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competent art
historical bonus 2
total score 4
Rock n Roll Madness #2
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Back Cover
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Only Printing / 1974 / 36 pages / Cozmic Comics
The second and final issue of Rock n Roll Madness features another putrid-but-lovely front cover by Greg Irons. The lead story is "Album Notes" by Geoff Rowley with art by Dave Gibbons. It presents a series of faux photos and handwritten notations that describe the daily life of a rock band called Electric Angst as they produce their next hit record. It offers all the bizarre eccentricities of a supergroup rock band, including drugs, STDs, pregnant groupies, and outrageous guest musician appearances. I would say this story is dated, but I'm not sure that reality backs me up on that.

The second story, "Dirty Pussy," isn't credited in the book and I'm not sure who did it (help!), but it's a pretty funny adventure of a cool cat who rockets to rock n' roll stardom but flames out just as quickly. The book descends in quality pretty quickly after "Dirty Pussy" as Joe "J.J." Petagno does a fairly lame but graphicly stylish satire of (I think) Gary Glitter. This is just a warm-up for Petagno before he does his one-man comic It's Only Rock & Roll.

The remainder of the book provides stories about the life of a typical rock-n-roll musician, a magical rock guitar, and a couple so-called tributes to the blues. Rock n Roll Madness #2 is front-loaded with the decent stuff and filled out with some pretty crappy stuff.
It is currently unknown how many copies of this comic book were printed. It has not been reprinted.


Greg Irons - 1
Geoff Rowley - 2-7 (script), 26-30 (script), 31-35 (script)
Dave Gibbons - 2-7 (art)
unknown - 8-15
Joe "J.J." Petagno - 16-21, 36
Edward Barker - 22-25 (art)
Mick Farren - 22-25 (script)
J. Wesolowski - 26-30 (art)
Malcolm Poynter - 31-35 (art)