Spider-Man and Planned Parenthood team-up, 1970’s style!

Yep, here’s a real treat folks. Marvel Comics and Planned Parenthood teamed up in 1976 to publish a comic book on safe sex. The villain is an alien who wants teenagers to pop out babies so he can steal them and take them back to his home planet as slaves. To further his plan, the villain teaches the teenagers of American falsehoods about pregnancy and pregnancy prevention, lulling them into having rampant, unprotected sex. Here’s the villain providing sufficient exposition for the purposes of the story:

Spider-Man manages to save the day just in the nick of time, taking out a whole slew of guards and the evil alien to boot.

The comic is followed by a delightful page that tells the readers about pregnancy, VD (when did they stop using that term?), masturbation, and homosexuality. Only some of the information is still good information – but I suspect this comic had the potential to positively influence young boys in the 70’s.

But really, it’s worth reading all the way through this 18-page gem on Andrew Fargo’s blog.

Thanks to Radikelsey at Fun with Feminism for the link.

About Karen Rayne

Dr. Karen Rayne has been supporting parents and families since 2007 when she received her PhD in Educational Psychology. A specialist in child wellbeing, Dr. Rayne has spent much of her career supporting parents, teachers, and other adults who care for children and teenagers.


  1. Great post!

  2. OMG, thanks for sharing this! It’s AWESOME! I’m both a big sex geek as well as a big comic geek (especially for the Spider-Man series), so this is golden!

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