on October 10, 2005
By the time of 1993's Meatmen Volume 14, the publisher and several of his better contributors had already parted company, and the cracks were beginning to show; the front and back covers by 'Osze' on this volume were a particular error in judgement, as while you can get away with a certain percentage of duff art inside, slapping mediocrely-traced fanboy sketches on the front of the book will only deter possible readers and browsers.
Inside, there's many of the usual faces; a vintage Tom of Finland, "Forced Entry" by 'Stephen', admittedly the strongest and most erotic story in the book, where opportunistic burglars take more than their victim's valuables; 'Sean's "Tunnel of Lust", with his usual cast of Jethro-clones. All good, fun stuff, and joined this time by Neal Adams-wannabe 'Hozer', and Joven's "Jack Masters, Private Dick", two creditable and nicely-drawn genre pieces.
However, there's also lengthy contributions from the dated and distorted 'Mike', John Blackburn's 'Coley' who's convoluted and overly-ornate style doesn't work for me, the aforementioned 'Osze', and Farraday, one of the less competent renderers ever to hit Meatmen's pages. "Jackin' Off", by 'Joe', while faithfully traced from physique and porno mags, lacks credibility and fails to satisfy. So, that's half of the 'serious' contribs in some way deficient.
On the comedy front, things are more hopeful; Donelan and Kurt Erichsen work their usual bitchy magic, (what, no Jeff Krell's "Jayson" this time round? For shame!) and surprisingly, 'The Hun' proves more adept at one-off funnies this time than he ever does in his claustrophobic and sticky-fingered porno stories.
Not without merit, by any means, but if you're not a hopeless completist, and just want to sample a Meatmen volume, there are several rather better ones to try.
on July 29, 2005
Another fun collection of gay comics from 1991. Highlights include...
"TUNNEL OF LUST" by "SEAN" -- sewer workers find more than their work to keep them busy below the streets.
"JACK MASTERS: DIAMOND STUD" by "JOVEN" -- The "Private Dick" takes on a missing-persons case which leads to danger, villence, and S E X.
"BROC IN THE STONE AGE" by "MIKE" -- well-muscled cavemen & plenty of dinosaurs.
"FORCED ENTRY" by "STEPHEN" -- An apartment break-in leads to a non-stop orgy! One of the hottest stories in the book.
"COLEY ON THE EDGE: ROLLER BOOGIE HOTROD" by JOHN BLACKBURN -- The 2nd MEATMEN installment with Coley Cochran, voodoo-endowed blonde bi-boy has him putting on a street exhibition on wheels, then tactfully hitching a ride from a pair of admirers before the cops arrive. Next thing you know, they're back at the guy's place for a hot "69" while his girlfriend watches. This also appeared as the 3rd episode (of 5) in Blackburn's COLEY: WILD IN THE STREETS book. The dialogue in the last panel has been altered; originally it acted as a lead-in to the complex soap-opera, BREATHLESS.
Other highlights: "KAKE: SEX ON THE TRAIN" by "Tom Of Finland"; "CONSTRUCTION CREW" and "JUST DESSERTS" by "Hozer"; "MURPHY'S MANOR" by Kurt Erichsen; "JACKIN' OFF WITH HANK" by "Joe" (well-rendered well-hung studs in the gym & in the showers); and 8 cartoons by Gerald Donelan.