Morbid Tomes: Graphic Brutality

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Welcome back to my ongoing examination of those fearsome places where the worlds of heavy music and print meet. You can find the first installment here. This time I’m looking at metal inspired by comic books, an interaction that makes sense given the overlap in fanbases and the fact that both comics and metal tend to be at their best when they trade in the bold, irreverent, and iconic.

These are among the reasons metal bands have so often commissioned work by artists known for their comics output, such as Vince Locke (Cannibal Corpse), Dave McKean (Testament, Paradise Lost, Kreator, and Cemetary) Greg Capullo (Korn, Iced Earth, Disturbed, and Five Finger Death Punch), and Alex Ross (Anthrax). And as the bands listed in that sentence amply demonstrate, this cross pollination has produced comics, songs, and albums that range from transcendent classics to abysmal trash. These include the cheaply produced and artistically lacking biographical comics recently inspired by Metallica and Slayer and the more entertaining ones that cast KISS or Pantera (in a 1994 issue written by later Lucifer, X-Men, and The Unwritten scripter Mike Carey) in hackneyed genre plots.

Musicians like Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Neil Peart, Corey Taylor, and Scott Ian have all been involved in creating comics, with mixed results. Probably the best of that vanity-fueled lot is the series based on Cooper’s The Last Temptation, scripted by one-time music journalist turned King of the Artsy Kids Neil Gaiman and featuring art by Michael Zulli. Meanwhile, comic book creators like Black Metal’s Rick Spear and Chuck BB, The Humans – which recently featured a song by Ghoul on its soundtrack – and Henry & Glenn Forever co-creator Tom Neely, or The Goon’s Eric Powell regularly tip their hats to heavy music.

For now, though, let’s turn our attention to some of the metal bands that have drawn ideas from comic book characters and stories. I hope you will expand the discussion by bringing up some other instances of metal-inspired comics and comics-inspired metal in the comments.

Megadeth – “Killing is my Business…And Business is Good!” and “Holy Wars…The Punishment Due”

Dave Mustaine has never been shy about proclaiming his appreciation for Frank Castle, aka the Punisher, and cited the character as an inspiration for two of his most beloved songs. When the vigilante first appeared in a 1974 issue of The Amazing Spider-Man written by Gerry Conway and penciled by Ross Andru, he was not quite the obsessive loner bent on slaughtering every criminal in sight he would later become. Rather he found his deserving targets by working as a gun for hire. Unfortunately this left him open to being deceived by clone-happy supervillain the Jackal, at the time plaguing Spider-Man from behind the scenes as a long-running subplot. Mustaine based the lyrics for the title track from Megadeth’s debut album on this version of the Punisher, describing him as a “Paid assassin” earning “$10,000 up front/$10,000 when I’m through.” Before launching into several repetitions of the song’s title, the narrator declares, “It gives me great pleasure/To Say my next job is you.” In the source material Punisher did indeed turn on his employer, but out of vengeance for the murder of his associate the Mechanic (yeah there are lots of definite articles in the character names in this issue) rather than financial reward.

The take on The Punisher that appears in “Holy Wars…the Punishment Due,” the opening track of Megadeth’s nigh undisputed peak Rust in Peace, is considerably more recognizable to fans of the one-man killing machine’s solo comics and films. The narrator explains his intention to “Wage the war on organized crime” in retaliation after “they killed [his] wife, and [his] baby.” Of course, it’s also awkwardly shoehorned into an epic thrash masterpiece contemplating religiously motivated warfare and including an evocative classical guitar interlude. The parts are thematically linked by an interest in cycles of extreme violence, and they resolve with characteristic Mustaine paranoia that “Next thing you know, they will take my thoughts away.”

