Yes, we’ll briefly shift back into “teacher comics” mode for the next few days. I know you’re all jazzed!
Archive for June, 2013
This week, we’ll be looking at Georgie by Robert Bright, originally published in 1944 by Doubleday and Co, republished in 1968 by Scholastic Book Services.
I paid 50 cents for my copy, which included both a small version of the original book and a vinyl recording of the story.
I love the salsa from The Salsa Guy, which is sold fresh in our Farmers’ Market every weekend during the summer from Memorial Day to Labor Day. I think it’s one of my favorite foods today; if you live in the greater Cincinnati area, go to the West Chester Farmers’ Market and get some. Nothing right now makes me happier than a homemade chicken quesadilla with a dab of sour cream and a heaping helping of salsa.
…except my lovely wife and children, I guess. I can see THEM all year round; fresh salsa’s a three or four months out of the year occurrence.
Today we’re looking at Def Leppard #1, published by Rock Fantasy Comics in 1990. Cover price on this was $3 bucks; I got it for a quarter at Half-Price Books.
A couple of things before we dig in. I am not a fan of this band. I am sure there are legions of fans who worship Def Leppard’s feet at the but, if I’m being honest with you, I’ve always viewed DL as something of a joke. The “glam rock” era of music offered many bands worth of derision; I lump Def Leppard in with those groups in my mind. Before I started writing this, the only song I could identify with confidence as a Def Leppard song is “Pour Some Sugar On Me”.
I also know nothing about Rock Fantasy Comics, an outfit that published many comic books centering on famous rock musicians. If this book is indicative of the type of work the company regularly published, there’s a reason I’ve never heard of Rock Fantasy Comics before this week. In the introduction to Def Leppard, publisher Michael Valentine Smith explains the reasoning behind this comic, saying:
Rock has often taken the attributes of Science Fiction or Fantasy to fire the imagination of its’ audience. We thought it might be fun to turn the tables and combine Rock and Roll with Fantasy/Science Fiction for the printed page. So we’ve created an imaginary universe and peopled it with characters in the guise of some of our favorite Rock Stars. We make no claims of accuracy, since the stories are “Work of Fiction”.
I had to clean that up a bit; Smith might be a titan in the rock ‘n roll comic publishing industry, but his grammar and usage is pretty atrocious throughout this comic.
“Atrocious” is probably a good place to start concerning the content of this book; it’s an anthology of four stories featuring Def Leppard. Anthologies can often prove to be a mixed bag, with some good stories and some bad ones. This is NOT a mixed bag. All the stories are uniformly bad.