This book, nay, this Tome, for a Tome is what it is, a hefty bestiary full of secrets and madness, desire and insanity, is the work of the damaged genius Tom Neely (and friends). From the very first page (a hysterical forward by the mighty Rob Halford) to the last glee-soaked words, Henry and Glenn not only tickle the funny bone they delight the eyes with their none-too-subtle "homages" to such great artists as Jack Kirby, Ernie Busmiller, Al Capp and many others, as well as a feast for the brain with their boundless references to Celtic Frost, Metallica, Hall and Oats(!), God (sorry, I mean Lemmy) and so many others that days could be spent looking at the detailed goings-on in the backdrop.
Henry and Glenn fill the pages with their fantastical adventures of danger, love for each other, (and you know the shortest one is the bitch) songwriting tribulations, Glenn's mother, crazed cultists and of course, kitty cats. Tom Neely (and friends) have crafted each story with devastating effectiveness designed to extract maximum humor and satire from each frame.
The hardbound edition reviewed here is subtitled "The Completely Ridiculous Edition" and comes with several full colour 'pin-ups' by various artists that emulate comic book covers from days gone by, including a wonderful skewering of "Little Golden Books" that if not in existence already, then someone should make it post haste.
Overall this collected works is a glorious send up of two of Rock's most famous personalities. It deserves to be exposed to the world, to bring light to dark places, to be spoken with the same reverence reserved for "War and Peace" or "To Kill A Mockingbird" and surely Tom Neely (and friends!) should be nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, with the art sitting alongside the Mona Lisa (or possibly in the White House) and be required reading for all music majors in universities across America.
Copies can be purchased online from Microcosm Publishing and each copy sold is one more tantrum from Glenn Danzig, and that's not a bad thing at all.
- Erik Svensson