Pop culture fans have long mused about the “27 Club” — the surprising number of influential music artists who passed away at age 27. In the second issue of the recently relaunched MAD Magazine, cartoonist Luke McGarry has taken the concept to its inevitable next step, and reimagined the 27 Club as a group of superpowered crimefighters; specifically “paranormal pop stars protecting the planet.”
CBR has an exclusive two-page preview of McGarry’s “The 27 Club,” which stars Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, Amy Winehouse, Brian Jones and Robert Johnson (who unlike the others is depicted as residing in Hell, due to the well-known legend that he sold his sole to the devil in exchange for his blues prowess). If you’ve ever wanted to see Jim Morrison punch a Tyrannosaurus rex or wandered how grunge music could manifest itself as a superpower (hint: it smells like Teen Spirit), read on for a look at McGarry’s MAD Magazine #2 story.
McGarry’s work has long adorned concert posters in the Southern California area, and he has a music background himself as a member of danceock duo Pop Noir. In 2016, he gained widespread attention for his “Sad Chewie” series of comic strips, which depicted Chewbacca’s lonely Han Solo-less existence in the wake of Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
MAD Magazine #2 is available on Tuesday, June 5 on newsstands, and Wednesday, June 6 in comic book stores.