalence could not remain shrouded
forever. Masses sought narcotized escape; the underworld became
Doctor Feelgood; the moral majority was last to even notice.
Opportunity knocked a decade before, and Arnold ‘The Brain’
Rothstein answered, schooling young gangsters in all that things
that fill wallets, and the logistic science of assuring the demand is
supplied. Among the Brain’s pupils were the future of gangland allstars;
Lucky Luciano, Legs Diamond, Frank Costello, George Uffner,
Dutch Schultz, Lepke Buchalter, Bugsy Siegel and Meyer Lansky.
Each developed skills and specialties; a select few became
experts in providing opium dreams.
Our story continues with the tales of the original . . .
LUCKY no. 2 DOPE MEN Variant Cover by J. Liswed featuring an homage to Creator Christian Cipollini, the Legendary Tera Patrick, and of course the Man... Lucky Luciano.
The Variant cover collectible edition will debut in November and limited copies will be available at the New Jersey Exxxotica Convention (signed by both Christian Cipollini and Tera Patrick.