Van in dessert

The D.O.P.E. van

The D.O.P.E. van is the vehicle used by the main members of D.O.P.E. It started out as a normal white van, but has been modified by Lucas Spitz, a.k.a. Saliva-Man, with special features.


  • Lucas
    Van jets

    jet engines flaring

    created the tires (computer-optimized high-void all-terrain pattern with interlocking tread blocks) to increase traction and reduce noise
  • Lucas added in jet engines, which are hidden unless a button on the dash is pressed.

Current Era AppearancesEdit

The van first appears (in the Current Era) in D.O.P.E. Volume 2, Number 1 (2016).

Vehicle BiographyEdit

The van is modified by Lucas Spitz, including homemade tires and flaming jet engines. On a trip to the dessert, Vincent Mariano drives the van, with Lucas, Paul Rockwell and Barry Divo as passengers. Vinny guns the engine, getting over 100 mph. Then he tests out the jet engines, which shoot the van over 250 mph across the dessert. Unfortunately, the van is uncontrollable at that point, and smashes through a perimeter fence on an NEC nuclear testing zone. The foursome travel through a nuclear test, and gain superhuman powers. The van runs out of fuel and crashes into a sand dune. After the newly founded D.O.P.E. team fight off an NEC Strike Team, Barry, who is now Flambé, pushes the van with the 3 others inside, out of the dessert using his fire-powered flight ability. (D.O.P.E. Volume 2, Number 1)

Initial EraEdit

Dope van

D.O.P.E. van

In the Initial Era, the van started out as a normal van, in which the four main characters were travelling (in "D.O.P.E." Volume 1, Number 1). After driving into a nuclear bomb testing area, the van changed along with the characters. The van was transformed into a flying rocket propelled craft with guns and missiles (in "D.O.P.E." Volume 1, Number 2). The van was destroyed after Jelly gummed up the engine and it crashed into the ground (in "D.O.P.E." Volume 1, Number 3).

A second van appeared in "Sprinkles the Psychotic Moose" Volume 1, Number 12, when D.O.P.E. fought Sprinkles and Jack. That van was destoyed by missiles launched from Sprinkles and Jack's cabin.

A third van appears in D.O.P.E. Volume 1, Number 11, when the main four make their triumphant return and defeat Sludge. That van is smashed by Crudzilla in Issue #13, but appears to be repairable.

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the third D.O.P.E. van

The van shows up in the background of the cover for "Mr. Fabulous" Number 2 (1995).