Monday, January 18, 2010

'Heavy Metal' magazine January 1980

With the January 1980 issue of ‘Heavy Metal’, editor Ted White introduced new content to the magazine, in the form of columns that reviewed Music (by Lou Stathis), underground comics (Jay Kinney), SF books and magazines (Steve Brown), and SF cinema (‘Bhob’). These columns were well-written and brought a more …serious…tone to the magazine. In a sign that reflected Heavy Metal’s growing impact among SF fans, Bhob’s column features a brief interview with Stephen King, who at the dawn of the 80s was firmly in place as a pop culture and marketing phenomenon.
As far as the traditional graphic content was concerned, the January issue’s front and back covers, ‘Repent Harlequin ! Said the Ticktockman’ were provided by Don Ivan Punchatz. Inside the magazine Ricard Corben provided another installment of ‘Rowlf’.
Val Mayerik did the black and white story ‘Time Out III: The Pause That Refreshes’, an interesting tale (but too explicit to post here) that features one of the archetypes of the mid to late 70s, the 'Karate (Kung Fu) Boy', who, with his blow-dried- parted-in-the-middle- long hair, stylish pajama trousers, and rapid kicks and strikes at the thin air, maintained an attitude of arrogance around lesser mortals.
Because, as the Karate Boy was fond of saying, he was capable of delivering serious punishment (below).

[Needless to say, such Karate Boys would not have lasted more than 60 seconds in a modern MMA bout.]
Other worthy entries in the magazine included ‘The Hive’, by Paul Kirchner; ‘Shoot Out At the Fantasy Factory’, by Aven and Hill; ‘Exit/In’, by William McPheeters; and ‘Womb With a View’ by Dan Steffan.
But, as with other issues of Heavy Metal in 79 - 80, the most impressive story was (yet another) comic by Arthur Suydam.
‘Food for the Children’, which I’ve presented here, was probably the best of all his strips to appear in Heavy Metal. The artwork is brilliant, the plot uncomplicated, and the last two pages- presented as a double-page spread-memorable.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

A masterpiece! Thanks