June 23, 1955, some hellish crag opened up and spit out the mighty metal scion now known as Glenn Danzig. Through his work with the Misfits and his own eponymous band — plus his trips to the grocery store to buy kitty litter — the curmudgeonly doomster has influenced some untold astronomical number of reverent human beings.
One of those is Los Angeles artist, author, and record nerd Tom Neely, who some number of years ago set out to depict “the greatest love story ever told” — a little cult-beloved slice of domestic bliss/angst called Henry & Glenn Forever, naturally revolving around the hypothetical romantic coupling of Mr. Danzig and one Henry Rollins. Neely and his friends’ zine eventually became a comic, and in August it’ll become a bona fide book.
The Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever graphic novel (pre-order here, or an autographed version here) compiles 20 short stories about these intense fellows and includes an original foreword written by Judas Priest’s Rob Halford. And while Glenn refuses to discuss the series, and Henry’s taken a minimal but measured approach, Neely has not only shared 10 exclusive pages with SPIN but commented too. Below, read the author’s take on what you’re about to see, and when you dig in, be sure to hit “View Full Size” to get the big picture (refresh if the image is broken).
In honor of Glenn Danzig’s birth, this is one of my favorite segments of the upcoming Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever, an excerpt from Chapter 3 of my story “Buried Secrets.” It picks up after Glenn’s creepily overbearing mother has been living with them for a couple of weeks, driving Glenn so crazy that he’s run away from home. Henry enlists their neighbors Daryl and John to help search for him all over Los Angeles. This is one of my favorite parts of the story because it features many special rock star appearances and several friends. You’ll see cameos of Lemmy, Gaahl, Rob Halford, and the original lineup of Guns N’ Roses (minus Axl), as well as members of Harrassor, Youth Code, and Hive Mind. I even threw myself into the background of the sex shop scene. They also visit several of my favorite places around L.A. — Jumbo’s Clown Room, The Secret Headquarters comic shop, Vacation Vinyl … And it all ends up at my favorite bar Footsie’s (where I DJ a metal night every Tuesday) for karaoke night, where they find Glenn losing himself in soft-rock. For my absolute favorite segment, the zombie battle in Chapter 4, grab yourself a copy.