Anthrax – “I Am the Law”

Anthrax fly their nerd flag higher than any other metal band at their level of influence and commercial success. 1990’s Among the Living pays tribute to Stephen King (in two songs), Jim Belushi, and, of course, to the perennial British comic book favorite Judge Dredd. Created by writer John Wagner (who has continued to produce stories for most of the character’s existence, often in collaboration with fellow writer Alan Grant), illustrator Carlos Ezquerra, and editor/co-writer Pat Mills, the brutally effective lawman executing swift justice in futuristic dystopia Mega-City One first appeared in 1977 as part of the second issue of anthology series 2000 AD. Anthrax begin by summarizing Dredd’s resume (“Fifteen years in the academy”) and participation in the Apocalypse War, a lengthy storyline by Wagner, Grant, and Ezquerra that took up 25 of Dredd’s 2000 AD segments in 1982. They namecheck frequent Dredd associate and resident psychic Judge Anderson, who would be played by Olivia Thirlby in the 2012 film starring Karl Urban. Following the first chorus, they reference an earlier extended storyline, 1978’s The Cursed Earth, written by Mills, Wagner, and Jack Adrian, and featuring art by Mike McMahon and the great Brian Bolland. The story explores the irradiated, mutant-infested wasteland outside the city. Along with some catchy mid-tempo riffs leading into a thrash explosion at the bridge, what really solidifies the song’s frequent appearances in Anthrax set lists are the infectious gang vocals shouting “Drokk it!” (a common expletive in Mega-City One) and of course Dredd’s catchphrase: “I AM THE LAW!”

M.O.D. – “Dark Night”

Billy Milano, the provocative frontman for Anthrax side project Stormtroopers of Death, paid his own tribute to an iconic comic book tough guy. Released as a CD bonus track for the Gross Misconduct album in 1989, “Dark Night” is of course based on Frank Miller’s classic four-issue miniseries of three years earlier, The Dark Knight Returns. After a moody, bass-heavy intro, the thrash kicks in and Milano surveys the aging Batman’s career. The chorus succinctly sums up the character: “Master detective,/In him a fire burns./After years of seclusion/The Dark Knight returns.” Unsurprisingly, the man who wrote “Speak English or Die” seizes upon Miller’s satirical blows against bleeding hearts by noting “Two Face set free by a stupid liberal scum.” On the other hand, he does not mention the comic’s burlesque of President Ronald Reagan as a self-serving cowboy who manipulates Superman and sends the United States careening toward nuclear holocaust while taking refuge in a space station. Quoting the classic theme from the ‘60s television show, Louis Svitak’s guitar solo briefly recalls a more innocent and goofy time for a character whose portrayal had edged away from campiness over the course of the 70s and definitively broken from it with Miller’s portrayal.

Entombed – Wolverine Blues

At least some of the lyrics of the title track to Entombed’s 1993 album, Wolverine Blues, serve nicely as a description of its namesake in the X-Men’s clawed, indestructible loose cannon: “Vicious mammal/The blood is my call/Pound for pound/I am the most vicious of all.” The band, however, states they had no knowledge of Marvel Comics’ Canadian berserker when they wrote the song and were in fact inspired by a serial killer in James Ellroy’s novel The Big Nowhere. Thus the promotional tie-in that saw a printing of the album released with the superhero prominently placed on the cover, accompanied by a minicomic and promoted with a minimally animated video, is mostly interesting as a historical curiosity. As Albert Mudrian recounts in Choosing Death, the incident captures a moment in the early 90s when Columbia Records saw potential for profits in the death metal scene through a partnership with Entombed’s label, Earache Records. Marvel, for their part, was far from the Disney-affiliated entertainment juggernaut they are today and willing to entertain a pretty thoroughly inappropriate opportunity for cross promotion when contacted by Columbia A&R man Josh Sarubin. That said, the Marvel-approved version was rendered quite a bit more family-friendly, edited to remove various expletives and entirely lacking closing track “Out of Hand,” with its blatant, yet catchy, anti-Christian sentiments: “Jesus Christ/Lord of Flies/In disguise.”

