Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Heavy Metal magazine July 1985

'Heavy Metal' magazine July 1985

July, 1985......on the radio and on MTV, Sting's single If You Love Somebody, Set Them Free is in heavy rotation.

The July issue of Heavy Metal magazine is out, with a cheesecake cover titled 'Tattoo Two' by Olivia DeBerardinis.

The Dossier section for this issue is filled with quintessential 80s pop culture features. 

Foremost is an interview with Australian director George Miller, whose third film in the 'Mad Max' trilogy, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, is being released in theatres in the US. 

Also of interest is an interview with the well-known artist Howard Chaykin.

Articles on print media deal with new books from Jack Vance and Richard Bachman (Stephen King).

In his 'rok' music reviews, Lou Stathis indicates that he is suffering from something called 'vinyl fatigue'.........brought on by his feelings of 'boredom and disgust with the music scene.' Those of us not gifted with his degree of hipster-ness are left to wonder why, despite his existential angst and creative despair, Stathis covers bands named Bongos, Death Comet Crew, and.....Cabaret Voltaire ? Maybe for Stathis, it's a case of ......Too many Synth bands, not enough Time....

The video section has some real obscure titles...by all means, drop a Comment if you've ever seen S. S. Experiment Love Camp.....!?

As far as the comic / graphic content goes, the best singleton entry is the striking 'Metropolis', by someone named 'Sesar'. 

I suspect that 'Sesar' is a pseudonym used by regular Heavy Metal contributor Jean Michel Nicollet, but I could be wrong.....anyways, 'Metropolis' is posted below.....


Anonymous said...

I've seen it. Very disturbing, undeniably trashy. Garrone was notorious for this sort of z-grade exploitation. Part of a run of Italian rip-offs the art house "Night Porter" film.

fred said...

thanks for another Heavy Metal post. Once again it induced me to pull out the old issue and reminisce.

I'm with ya on Sesar being Nicollet, Metropolis has certain resemblances to "The Abracax Effect" from March 78 for example.

The George Miller interview is interesting to read again. That he thought "Beyond Thunderdome" was better than the first two Mad Max movies, was amusing to me, since I thought the spare grittiness of the first two made more appealing than the overproduced underexciting third. I did really like the most recent one though. Sorry, digressing.

I never saw the SS movie, but I remember C.H.U.D. Don't remember if I actually saw it though...

I liked the Rock Opera "Betels" parody, this was one of my favorites in the whole series.

I liked seeing a Voss in In Our Image, and Bodyssey was never great, but it still looked cool and had a sense of humor.

Besides that, what strikes me is what now might be called the "cultural racism" lingering in the Ghini and Corrado Sillavengo, Torres' Whisper Mystery, and here Cheland's Elephant Cemetery. It's no longer a white man's old world where natives are ignorant savages or servants, or to be feared and exterminated. Not that it ever really was. Nowadays I doubt you'd see stuff like this except in satire or something.

thanks again

AgentX said...