Way back in the 80s, when I was in college, it wasn’t really cool to read comics. Of course, I didn’t stop reading them. Occasionally, I’d lend my comics to my classmates so they could read them, but for the most parts, Marvel-type superheroes were viewed as silly or childish by many college students.
It’s funny, but I still remember having to scold Brian Winke (he lived down the hallway of dormitory) when he bent back the cover of my copy of Avengers #217. I gave him a friendly lesson on the tragedy of spine roll and how it destroyed the condition of comic. Clearly, comics were important to me, cool or not.
The one comic that I was never paused to read ‘in public’ was Heavy Metal. It was filled with strong art and adult themes. Although, to be fair, “adult themes” often translated simply to excessive violence and topless robot girls.
The story I really enjoyed back then was Jim Steranko’s adaptation of Outland. That was a science fiction movie starring Sean Connery that was essentially High Noon in space. It was serialized over a few issues, and Steranko was delivering stunning top-of-his-game pages each and every time.
But I inevitably drifted away from Heavy Metal over the years. Somehow, I’d categorize it as something adjacent to comics, but not really include it as part of my core comics purchases.
Now, in 2020, that might all change. There’s a new sheriff in town. Matt Medney is the new Chief Executive Officer of Heavy Metal. I caught up with him and he pulled back the curtain to share his vision and his plans for Heavy Metal. Continue reading “With Further Ado #96: Heavy Metal – Your One Way Ticket To Midnight”