COMIC TITLE: Rock And Roll Biographies: Spinal Tap (2018)
Nestor Tahtiado– Artist
Jay Allen Sanford– Writer
August 8, 2018
One of the coolest things I saw pop up in Comic Book stores were these Rock & Roll Biographies which isn’t anything new, but it was cool to see more updated bands get covered. I know for the challenge, we checked out Acme Press’s releases of White Zombie and Pantera and while I’ve had some issues with the writing in past issues, I still get excited every time I see a new one on the shelf. So when I saw the latest issue of Rock & Roll Biographies (which is the 12TH in the series) I had to get it because it was based off of the premiere Mockumentary This Is Spinal Tap as Acme Ink presents Spinal Tap. The issue was written by Jay Allen Sanford (Hard Rock Heroes) and illustrated by Nestor Tahtiado (Whisper In Necropolis). Rob Reiner who you may remember as Meathead from All In The Family decided to do a documentary on a fictional band called Spinal Tap and it was a huge success becoming the premiere mockumentary. What if I was to tell you that there was a chance to learn where our favorite characters David St. Hubbins, Derek Smalls, and Nigel Tufnel came from and how they got their start, would you check it out?
One thing that I am going to tell you if you haven’t learned yet from the challenge is that the artwork is entirely black and white so you have to be OK with that going into this. I personally do not have a problem with black and white comics as I have read them in the past and this is my third R&R Biography already. Since, I started with the artwork, I will keep tackling this aspect first. I actually enjoyed reading the comic, but at first I had a hard time differentiating between Hubbins and Tufnel only because Smalls’s mustache has always been recognizable. The comic follows along with the same kind of absurdity that the film did and that is what I loved about this comic. I also loved that one one side of a page you had little facts about each one of the three while on the opposite side, you have facts about the real actors who played them. I thought that was a very nice choice even though it put more time into reading the comic, but why not. This one may be my favorite one only because I can’t combat the writer on what facts that he screwed up on so I say check it out. Check out my grades below:
Character Representation: A+
Entertainment Value: A