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This Issue: Pinheads! Blasphemy! Plus—The Absolute King of the Serials! brother Lippy. Also on hand are Shel-Lie, his “Are we having un yet?” Anyway, in the late 90s, ater years o media-obsessed cohort, the loserish redneck Claude Funston, the obnoxious and hyper- production work, Gri ith came hear tbreakmanipulative Mr. Toad (one o Grifth’s earli- ingly close to getting Zippy on TV as an est underground creations), and the Almighty, animated series. However, Zippy remains God Himsel, in the orm o a giant, disembod- as-yet unilmed, and may in act be unilmied head o an old white guy. able. The act is Griith’s comic strip may To you Metal-Heads who are unacquaint- just be too esoteric, too intelligent, and ed with the origin o American’s avorite too darned bizarre to make it onto the big microcephalic, here’s a little bit o back- screen. Still, Griith has gotten his share ground. Zippy made his irst appearance o pop culture accolades over the years. in Real Pulp Comix #1 (March, 1971) in The Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco mounted a show o Griith’s work, entitled, a story entitled, “I Gave My Heart to a Pinhead and He Made a Fool Out o Me.” “Zippy and Beyond: A Pinhead’s Progress” Griith realized he was on to something in 1999. Despite the act that most readers with this pinhead, so he developed Zippy o the mainstream unny pages don’t really you like pinheads, I mean i you really into a recurring character that was picked “get” Zippy’s special brand o humor and like pinheads, then there’s a new book that up as a weekly one-tier black and white strip social commentary, Griith’s colleagues in you simply must add to your library. Ding in the amous counterculture paper, The the National Cartoonists Society nominated Dong Daddy from Dingburg is the latest col- Berkley Barb in 1976, ollowing appearances Zippy or Best Newspaper Strip in 2007. lection o Zippy the Pinhead strips rom cre- in Yow! and other underground titles. Rip Late last year saw the premiere o Zippy the ator Bill Grifth. It’s got the usual quota o O Press soon syndicated the strip nation- Musical , which had a short run in Ba ltimore. non-sequiturs, pop culture reerences, bizarre ally in underground papers all over the U.S. Zippy’s hordes o obsessed ans, who decidroadside attractions, and o-the-wall philo- Griith’s cranially-challenged idiot savant edly do “get” Zippy, remain ever-hopeul sophical musings that Zippy ans have come to inally broke through to the mainstream that one day there will be a cinematic pinexpect in the 30+ years Grifth has been writ- media when he began appearing in The San head epic that’s as unny, insightul, and ing and drawing the strip. However, what’s re- Francisco Examiner in 1985, and was then surpassingly strange as Griith’s strip has ally interesting about this latest compilation is picked up by King Features Syndicate in been since its inception. We can only hope that most o the daily and Sunday strips take 1986. Zippy now runs in 200 papers all over that this longed-or ilmic masterpiece will place in Dingburg, a town entirely populated the U.S., and is sel-syndicated by Griith to come to pass eventually. Ding Dong Daddy (Fantagraphics Books, by pinheads, male and emale, adults and chil- a number o college and underground newsdren, even Arican-American pinheads. Oddly papers. Since then, there’s been a small lood 2010) includes both daily and Sunday strips enough, I have yet see any Hispanic or Asian o Zippy merchandise, including T-shirts, rom the last two years and there’s a nice pinheads rubbing elbows with Zippy, so I won- calendars, cloth dolls and books. O course, color section o the Sunday strips that allow der what’s up with that. Questions o political there have been rumblings about a Zippy Zippy to really spread his wings and get truly correctness aside, this book nds Zippy in rare movie or several decades (including a live bizarre. I especially liked al l the strips where orm. Griy, creator Grifth’s cartoon alter ego, action one that would have starred showbiz Zippy is communing with the many kitschy Zippy’s most requent interlocutor is there, o whack job Randy Quaid as Zippy. Boy, talk and downright weird roadside attractions course, as well as supporting players like Zer- about a match made in casting heaven!) Oh, that Griith inds so ascinating. I you’re bina, Zippy’s spouse, his children Fuelrod and in case you didn’t know, the Zippy strip already a an, you’ll love this new collection. and Meltdown, and his depressed, black-clad is the source o the ot-quoted catch-phrase, I you’re not araid to dip into Zippy’s unique
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Tao B ang
BY DANIEL PECqUEUR, OLIVIER VATINE, FRED BLANCHARD AND DIDIER CASSEGRAIN
ALL RIGHT, I’M LISTENING! WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY IN YOUR DEFENSE?...