Monster Magnet – “Ego, the Living Planet” and “Mindless Ones”

Monster Magnet’s Dave Wyndorf, on the other hand, is unabashed in his affection for Marvel Comics of the 1960s, when writer/editor Stan Lee reigned supreme, abetted by a stable of innovative artists. Wyndorf pays tribute to the more psychedelic, “cosmic” side of these comics that made them favorites among the era’s college students. On Dopes to Infinity this means a five-minute stoner riff journey to encounter Thor villain Ego, the Living Planet. Ego, literally a planet endowed with consciousness and dedicated to conquest, was created in 1966 by Jack Kirby (also partially responsible for Captain America, Fantastic Four, X-Men, and The Avengers, among many other characters at both Marvel and DC Comics) with a script by Lee. Gradually pitchshifted vocals declare, “I talk to planets, baby” before dissolving into a series of incoherent screams. That’s probably the correct response to a world-sized megalomaniac.

2013’s Last Patrol saw Wyndorf turning his attention to the Mindless Ones, enemies of Doctor Strange created by Lee and Steve Ditko (who also co-created the good doctor himself and Spider-Man) in 1964. These extradimensional, rocklike creatures lacking speech, intellect, or much in the way of faces are usually employed as minions by various magicians and mystical beings.  Most commonly they serve Strange’s arch-nemesis, Dormammu, the seemingly immortal lord of the Dark Dimension who first appeared one issue earlier. Wyndorf packs his lyrics with references to Doctor Strange lore: in addition to the aforementioned characters he mentions Strange’s mentor, the Ancient One; the Vishanti, the mystic trinity that (usually) grants Strange the title of Sorcerer Supreme; and describes love interest Clea as “a white haired girl.” Of course, Wyndorf also makes sure that we never lose sight of the fact that traveling as your “astral self” is generally a product of hallucinogens rather than being chosen for a heroic destiny as Master of the Mystic Arts.

Iced Earth – The Dark Saga

In the mid-‘90s, Image Comics cofounder Todd MacFarlane built an empire around his violent superhero from Hell, Spawn, beginning with a toy company and then a film and animation studio. The year before the latter endeavor produced a poorly received film starring Michael Jai White and a far superior HBO animated series featuring the voice of Keith David, Iced Earth released The Dark Saga. Graced with a cover by MacFarlane and the protégé who replaced him as penciler on Spawn, Greg Capullo, the album’s lyrics closely follow the themes, plot elements, and characters of the comic’s early issues. In the course of exploring MacFarlane’s work Iced Earth guitarist/mastermind Jon Schaffer reduced the thrash metal elements that had hitherto characterized his band, choosing instead to emphasize melody and power metal influences. Though perhaps appropriate to the pathos of a protagonist who sold his soul to see his wife again (only to find himself turned into a monstrous warrior of Hell), a mournful power ballad like “I Died for You” was not what many fans wanted from Iced Earth. The biggest exception is the ripping “Violate,” inspired by the demon Violator. Spawn’s supposed drill sergeant in his tenure on Earth often appeared in the guise of a filthy, corpulent clown, giving Matt Barlow the chance to scream the description, “Vile wretch disgusting mess/Perverted little man/Born of hell and in disease.”

Deceased – “Chambers of the Waiting Blind”

The horror comics put out by publisher EC in the 1950s featured beautifully grotesque artwork telling the darkly humorous stories masterminded by publisher William Gaines and editor Al Feldstein. Unfortunately this made them the prime target for the anti-comic book hysteria of the era that led to a Senate subcommittee hearing and the industry’s establishment of the self-censoring, oft ridiculous Comics Code Authority. Those gloriously lurid stories have nonetheless managed to continue influencing several generations of impressionable youth, a source of inspiration that tends to be particularly visible among death/thrash metal bands (i.e. the Razorback Records lineup). The Virginian godfathers of the style, Deceased, paid their own tribute to EC in “Chambers of the Waiting Blind,” one of the dynamic, melodic, and thrashy tunes on their 2000 album, Supernatural Addiction. The album features an EC-inspired cover and eight tracks with lyrics based on horror classics like Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart” and Ambrose Bierce’s “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Following a restrained, melodic intro, vocalist King Fowley retells the plot of “Blind Alleys,” a story scripted by Feldstein with art by George Evans, which appeared in the last issue of Tales from the Crypt to be published in 1955 (#46). Deceased, however, seem to have more directly based their song on the 1972 anthology film that featured an adaptation. In each version, the abused and neglected residents of a home for the blind take “blind revenge” – as Fowley puts it – on their tormentor by trapping him in a maze with a starved attack dog. As in most of EC’s horror tales, the corrupt and powerful see the tables turned in brutal fashion.

