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Rock & Roll Comics: Hard Rock Heroes Paperback – April 20, 2010

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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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"Check it out and rock on with your bad self after the jump! " MTV

"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!"
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Product Details

  • 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: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,559,364 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Paperback
When I first saw this book the cover looked to me as some sort of Guitar Hero rip-off or wannabe because of the cover's artwork and the title itself, Hard Rock Heroes (and the way it was written on the cover), reminded me of the video game franchise. Reading the description at the back of the book made me realize it was totally different and NOT linked to Guitar Hero in any way. In fact, Hard Rock Heroes could be best described as a collection of comics from different rock/metal bands published prior to 1992 (with exception on the brief Motley Crue one which was included in the band's 2004 box set, Music To Crash You Car To II. They also included a "missing" Skid Row comic from 1990 that was appearently never published.). At almost 300 pages the book makes for a good read, it took me a few hours and I really enjoyed how realistic the artwork was in the comics (some are so-so but they are mostly excellent in terms of art).

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.
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Format: Paperback
This is one of those I thought was worth the expense. I was a true fan in the 90's with the original rock and roll comics. So getting them now for my book shelf is a very cool thing. The book is in black and white and wish they colored it - but I thought it holds up very well.
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By Grouchie on December 12, 2015
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This 240-page graphic novel was released in March of 2010 by Blue Water Productions who also published Female Force: Margaret Thatcher, Logan's Run and have a Joan Jett comic coming out in June. The Hard Rock book features the biggest, dumbest bands in mainstream rock from 1980 to 1991 including Van Halen, GNR, Poison and Tesla.

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.
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