Some random pages from Twisted Image #1

I always get a kick out of stumbling across bits and pieces of my past on the internet. Not the least because some of it is from so long ago — this issue of Twisted Image #1 is from the summer of 1982 — that I barely remember it myself. Last night I came across two different people who were selling this issue on eBay. Merely 30 bucks . . .  With my luck I won’t attain “highly collectible” status until long after I’m dead.

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The staff.

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The back cover to Twisted Image #1.

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TV or not TV?

This Twisted Image comic strip from 1988 was reprinted in a Terrance McKenna newsletter. Of all things.  They used to refer to ole’ Terrance as “the Timothy Leary of the ’90s.”  I remember thinking: “Sheesh! Talk about damning with faint praise.”

This strip was inspired by a story I read in the paper about this guy who was obsessed with Johnny Carson. He kept a daily diary, but it wasn’t about his real life. It was entirely about his relationship with Johnny Carson.  “Johnny seemed a little depressed tonight.  I wonder if him and Ed are having problems again.”

And for awhile I used to watch the TV show Cheers re-runs every night.  I think I’ve seen every episode. It was a nightly ritual. And after awhile I started to feel like I really knew all the characters on the show, almost as if I was one of the gang, hanging out at the bar.  And I realized I probably spent more time with them than I did with my real friends.

And, of course, there was that nut John Hinckley, who actually fell in love with a movie actress and tried to get her to marry him.

 

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Punk Rock nostalgia: The Eastern Front 1982

Somebody posted this on Facebook, a page from Twisted Image #2 from the summer of 1982. A photo feature Mary Mayhem put together of the Eastern Front punk rock festival down at the Berkeley marina.  “A Day on the Dirt” as it was billed.  Chron Gen, the Lewd, Husker Du, and others performed. . .  Seems like ancient history from another lifetime now, don’t it?

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