Thursday, June 20, 2013

'Heavy Metal' magazine, June 1983

June, 1983, and on MTV, Rod Stewart's song 'Baby Jane' is in heavy rotation ( a woman in a neon pink bodysuit, heavy mascara, platform soles, and playing a saxophone, was very 'eighties'). 

The latest issue of Heavy Metal is on the stands, with a front cover illustration by Barclay Shaw, and a back cover by Angelwine.

The Dossier opens up with Merle Greenberg's fevered coverage of someone named..... Robert Ashley ? (No, not Rick Astley). Then there is fawning coverage of one of the 80's most over-rated film directors, Wim Wenders.

Byron Gysin (1916 - 1986), a British artist and poet, whose greatest claim to fame was palling around with William Burroughs, gets an interview.


 A 'Zippy the Pinhead' comic collection gets an approving review.

The comic content sees more 'Tex Arcana', 'Starstruck', 'The Man from Harlem', 'The City that Didn't Exist', and 'The Odyssey'.

Among the better strips in this issue are Corben's 'Doomscult' (which I'll post later), and a 'sneak preview' of the film 'Spacehunter: Adventures in the Forbidden Zone', with artwork by Jerry Bingham, and a script by Heavy Metal's editor, Julie Simmons-Lynch.

The film, a low-budget B-movie that starred Peter Strauss and Molly Ringwald, quickly slid into oblivion after its release, but is something of a cult favorite nowadays.

Unfortunately, a Spacehunter graphic novel never materialized. Too bad, because this little sneak preview is a decent comic......How you can go wrong with with a gang of well-proportioned, feral girls who lurk in the sewers, and spout dialogue like: "Look girls ! A good breeding man !"


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