Horse the Band – “The Red Tornado” and “Science Police”

On their last couple albums before going into limbo, so-called “Nintendocore” outfit Horse the Band spotlighted some less well-known denizens of the DC Comics universe, appropriate to their own nerdy aesthetic. On 2007’s A Natural Death, gang vocals chant out the name of the Justice League’s resident android, Red Tornado (created by writer Gardner Fox and artist Dick Dillin in 1968), through a MIDI-heavy opening, indie rocking verses, and hardcore breakdowns. The genre-agnostic band also finds room for some metal riffage and flirts with a blastbeat by the end. Throughout, the lyrics focus on finding emotional resonance in Tornado’s struggle to balance his human personality with an artificial body of tremendous power: Nathan Winneke sings, “His emotions spin at destructive speeds/That he needs to control.” It’s not easy being red.

Science Police are the primary law enforcement agency at work in the 30th century world of the Legion of Superheroes (created in 1958 by Otto Binder and Al Plastino as a club for adolescent superheroes that regularly worked with Superboy through the wonders of time travel). But unlike their depiction of the Red Tornado, Horse the Band are less interested in close adherence to the source material than in playing off the name’s silliness, opening with the lyric “I’ve pulled you over for your dangerous curves.” That said, Winneke still works in a mention of the Mother Boxes, miniaturized supercomputers important to Jack Kirby’s Fourth World saga and the DC Universe as a whole.

A Sound of Thunder – Tales from the Deadside

A traditional heavy metal band with prog tendencies and a name from a Ray Bradbury story is obviously comfortable with its nerdy side. And clearly Washington, D.C.’s A Sound of Thunder have managed to communicate that enthusiasm, as they successfully crowdfunded their 2015 concept album based on Valiant Comics character Shadowman. Created in 1992 by writers Jim Shooter and Steve Englehart and artist David Lapham (best known for writing and drawing the creator-owned crime series Stray Bullets), Shadowman is the name for a series of voodoo-powered warriors tasked with guarding the Earth from an underworld called the Deadside. The particular incarnation usually starring in the comics is New Orleans resident Jack Boniface, though other versions have appeared both in print and the video games from Acclaim. A Sound of Thunder closely follows the premises and characters from the recent relaunch of the series, begun in 2012 by writer Justin Jordan and co-plotter/artist Patrick Zircher, recounting the origins of Shadowman’s enemy Master Darque (through the eyes of his sister, Sandria), Jack Boniface’s assumption of the Shadowman identity, and their inevitable conflict. The album offers occasional narration and voice acting to ensure listeners follow the story, but the heavy riffs, ripping solos, and powerful vocals from Nina Osegueda really do most of the job.

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  • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

    EC comics were the shit.

  • Kick ass German blackened death metal with a shit ton of haunting atmosphere. This is only a 2 song demo but it kills. Definitely one of my favorite demos this year. If you like Bölzer you’ll probably dig this. The riffs are not as strong as Bölzer’s but still excellent shit nonetheless. Check it out or don’t.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k8vzQrdleZc
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i7jRaeLXKpk

    • King Shit of Fuck Mountain

      Dig the artwork.

      • Yup. B/W and grim as fuck. Plus a nice voidful background.

    • Dave Vincent’s Perm

      I saw Bolzer in the suggested bar when I was listening to Diocletian on YouTube. This might be a long shot but are they anything like Diocletian?

      • They are no where as blasting as Diocletian no. Same sort of production though.

        • Dave Vincent’s Perm

          You mean a march rather than a sprint?

    • Scrimm

      Damn them’s some tiny arms/hands.

    • tigeraid

      I feel like this was drawn by a mirror universe Rob Leifeld… (comic nerds will get the joke.)

      • Vote for Jeb

        Or people who explore the thread a little further.

        • tigeraid

          dammit. I didn’t scroll yet!

    • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

      WTF is with his T-Rex arms?! And does he have leprosy on his left leg and his crotch? And that is the sharpest Adam’s apple ever drawn. Wow, this whole thing needs a 365DaysOfHorror breakdown ASAP.

