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Tripwire’s contributing writer Scott Braden takes a look at Bowie out from 7 January from Insight Comics by Mike Allred, Steve Horton and Laura Allred…
Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns And Moonage Daydreams
Writers: Steve Horton & Mike Allred
Artist: Mike Allred
Colourist: Laura Allred with Han Allred
Neil Gaiman said it best in his introduction when he pointed out that the people in Michael Allred and Company’s Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns & Moonage Daydreams are not people, but instead icons – larger-than-life rock stars and their cohorts mapping the way to ‘70s Glam Rock and all that came after. Inside the pages of this must-have masterwork from Insight Editions, the book’s talented creators — Allred and Steve Horton as writers, Allred doing double-duty as illustrator, and Allred’s wife and son, Laura and Han, colouring this glimmering “space oddity” – have transcribed the highpoints of Bowie’s career and all he touched, as well as those whose lives and vibes affected him in the 1960s and ‘70s. Hell, they even use precognition to view moments from Bowie’s future past and his final farewell to the sparkle.
But did the sparkle ever really leave this thin, white duke? Millions of fans around the world would argue that fact. And, the beauty of this tome is that they would be right. From the beginning of David Jones’ career – to his relationships with and/or reflections of Marc Bolan, Iggy Pop, Elvis, Alice Cooper, The Rolling Stones, Mott the Hoople and many more – to his ascension as Ziggy on stages around the world, his luminesce only burning brighter as the man who would become David Bowie took his alternative stance on music and image to the multitudes and sold his world.
As for Allred himself, the comic book veteran has made his career writing and drawing books about Bowiesque kooks. From his various super-hero works – DC Comics’ Bug: The Adventures of Forager, his own Madman, and his critically acclaimed takes on Marvel’s Silver Surfer and X-Statix – Allred looked at the skewed side of pop culture, and comic fans were all the better for it.
As I said before, this book covers Bowie’s pivotal moments in an entertaining exercise in four-colour grandeur. Readers will be swept up in the changes surrounding Bowie’s early career – chronicling his long journey to stardom and pre-eminence. Bowie’s life was predicated on being transformative and mercurial through constant evolution. He didn’t so much break the rules as remake them in his own journey. The reader will learn that he triumphally brought colour, aspiration and individualism to grey 1970s Britain and beyond.
Bowie: Stardust, Rayguns And Moonage Daydreams is out from 7 January from Insight Comics
Read our exclusive chat with Allred about creating the book too