Esoteric Comics History part 666
Saturday, April 24, 2010
By Spahr Schmitt
Thursday April 25th 1985, All Ages event at the infamous Electric Banana nightclub, Pittsburgh, PA.
SAMHAIN, Glenn Danzig’s post-MISFITS outfit, was little more than a year old, but already making a second stop in the ‘burgh.
My punk-rock “sponsor” (my sister’s boyfriend) had a band that opened for SAMHAIN the first time they came through, and had become friendly with Mr. Zig. By way of doing me a solid, a polite introduction was made. Glenn was less than enthused to be shaking the hand of a 15 year old kid, but I was meeting a hero of sorts and was anxious to find out a little about our mutual interest: comics.
I asked “What comics do you read?”
He replied “Nothing you would know.”
“Mostly ’50s stuff.”
“You’re into EC’s: Krigstein, Wood, Elder…?”
“Well I can tell that you like Michael Golden!”
“Uh yeah, he’s one of my favorite artists”
“I know – you ripped off your logo off of the cover of Crystar #8″
“Uhhh … I had to finish it!”
It’s true. The SAMHAIN/DANZIG iconic skull, synonymous with Glenn’s projects to this day, a symbol of darkness and menacing evil, is a tracing of a Michael Golden illustration used to sell one of the most half-witted, lame-brained children’s toy FLOPS of the last quarter-century. Admittedly.