- Series: Rock & Roll Comics
- Paperback: 240 pages
- Publisher: Bluewater Productions (April 20, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1616239247
- ISBN-13: 978-1616239244
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 1.5 x 10.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,057,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Rock & Roll Comics: Hard Rock Heroes Paperback – April 20, 2010
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"Great ideas, like the marriage of rock 'n' roll and comics, have the half-life of uranium and will always be popular," says Jay Allen Sanford of Revolutionary Comics.
The folks at Bluewater clearly have their fingers on the same pop culture pulse that enabled the original Rock 'N' Roll Comics to become one of the top-selling indie comics of the '90s. Truth is often stranger than fiction...and certainly much more interesting!"
About the Author
Jay Allen Sanford - is an American author and cartoonist best known for his work with Revolutionary Comics, Carnal Comics, and Pacific Comics. He co-created the comic book Rock N Roll Comics with Todd Loren in 1989, which is still being published in 2011 by Bluewater Productions. The publishing company he co-founded, Carnal Comics, is best known for launching the movie and cartoon character Demi the Demoness. Sanford ran Carnal Comics from 1994 through 2000, before handing over the publishing reins to SS Crompton.
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Hard Rock Heroes includes comics of the following bands : AC/DC, Megadeth, Metallica, Pantera, Poison, Guns N'Rose, Queensryche, Van Halen, Black Sabbath/Ozzy, Skid Row, Anthrax, Motorhead , Tesla and Motley Crue. If you're interested by the majority of these bands, would like to read some excellent comics that look at those band's careers exactly as it was and having some cool and detailed artwork as well, this is for you. For those who want to see what they're buying, it's best you do, head to a library and seek out this book, after flipping through pages and reading here and there you will have better judgment. That's exactly what I did, I flipped through the book, read here and there and I decided to give it a shot and I have not regretted it. The lengths of the comics vary from one another, there are longer ones such as the AC/DC and Queensryche ones, middle lengths ones such as the GN'R and Megadeth ones and brief ones like Motley Crue's. The Ozzy/Black Sabbath and Van Halen stories each receive two comics instead of one which is pretty cool.
I liked pretty much all of the comics but I particularly enjoyed the Ozzy/Sabbath, AC/DC, Metallica and Van Halen ones, perhaps the stories were more interesting or maybe I am just more into those bands. I know that this book will get criticized for covering some of the 1980's Glam/ Hair Metal bands like Poison, Skid Row and Tesla but I found the comics enjoyable and don't have anything against these band though I certainly understand why someone would. What do you expect from a collection of rock n roll comics? It's hard to give a definitive answer but I do like them to be accurate as far as facts and storytelling goes, that's what you get here, I was surprised at how accurate those comics were. The writers got the chart numbers, albums sales and date perfect almost each time (I found two or three minor errors), you can tell by reading one of the comics in Hard Rock Heroes that the folks who wrote the comics back then really care about the music! Frankly I don't know what's left to say, Hard Rock Heroes is an excellent read for the rock and comic book fans or simpler people who strongly like rock music. I am not a huge fan of comics anymore but I appreciated those offered in this book, 4 stars.
This book, based on the unauthorized biographies originally put together by Todd Loren who was killed at age 32 in San Diego in 1992, covers that special time in music when big hair and men-in-women's make-up ruled mainstream rock with a curling iron, mopey choruses and dopey-eyed fans who affirmed the fact that yes, every rose really does have a thorn.
The book is terrible, but it's terrible in a way that will make your sides aches as you watch Ozzy mistakenly scarf on a live bat in Iowa or the boys from Poison or GNR "show just how much heart a band can have". Arg.