    • Óðinn

      Stumpy.

  • BEARD-SPLITTER

    I just never got into the whole comic thing

    • Same. All well.

    • Based Potoo

      Comics are on my endless list of things I dislike.

      • BEARD-SPLITTER

        Surprise surprise

      • ME GORAK B.C.™

        OV COURSE!!!!! COMICS FUN!!!!!!!

      • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

        “Romance novels are on my list of things I like. Anime crushes my jimmies”

        FTFY

    • I liked them when I was super young. Still like reading Judge Dredd stuff from back in the day.
      /crams self in locker

      • BEARD-SPLITTER

        Its hard for me to talk shit about it tho because anime

        • GO TO THE LOCKER TOO AND KISS JOE WHILE CRYING.

        • Maik Beninton™

          Anime>>>>>comics.
          There, it’s done.

          • Based Potoo

            I don’t even like comics but
            Comics >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> anime
            Pretty much everything is better than anime.

          • Maik Beninton™

            Except your mom.

          • Based Potoo

            My mom’s a nice lady and pretty much raised me and my brother alone.

          • Does your brother liek metals?

          • Based Potoo

            Nah. He doesn’t really listen to music.

          • who’s more lovable between you two? ALL THESE QUESTIONS!

          • Maik Beninton™

            His brother obviously.

          • Based Potoo

            He hates anime too, btw.

          • Maik Beninton™

            He still can’t be as terrible as you.

          • Based Potoo

            Oh he isn’t. He didn’t get the asshole gene.

          • Based Potoo

            I guess he is, since he ain’t as big of an asshole as I am.

          • Maik Beninton™

            I’m really this close to go full asshole on you, but I can’t do it.

          • Based Potoo

            DO IT! JUST DO IT! DON’T LET YOUR DREAMS BE DREAMS!

          • Maik Beninton™
          • Based Potoo
          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Same here except I was raised as an only child.

          • Max

            Finally, somebody talking sense.

            I mean, Astro Boy? Barf.

          • Maik Beninton™

            Never watched Astro Boy.

          • Max

            Never do.

          • Maik Beninton™

            It’s for kids anyway. Wanna see something more mature go see Cowboy Bebop, it’s about a group of bounty hunters in space.

          • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot
        • KJM, Shake Zula

          Dr Strange >>>>>>>

      • When I was young I used to buy these Marvel Handbooks that had microscopic print with bios on every character. I read them cover to cover like a true nerd.

        • KJM, Shake Zula

          I had the original run of those.

          • I still have them but they are really beat up. My collection is in pretty good condition. All in plastic sleeves with a cardboard backing

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            I probably still have some left but they’re nowhere near preserved to that extent.

        • Jason Kolkey

          Also had these. Actually, once I decided to write my own miniature version for a friend I felt needed to be educated about some key players in the Marvel Universe.

          • I had these before actual comic books because the convenience store in my town sold them with the magazines.

      • Max

        And Strontium Dog! And my personal fave: Nemesis the Warlock.

        The Sylvester Stallone-starring Judge Dredd movie is awful. But the other Dredd movie that got made is really quite a good stab at getting the vibe right.

        Fun fact: Like several 2000 AD characters, Dredd was named after a musician (reggae star Judge Dread).

      • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

        Misread that as “creams self in locker”.

    • Vote for Jeb

      I liked them when I was a kid. I don’t read them anymore (aside from the occasional Godzilla book), but my wife really likes the Marvel movies and shows.

    • Hubert

      Comics are super cool though. Sandman, Transmetropolitan, Y – the last man, Hellboy, all really fucking great stuff. Don’t read much superhero books though, it’s too hard to keep up with the continuity, and I get my fill of Superhero stuff from the Marvel cinematic universe.

    • I tried twice to enter Marvel stuff, but that stuff is confusing and neverending.

      I came back to regular books, like a good half-elf.

    • Maik Beninton™

      Is there a website where you can read it online?

