Tuesday, March 20, 2012

'Heavy Metal' magazine March 1978




It's March 1978, and the disco sounds of the BeeGees are ruling the top 40 charts, with 'I Go Crazy' by Paul Davis, and 'Emotion' by Samantha Sang, also elbowing into the Billboard Top 10.

The March issue of 'Heavy Metal' is on the stands, with a wraparound cover by Jim Burns titled 'Colonel Killing'. 

It's the end of its first year of HM's publication, and a very successful year it has been. Stoners and sf fans everywhere have discovered a 'slick' magazine that features comics, some of the them R-rated, printed with top-quality color separations on good paper stock. All of a sudden all of the Marvel and DC comic books, and even the Warren magazines, look outdated and passe.

The March '79 issue ably showcases the printing technology on display in HM, with Jean-Michael Nicollet's 'The Abracax Effect'. 

As with most of Nicollet's strips, the plot is surreal, while the artwork is above and beyond most anything American comics fans have ever seen before....

There are a number of other memorable stories in the March issue, and I'll be posting them as the month unfolds.








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