(Continued from Part 2)
Sometime in 1993, MEATMEN Vol.15 featured its first "exclusive" Coley story, a 10-pager with sci-fi overtones, "Dimension X". With its anthology format, the series tended to have a wide variety of material and quality (or lack thereof), with Blackburn's stories usually being among, if not the, highlight of each collection. By my count, there's 173 pages worth of Blackburn material spaced out over some 11 issues (including at least 23 pages' worth that Leyland never published), which would make a great collection one of these days.
The 3rd Eros mini took Coley to a small Louisiana town to investigate a series of murders made against homosexuals. As I said in my GCD index, "Though never revealed in the story, the fact that Douglas & Maggie
have the same last name as Sammy O'Hara, the photo-journalist from IDOL
OF FLESH #1, suggests Coley came to Palmettoville deliberately to
investigate the killings, based on info from Sammy (who turns up in THE
DEATHSNAKE #3-- perhaps too much of a coincidence to be one)." It wasn't an important or crucial detail in the story, but the kind of thing a decent editor would have noticed, and which could have been at least mentioned somewhere (if only in one of the text-heavy introduction pages that Blackburn was so fond of including at the start of any given issue).
Ironically, the single hottest page in WEB OF EVIL #1 somehow got left out of the initial printing, and only turned up when it was reprinted in the 2nd COLEY RUNING WILD collection!
WEB OF EVIL 1 (November 1993)
WEB OF EVIL 2 (February 1994)
The events of WEB OF EVIL brought the story's murderer to justice, but to protect his friend Kit, Coley agreed to do time in jail. The result was it and the sequel mini together effectively formed one big 5-part storyline. Also, and it took a long time for this to come out in the reading, but it seems Coley had another reason for what he did, as the local corruption went much higher than imagined. Before he was through, ALL the evil-doers were brought down, though the path to getting there involved more shocking violence than ever before... as well as more steaming HHHOT sex (but, no surprise there, eh?).
I think there's something hilarious about the text placement on this cover...
THE DEATHSNAKE 1 (August 1994)
only without the text.
so I'm just going to include the inside-front cover pin-up.
See my detailed indexes of WEB OF EVIL at the GCD site
See my detailed indexes of THE DEATHSNAKE at the GCD site
See the John Blackburn memorial at Prism Comics
Art (C) JOHN BLACKBURN
All prominent characters are Trademarks of JOHN BLACKBURN
Find John Blackburn & other creators' work at the EROS COMIX site.