  • I’m in love with that A Sound of Thunder release. Great feature, Jason, and thanks for making me clear how was that Wolverine Blues story 🙂

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      #StayNina

  • Vote for Jeb

    We need more songs about Rob Liefeld’s art.

    http://assets.sbnation.com/assets/1070378/33.jpg

    • yesssssssss

    • BEARD-SPLITTER

      Your thoughts on the upcoming Deadpool movie?

      • Vote for Jeb

        I liked Deadpool when I was a kid, but the joke stopped being funny a long time ago.

        • BEARD-SPLITTER

          Well, aside from him being one of my favorite Marvel vs. CAPCOM characters, it will be an R rated movie. The trailer was decently funny.

          This is coming from someone whose never read a comic book or even seen one of the myriad amount of recent comic book movies

          • Vote for Jeb

            I think it would be difficult to make it worse than how he was depicted in the Wolverine movie.

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I enjoyed the game but didn’t finish it, looking forward to the eventual home video release.

    • Hubert

      Ammo pouches, all the ammo pouches.

    • tigeraid

      WHERE THE FUCK ARE THEIR FEET?!

      Also pouches.

      • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

        Knowing his artwork, I’m more than sure their feet are a size 5 1/2. Proportions were never one of his strong points.

    • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

      http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-cMCnMXcCiCE/UQupnNgbE0I/AAAAAAAANhI/_HPoez3kpvY/s1600/Rob+Liefeld+01.jpg

      Not sure if those are pecs or titties, or both…………………

    • Jason Kolkey

      I’ve kind of always wanted to do a comic book-themed side project called Kraven’s Last Hunt. That would make awesome subject matter for a song.

      • Vote for Jeb

        Alternatively, you could make a series of convoluted, overblown, and ultimately disappointing albums about the Clone Saga.

  • Dave Vincent’s Perm

    >ignoring Autopsy

    • Glad to see you around!

      GL

      • Dave Vincent’s Perm

        Uh

        Hello

  • A Sound of Thunder’s new one is currently sitting at #2 of the year for me. Love how they finally went full epic doom on this one

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gOWcD8Ky59Y

    • tigeraid

      As always my power metal brother, we think alike. It’s in my top 10 this year for sure, but it really needs to be listened to in one continuous sitting.

      • Here’s how mine is looking. Everything below the top 15 or 20 needs reviewing, so ignore them for now

        https://rateyourmusic.com/list/AllHailTheDerpKing/my_best_of_2015/

        • tigeraid

          Looks quite familiar. Visigoth juuuust might be my #1. That Judicator is kicking my ass, though.

          • I did not expect the Judicator to last nearly as long as it has. Looks like it’s staying at #1. Guardians of Time went from potential #1 to snoozefest, that album does not have lasting power in my ears

  • Scrimm

    I was always pretty partial to this series. http://marvel.wikia.com/wiki/Rise_of_the_Midnight_Sons

  • I skipped the comic book version of Wolverine Blues in favor of the bonus track. I had no idea that the Marvel bit came after the song/album was done.

  • Maik Beninton™
  • Story time: When I was a kid (~3rd grade maybe?) I remember being at the Wal-Mart and seeing this comic book package. It had Superman’s first comic and a bundle of TWO other comics. I remember begging my mother to get it. THREE WHOLE COMICS. From what I remember I wore here down after a trip or two and BOOM – she bought it. It ended up having the first Superman comic and two The Little Mermaid comics.

    I was devastated.

    That is my only comic experience.

    GL

    • Scrimm

      That is a great story.

  • I have a couple boxes of comics in my bedroom that are going to my kid once he starts learning to read. He’ll be hooked up when the time arrives.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    “1987’s ‘Among The Living'”

    FYT

  • Vote for Jeb

    I had no idea about the comics connection on Last Patrol. Never knew much about Dr. Strange.

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Not an MM fan, but a huge fan of Dr Strange. I still have a decades-old paperback compilation of early DS stories.

  • Eliza

    I love “I am the laaaaaaw”.

  • Eliza

    “I am the laaaaaaw” is awesome.

    • Welcome to the Toilet!

      GL

      • Eliza

        Thanks! I love it in here.

        • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

          Welcome!

    • Maik Beninton™

      “I am the laaaaaaw” ist krieg.

