Head Case

Mon, September 16th, 2013
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otterdisaster Mon, September 16, 2013 edit delete
In 1994 the long running Metal Head Magazine adopted a format and title change (the numbering remained). Heavy Metal was in a steep decline following its heyday in the mid 1980s and the publishers were hoping to cash in on the most recent comics boom.

Articles and reviews were trimmed in favor of adding Heavy Metal themed comic features. The July 1998 issue included:

'Lil Lars: The Last Headbanger on Earth - Lars would try to save heavy metal from Rapper Mutants, Roving Bands of Biker Evangelists, Electronica Robots and Country Music Good 'Ol Boys in a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

The Screaming Metal Babies - The story of 5 kids who were all conceived at the same Judas Priest concert in 1981, and grow up to become teen-aged, Metal-Themed superheroes.

Lilith Swordbringer - a fantasy/sword and sorcery series with plenty of T & A, graphic violence, and heavy metal themes.

These comics provided the bulk of the content, but written articles and review remained an integral part of this odd hybrid, that survives to this day.

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Matthew Peterson Mon, September 16, 2013 edit delete reply
Thanks to executive producer Bernie Lomax, a wrestler named Lilith Sword bringer actually made several appearances in Badlandz Wrestling. The part was played by Lena Harcourt, who went on to greater fame as Titania, four time WIBWF Women's Heavyweight Champion...
otterdisaster Wed, September 18, 2013 edit delete reply
Lomax made a deal with the publishers, who agreed to license the character for wrestling purposes against the vehement objections of the character's creator.

Fans of the comic hated the wrestler, fans of the wrestler came to the comic and didn't get what they expected either. The whole thing was an example of synergy gone wrong.

Still, Harcourt did look good wearing that belt...