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March 17, 2011 5:58 PM   Subscribe

Comic Punx is a blog devoted to the (mostly hilarious) depictions of punk rock in comic books. It's by Andrew Weiss, who's main blog is Armagideon Time (home of the great Nobody's Favorites.) He's also one of the the Bureau Chiefs behind Fake AP Stylebook (previously) and runs Dateline: Silver Age (previouisly).
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn (21 comments total) 10 users marked this as a favorite

 
Hurrah!

Punks are, of course, a mainstay of 2000ad and the Dreddiverse in particular.
posted by Artw at 6:22 PM on March 17, 2011


I've generally found the Hellblazer to be a pretty solid comic punk rock depiction. Also, recently Constantine dressed up to play the part of an aging version of his old self, and it was pretty hilarious.
posted by Dr.Enormous at 6:23 PM on March 17, 2011 [1 favorite]


And of course...
posted by Artw at 6:30 PM on March 17, 2011


Ulthar Cats!
posted by tumid dahlia at 6:31 PM on March 17, 2011


I always thought that was a good look for Storm

there's a comic I read about an underground punk musician with semi-magical powers who resurfaces after a long absence. i can't remember the name. kinda had a seedy, Unknown Armies feel. pretty good

there's also Weird Tales of the Ramones, with "A full-color, 52-page book contains graphic novel liner notes and illustrations by 25 top comic artists, including Sergio Aragones (Mad magazine), Bill Stout (EC Comics), Bill Griffith (Zippy The Pinhead), Xaime Hernandez (Love And Rockets), and Carol Lay (WayLay)". I really need to get it someday

always wanted to write a comic about The Ramones being pulled forward into the far future to fight a dystopian government
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 6:35 PM on March 17, 2011


Maybe he can solve the mystery of the source of this panel for me.
posted by ryanshepard at 7:13 PM on March 17, 2011


always wanted to write a comic about The Ramones being pulled forward into the far future to fight a dystopian government

Johnny would side with the regime, Dee Dee wouldn't give a fuck either way, and Joey would spend most of the comic trying to remember if the drummer was named Marky, Tommy, or Richie.
posted by BitterOldPunk at 7:28 PM on March 17, 2011 [3 favorites]


Maybe he can solve the mystery of the source of this panel for me.
posted by ryanshepard


Maybe from THIS? That panel certainly looks like it was from the Dick Tracey comic strip near the end of it's run...
posted by Ron Thanagar at 7:33 PM on March 17, 2011


This is something at which mainstream comics weren't much better than Jack Chick.
posted by ignignokt at 9:33 PM on March 17, 2011 [2 favorites]


there's a weird tension between the music geek and comic book geek scenes, though there seem to be lots of musos who like comics
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:42 PM on March 17, 2011


This is something at which mainstream comics weren't much better than Jack Chick.

The Angels? the famous Aussie pub rock band? can't imagine them in a church
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 9:43 PM on March 17, 2011


"For the record, Rahne 'Wolfsbane' Sinclair was my first comic book crush."

Wow. I thought I was the only one.
posted by MrBadExample at 9:55 PM on March 17, 2011


No OMAC?
posted by benzenedream at 2:27 AM on March 18, 2011


Comic Punk's Not Dead!
posted by fearfulsymmetry at 3:08 AM on March 18, 2011


I wonder if he caught "How to be a Mad Non-Conformist", published in Mad magazine in 1959. This visionary comic predicted the whole run of hipster culture from the 1970s on, including punk -- right down to the mohawks -- 20 years before it happened.
posted by Faze at 4:25 AM on March 18, 2011 [3 favorites]


I wonder if he caught "How to be a Mad Non-Conformist",

"Puree of Electric Eel".
posted by ovvl at 4:33 AM on March 18, 2011


This blog seems of a piece with Destroy All Movies!!! The Complete Guide to Punks on Film. In fact, I suspect that a lot of the movies listed in the book are the real reason why you saw so much faux punk in comics. Sometimes, during the eighties, I'd wonder why I saw so many more mohawks in comics than I did in real life. Was it something that was big in NYC that never caught on in Chicago, the big city that I spent the most time in? Or did comic book writers and artists spend more time than I did in some underworld demimonde that thrived on hair dye and Aqua-Net?

Then I realized that quite the opposite was true--the Marvel Bullpen and the people at DC had no idea what the Kool Kidz in their own city were doing, and so they filled in from glimpses caught from movies like Repo Man and Liquid Sky, or imagined that there were biker gangs in the bad parts of town that were basically like those in the blasted postapocalyptic Australian outback of The Road Warrior. If Marv Wolfman and the Buscema brothers couldn't do a little field research at a real Queens high school in the late seventies for Nova, the Human Rocket, and instead put everyone in Beatles haircuts and turtlenecks, then they weren't going to risk getting jumped by thugs, and instead assumed that they'd traded out their pompadours and Wayfarers for mohawks and wraparound shades, and kept the biker jackets pretty much the same.
posted by Halloween Jack at 5:52 AM on March 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Of course their banner logo is from Love & Rockets!

Speaking of which, they only cite one panel so far, but it's a classic.
posted by Gelatin at 8:02 AM on March 18, 2011


Somewhat related: Mike Baron told me once at a con that there was an editorial mandate at Marvel during his time there that street gangs had to represent various ethnicities equally, and so if you go through '80s and early '90s era Marvel comics, you'll see some... interesting ideas of what gangs in New York looked like.

the Marvel Bullpen and the people at DC had no idea what the Kool Kidz in their own city were doing

There was a Spider-Man plot once where one of Aunt May's borders shoots somebody on the subway -- why hello, Mr. Popchick -- and at his trial, if my fuzzy memory serves, he has to testify against a gang of "punks", one who has a ripped black t-shirt with STING written across it in large letters.
posted by Shepherd at 9:30 AM on March 18, 2011 [1 favorite]


Andrew is a national treasure and, I'm glad to say, a friend.
posted by Legomancer at 10:27 AM on March 18, 2011


I woke up to the Quincy Punks ep. Weird
posted by Lovecraft In Brooklyn at 5:27 PM on March 18, 2011


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