... LIEUTENANT, LOCK ‘EM UP!
GET DOWN THERE, YOU TWO!
FAIR ENOUGH...HERE IS WHAT I CALL A TELLING SILENCE!...YOU TWO WILL REMAIN CONFINED ON BOARD DURING OUR STOP AT PORT XARNATH!
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WELL DONE, KESH! WHAT A BRILLIANT IDEA YOU HAD!...
WE SHOULD’VE NEVER STOLEN THAT HOOCH BARREL! I WAS NEVER FOR IT IN THE FIRST PLACE!
DIDN’T STOP YOU FROM DRINKING THREE-QUARTERS OF IT!
MAYBE, BUT I DIDN’T KNOW IT BELONGED TO THE VINTAGE BATCH INTENDED FOR THE SHEIK!
ANYWAY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT’LL HAPPEN TO US NOW...
...BUT WHAT ARE YOU DOING?! HA! HERE IT IS!
...SEE MY FRIEND, I SPENT HALF OF MY LIFE DOWN IN THE HOLD...
...IT TAUGHT ME TO NEVER LEAVE ANYTHING TO CHANCE!
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A NECTAR FROM ANOTHER WORLD... THIS TYRANT HAS GOOD TAST E!
DAME ELLORA! DAME ELLORA!
A SHIP JUST DOCKED AT THE PORT!...SHOULD I ASK THE GIRLS TO GET READY?
TSSS!...TSSS!...ADINATH, MY DARLING, IF YOU WERE PAYING ANY ATTENTION TO ITS ARMS, YOU’D SEE THAT THIS SHIP BELONGS TO AD ARPHAX’S FLEET, THE DRAGON SHEIK...
...AND I DON’T THINK HE WOULD ALLOW HIS SHIP’S MEN TO FOOL AROUND AT ONE OF HIS RIVALS!
AH, DANG... I THOUGHT BUSINESS WAS GONNA PICK UP!
CAPTAIN, THE SHEIK WANTS TO SEE YOU AS SOON AS POSSIBLE!
LIEUTENANT, UNLOAD THE REST OF THE SHIPMENT WHILE I’M GONE!
COME IN, MY FRIEND...
...HAVE A SEAT...
SO...WHAT ARE YOU BRINGING ME BACK FROM YOUR TRAVELS IN THE ORIENT?
ENOUGH PALM WINE AND OTHER LIQUORS TO FILL UP THE CELLARS OF THE SEVENTH CIRCLE UNTIL THE NEXT SEASON, MY LORD!
PERFECT, MY CLIENTS LOVE THESE EXOTIC BEVERAGES...A FONDNESS I SHARE WITH THEM MYSELF!...
...SPEAKING OF FONDNESS: HAVE YOU THOUGHT OF MY ORDER?
TO BE HONEST, MY LORD, PRODUCTION WAS DISASTROUS THIS YEAR AND I COULDN’T FIND WHAT YOU ASKED FOR...
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…LAUDABLE LIE I MUST ADMIT, SINCE YOU ARE TRYING TO SAVE ONE OF YOUR SAILORS FROM HIS DESERVED PUNISHMENT...
SINCE YOU HEARD OF THIS PETTY THEFT, YOU MUST KNOW THAT I SENT THE CULPRITS TO THE HOLD, MY LORD!