      • Eliza

        Sehr kreig.

    • tigeraid

      Armand Assante was the only reason to watch that movie.

      • Eliza

        He gave the performance of a lifetime.

  • Janitor Jim Duggan

    Jack Kirby wrote a short lived comic series called Satan’s Six. They were superheroes that were used by Satan but it was comedic as they were incompetent. It was written for Topps short lived comic label.

    • The sixth Satan was Tipper Gore?

      • Janitor Jim Duggan

        No. It was a demon from Hell named Frightfulm

  • tigeraid

    Iced Earth and A Sound of Thunder both in a TovH article? My life is complete. Great writeup btw.

    • ME GORAK B.C.™

      DARK SAGA ROCKS!!!!!

      • tigeraid

        “I Died For You” = the feels. errrry time.

        • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

          That was the first song I ever heard by them, and laughed my ass off. Didn’t get into IE after that for quite some time.

        • ME GORAK B.C.™

          QUESTION OV HEAVEN TOO!!!!!!

  • CyberneticOrganism

    We Hate Movies has a great episode on the Stallone Judge Dredd movie.

    https://ia700707.us.archive.org/14/items/Episode31-JudgeDredd/JudgeDredd.mp3

    • Robot, you ever catch the 2012 Dredd movie?

      • CyberneticOrganism
        • Vote for Jeb

          So good. Even my wife really enjoyed it.

        • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

          I keep forgetting that Rob Schneider was in the original (which is sorely missing from the remake).

      • Max

        Jeez, I should’ve read the whole thread before maxsplaining, shouldn’t I?

      • Óðinn

        Yeah, it was meh. Still hasn’t quite been done properly yet.

    • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

      Wolverine forgot his dentures.

  • KJM, Shake Zula

    I remember when Marvel Comics were “Still Only 25 Cents!!!” during the late 70s. I stopped when they got to $1.00.

  • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

    I can’t help but think that Manowar and Virgin Steele were and probably still are more than a little influenced by Conan The Barbarian comics and Frank Frazetta.

    http://static1.squarespace.com/static/53eadbbae4b0ba68f27e6191/5445306fe4b0554dc589f68a/54453074e4b0d8c56ac27647/1413820535514/conan.jpg

    http://images.uulyrics.com/cover/m/manowar/album-warriors-of-the-world.jpg

    • KJM, Shake Zula

      Gee, ya think?

    • Boss the Ross

      Manowar were very much influenced by comics. I’ve read interviews with Ross the Boss in which he sights both Conan and Thor comics as having a profound affect on him and the rest of the band. Just look at the cover of Hail to England. Drawn by comic artist Ken Landgraf.

      • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

        Wait, wait, whaaaaaa?!!…………… You mean you aren’t actually Ross The Boss?

  • KJM, Shake Zula
    • BEARD-SPLITTER

      Have fun, you crazy guy

      • KJM, Shake Zula

        I did.

        • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

          Was your dick flattened, crushed and pulverized?

          • KJM, Shake Zula

            Pretty much. It was a small, packed(sold out) house too.

  • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

    Almost forgot too, Jhonen Vasquez (Johnny The Homocidal Maniac, Invader Zim, Lenore) also did the album art for Ohgr’s (Skinny Puppy’s singer) ‘SunnyPsysop’.

    http://i49.tinypic.com/algjkm.jpg

  • Boss the Ross

    Excellent write up, being a fan of both comics and metal, i love it when they cross paths.

  • 3leggedDog

    i thought i was going to read something like this on metalsucks…then they did memes. and all i wanted to read was about STC’s Rime of the Ancient Mariner – done by Maiden. Any other suggestions for metal meeting classic lit? or any?

    http://www.metalsucks.net/2015/10/26/when-metal-meets-classic-literature/

  • 3leggedDog

    *runs around table manically while ‘i am the law’ plays

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  • Oily Kung Fu Bologna Riot

    Anyone else remember the video game for Shadowman? Never knew there was a comic for it, much less an album dedicated to it.

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  • KJM, Shake Zula

    Lori S. from Acid King at the Middle East Upstairs

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