Thursday, May 26, 2011

'Heavy Metal' magazine May 1981

The May, 1981 issue of 'Heavy Metal' features Enrich's 'Enter Adam' on the front cover, and 'Cody Starbuck' by Howard Chaykin on the back cover.

This issue starts off with a two-page short story by William Burroughs titled 'Immortality'. It has something to do with cloning. It's not very good.

Also featured are ongoing installments of 'Bloodstar' by Corben, 'Tex Arcana' by Findley, 'Valentina' by Crepax, and (it just won't go away) 'Changes' by Howarth.

New pieces in this issue include the illustrated story 'Cody Starbuck' by Chaykin, 'The Immortal's Fete' by Bilal, and an interesting portfolio consisting of photographs of miniature sculptures fashioned by Dzintars Mezulis, a Latvian artist. These sculptures are very clever and date from a time before the whole SF and fantasy figurine (i.e., toys) market expanded into the juggernaut that it is today.

The best entry in the issue is one by Arthur Suydam, 'The Toll Bridge', which introduces his 'Mudwog' character. As always, great artwork and offbeat humor.

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