OK. Just a quick piece here on the foolishness of censorship. Tony Harris took over cover work for Dark Horse Comics' amazing series "Conan with issue 24. Here is the cover he submitted initially:
Tasteful and erotic. Awesome. I have the issue in my collection and I am very happy for it. But...Even Dark Horse, a publisher that is always top-notch, must submit to the wheels and gizmos of the world (America) and after releasing somewhere around 4000 copies of the beautiful nude cover that Tony intended they released this cover that would supplant the original:
Well. Shit looks doctored does it not? What a half-assed cover. I appreciate that it looks like Tony merely zapped a cheesy bikini pajama onto the woman's body. It looks totally last second and not just a little bit like a joke. I guess if you have to censor yourself you might as well have some fun with it. Anyhoo, the whole business is laughable. Maybe I am a pervert that regularly reads "Heavy Metal", but I think the nudity is tasteful and very pleasing. Yeah, I am a pervert that regularly reads "Heavy Metal", but according to Me there is nothing wrong with that. In fact, I think there ought to be more perverts that read "Heavy Metal". It is a really good magazine and Kevin Eastman can have my money any day of the week. I wonder what would have happened if Conan was sans pants in the original cover? That might have been an even more interesting scenario. I'll be in the back of class reading Richard Corben comics and eating mushrooms for the rest of the week. Enjoy.