IT IS UP TO ME TO DECIDE OF THE CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, CAPTAIN...
…UP TO ME TO DECIDE OF THEIR FATE...
…BUT A LIE NONETHELESS!
…AND OF YOURS!!
I APOLOGIZE, I MEANT TO SAY, “CAPTAIN”… ON ORDERS OF THE SHEIK, YOU’VE JUST BEEN PROMOTED!... LIEUTENANT!
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…I CAME TO PICK UP THE PRISONERS!
FOR KERNOK’S SAKE! THIS DAMN KEY BROKE IN THE LOCK!
SHHH…I HEAR SOME STEPS… GIMME THE BOARD!
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DON’T MAKE ME HURT YOU, OLD MAN! THE SHEIK HATES HAVING TO TORTURE PUNY PRISONERS!
…GET OUT OF THERE NICELY!
AHEM… KESH, I SUGEST WE OBEY THE OFFICER...
…COME ON! GET OUT!
WHAT ARE YOU DOING? HE’S ALONE AND WE CAN TAKE HIM...
SHUT UP AND MOVE!!
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YAAH-AA!! MY CART!!
KOFF! KOFF!... HELP ME, GUARDS!
…DO NOT LET THEM…KOFF… ESCAPE!
LET ME SEE.
WHAT’S ALL THIS HULLABALOO?... …OOH LA LA! IT’S THE SHIP! IT’S ON FIRE!
LOOKS LIKE A MUTINY!
AND RIGHT UNDER AD ARPHAX’S NOSE, MY SWORN ENEMY!!
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HURRY! THEY’RE CATCHING UP!!
THE BARRELS, KIRIN! DUMP THE BARRELS!
TWO GUARDS DOWN! WELL DONE! THEY’LL BE OKAY!
GET OUT OF THE WAY!!
NOT SO FAST! …THEY WON’T BE ABLE TO ESCAPE THE NEXT WAVE OF PATROLS COMNG UP...
HURRY! MY CAPE!
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K…KESH… I’M SLIPPING!!
…TWO MORE SECONDS!
HOLD ON, MY FRIEND!...
DAMN! I THOUGHT HE WOULD NEVER LET GO!...
YUP! HE SURELY SEEMED VERY… ATTACHED!
HA! HA! HA! CAREFUL! RIGHT AHEAD...
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OUCH! MY LEG!
…IF WE GET OUT OF THIS ONE, I’M GOOD FOR AN AMPUTATION! STOP MOVING SO MUCH OR I’LL NEVER PULL YOU BACK UP!
THIS PLACE WILL BE SWARMED BY GUARDS ANY TIME NOW...
…I URGE YOU NOT TO WASTE ANY TIME!
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DID YOU FIND THE FUGITIVES YET? NO…THEY MUST BE FAR BY NOW.
OR VERY CLOSE...
…DRINK THIS, MY LORD… THIS DISTILLATE DOESN’T QUITE HOLD THE VIRTUES OF THE ELIXIR OF CYCAS BUT IT WILL EASE YOUR PAIN AS YOU WAIT FOR THE NEXT DELIVERY.
THANK YOU, NAGAR...
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I HAVE A FEELING THEY’RE NEARBY…HIDING… SOMEWHERE IN TOWN. WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY “VERY CLOSE”?
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In the Blues*
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*NEL BLU is the title of the popular Italian song “VOLARE” by Domenico Modugno. “Volare” means “to fly”
C’MON, BABES! I GOT ALL THAT YOU DESIRE! I WANT YOU HAPPY- THE BEST IS YET TO COME!
LET’S GO TO THE PRIVE. I’VE GOT SOME SNOW AND WE CAN DO A LOT OF LINES...
HERE’S ONE OF THE BEST, SIR. I HOPE THE LADIES WILL APPRECIATE IT.
HEY, HONEY... DON’T BE SO TOUCHY! THERE'S ENOUGH FOR YOU TOO!