Sax Rohmer’s ‘Dope’


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Sax Rohmer’s ‘Dope’ by Trina Robbins

Hardcover – IDW – Sep 2017 – 80 pages

A talented young actress becomes fatally ensnared in London’s mysterious and glittery drug culture of the early 20th century.

Trina Robbins’ brilliant graphic novel adaptation of Sax Rohmer’s sensational 1919 novel, Dope, is considered by many (including Trina herself) to be her best work ever as an illustrator. Inspired by true events, Dope was both the first novel to speak openly about the world’s international drug trade and the first story to center around the death of a celebrity by drug overdose. The graphic novel adaptation was first serialized in Eclipse Magazine beginning in 1981, and is collected here for the first time.

Includes introductory pieces by E. Spike Trotman and Trina Robbins, an afterword from Colleen Doran, and a lengthy and informative piece called “Sax, Drugs and the Yellow Peril” by Jon B. Cooke.


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