The front cover to Twisted Image #1. Published in July 1982. I was madly in love with this chick at the time, who was into punk rock. So I put the whole thing together in the hopes of impressing her and therefore I would get laid. I was 25 years old. And could barely think of anything but sex back then.
The headline on the cover was “PUNK ROCKERS FOR CHRIST” and “SID VICIOUS DIED FOR YOUR SINS” and it showed this punker with a mohawk holding a Bible. It was a half-assed attempt at satire and really doesn’t make much sense and is hardly profound. I was just trying to come up with an image that would grab people’s attention. And I thought the idea was vaguely ridiculous — that somebody would be into Punk Rock AND Jesus Christ.
When the issue was printed — Twisted Image #1 for those of you keeping score at home — I dropped off big stacks at all the happening punk rock clubs at the time. The Mab, the On Broadway, the Elite Club, etc.
And I remember this young punk guy with a mohawk coming up to me at the On Broadway and vigorously shaking my hand.
“I LOVED that cover!” he told me. “I’m a punk rocker for Christ myself! I love punk rock and I’m ALSO a born-again Jesus freak!!”
I decided against mentioning to him that I meant the cover as satire.
But I realized at that moment: You throw your art out to the public. And the public is gonna react to your art in their own unpredictable ways.
PS. I did end up getting laid eventually. But it took me another 10 years before I finally impressed that punk rock chick.