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Comic Books and Heroic Drummers

Reprinted From
The Shaman Drums And More Website
(The Sister Website of Thunder Valley Drums)
Image clipped from an early coloring book.
Image clipped from an early coloring book.

Okay, okay, I have to admit it…again! Since this site and blog are new, I have to restate it in case you haven’t followed the old blog (psssst…..that’s the one you are now reading!). I love old comic books, pulp novels, etc. And occasionally I see a chance to combine them with my profession.

There is so much to admire or to despise in those old publications, beginning with the wonderful art and spanning over to the sometimes despicable money-grubbing publishers who were much worse than even the nastiest villains they featured in their books. They cut every corner they could, way underpaid the often incredibly talented artists and illustrators of the day, printed on the cheapest, shabbiest paper they could find, hoodwinked advertisers, and always promised more than they could deliver. But in the process, and even including the nefarious publishers, a form of folk story-telling emerged which would challenge and even occasionally change the world time and time again.

What I most admire most, though, and continue to focus on when it comes to blogging about it once in a while, is the art. It has given me a sort of hobby, lots of fun, and a mission. In my own little way, I try to help recall the artists and/or the art they created. After all, so much of what we see today in the comic book industry and the increasing spin-offs into television, motion pictures, gaming and practically anywhere else a pixel can reach began with these pioneers. So I key on the art, mostly garnered from Comic Book Plus, and pass it on, sometimes mashing it up for fun and in the spirit that I think it was intended. It makes for wonderful illustrations for my little drum business, too. But it’s most fun when one can take an iconic image of, say, something that once represented the powerful elite’s self-interest and turn it on its head. Like the following for example.

19th Century Illustration
The goddess of…soap?

Oh, Britannia!

The image of the Roman interpretation of one of their conquests, parts of the British Isles and environs, came to be embodied in the warrior goddess figure you see here (minus the flag). She endured to become an icon of a united Britain many centuries after her depiction of Roman power, when she often held a trident, which many believe represents power over the oceans, and a shield. Oh, how far she fell when featured in this soap ad from The Penny Illustrated Paper from the 19th Century.  There’s a lot more info about the Britannia figure here (Wikipedia).

Well, being a part-time comic book geek type, I was impressed by her stance in this depiction with an impressive shield. Surprised it was not drawn to resemble a bar of soap!

“Heroes” Logo”Heroes logo”. Licensed under Fair use via Wikipedia – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Heroes_logo.png#/media/File:Heroes_logo.png

And it just so happened that I discovered the image at about the same time we had been watching reruns of the 2006 TV series “Heroes.” So it seemed the perfect combination to promote a cause we can all agree on. Well, most of us anyway. Maybe.


Heroes Drum For Peace
The Britannia figure outfitted with a drum and drumstick against the background of a mashup of an eclipse, a black fill and some lightning. Ka-pow!

Well, I hope we can all at least agree that the drums of war have sounded too often in our world, and that they can be better used to refresh and renew the rhythm of life. If you can find a good drum circle in your vicinity, you’ll know what I mean. Group drumming is good for your health. (Two sources of note: Study 1, Book Excerpts)

Drum on, Hero.

Aho & Namaste,

Welcome To The New, Reconstituted Thunder Valley Drums Blog!

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It’s a heart’s adventure founded on a vow of service.

I’m in the process of moving the old blog, so there’s lots of housecleaning occurring in order to gear up for the June 25 launch of its new home here!

Meantime, please know that I am committed to service to life, all of life, the basis of a sacred vow I made many years ago that continues to stir my heart and to prompt this move. So you can expect a continuation of the same heart-felt articles, helping advice and the occasional eclectic fling that have become the hallmark of the Thunder Valley Drums Blog– only better (I hope!).

While I continue to pack up shamanic drums, old comic books and six years’ worth of other stuff accumulated on the old site, please feel free to poke around the new digs! And who knows, before long there may a LOT of surprises in store for you!

See you soon!

Aho & Namaste,