|Vintage Pulp||May 5 2009|
Rarely have we seen so recognizable an appropriation of a celeb’s image. Usually the Italian fumetti Terror Blu featured near-naked women on its covers, being assaulted or dismembered by robots, or perhaps stabbed and beheaded by aliens, so we can’t figure out what happened here. Maybe the publisher was sick and his niece was running the show that day. But even if the cover is out of character, the interior pages remain as unrepentantly misogynist as always. Cartoon LaVar brutally beats on several women inside, literally using them to train for a big fight. Considering how carefully celebs safeguard their images, we can’t imagine why LaVar didn’t call up Terror Blu and say, “Bon giorno, sono LaVar Burton, and you fuckers are so sued.” But then again, since we know nothing about the law, maybe Terror Blu didn’t infringe. Guess we’ll learn the legal ropes when Pulp Intl. gets sued. Should be any day now.