Reverbstorm 2
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Reverbstorm 2

References in Reverbstorm 2

(Page numbers refer to pages of drawn artwork in the comic proper, not the opening pages of text and photographs.)



Blue Blaze Laudanum appears, accompanied by words from Finnegans Wake (the only sign of James Joyce in this issue) and the phrase 'Papa Oom Mow Mow'. Papa Oom Mow Mow by the Rivingtons is a key text, one of the great Rock'n'Roll nonsense songs, a statement in Rock'n'Roll terms of most people's perception of Finnegans Wake and other 'difficult' art:

'The funniest sound I ever heard
I can't understand a single word'.

P.6 Panel Five

Clocks by Charles Rennie Mackintosh.


Although the Ether Jumpers (name taken, of course, from the Reverbstorm lyrics) could represent any number of silhouette references, from Jung's Shadow archetype onwards, there are two specific points of influence in this case. The first is from some of James Cawthorn's illustrations from Amra, the American Sword and Sorcery journal of the 1960s. A number of Cawthorn's drawings of this period presented silhouette figures in otherwise traditionally rendered settings. The second is Bridget Brophy's Black And White: A Portrait Of Aubrey Beardsley from 1968, where she interprets Beardsley's use of heavy blacks on a white page as a metaphor for the encroachment of annihilating disease; in Beardsley's case, his persistent, and fatal, tuberculosis.


Quotes from from Look At That Moon by Carl Perkins on Sun Records: 'Look at that new moon shining up yonder' and 'Nothing else in all the world'. Because of a printer's error, these lines are the second and third in the full quote. This page should be transposed with P.12.


Quotes from from Look At That Moon by Carl Perkins. The first line of the full quote.


Quote from The Coasters' 'Bad Detective', a Leiber and Stoller song.


Horror speaks the words of William Joyce, the real 'Lord Haw-Haw'. Lyrics from Sondheim.


The words in Horror's hair, 'Let's Rock!' are specifically from Be-Bop-A-Lula by Gene Vincent, whom Horror resembles in the picture. When reversed the words gain the significance of their use by the backwards-speaking 'Man From Another Place' in David Lynch'sTwin Peaks film and TV series.


The Saltimbanques by Picasso again. In the same panel the word 'Gomangani' means 'black man' in the language of the apes in Tarzan, referring to the living silhouettes of the Ether Jumpers. The bottom right-hand panel sees the first appearance in the series of an Ononoe from Burne Hogarth's Tarzan strip of 1949.


Far left and far right, figures from La Vie by Picasso (1903).


Lyrics from Sondheim.

Text story The Land Of Love-It-To-Death

'Parc Monceau' is the name of Joyce's favourite Paris hotel.

"Flog me...flog me viciously on my naked quivering flesh," is a line from a letter Joyce wrote to his wife, Norah (Letters Of James Joyce I-III, edited by Stuart Gilbert and Richard Ellmann). The story extrapolates Joyce's penchant for bondage blending biographical quotation with references to Ulysses and Finnegans Wake.

"Jungle-sucking mouths fell on me and the Galleoman was jovile in my bucky brown nightmare," reprises various apes/jungle/excreta motifs following Joyce in the first few issues (cf. the quote from Ulysses in the preliminary pages of #3;
"A paper. He liked to read at stool. Hope no ape comes knocking just as I'm."

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