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Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever

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Starring notorious muscle-bound punk/metal dudes Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig (with a little help from soft rockers Hall and Oates), Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever is a love story to end all love stories. And here for the first time is the complete compiled collection of the graphic novel that details the fictitious romance of these real-life music icons. Henry and Glenn are very good “friends”; they are also roommates. Daryl and John live next door; they are Satanists. The 20 short stories about their domestic life that follow offer a true testament to the power of love to overcome even the biggest, manliest egos of our time. Follow along as Henry and Glenn go to therapy together, battle an evil cult in the forest, and profess their love between dealing with repeated jealousy and normal relationship problems. This tongue-in-cheek graphic novel satire is filled with adventure, subtle references, and humor, and the book also features dozens of pinup art and full-color covers from the original series.

256 pages, Paperback

First published January 1, 2013

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Profile Image for Jan Philipzig.
Author 1 book261 followers
February 4, 2016
Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever revolves around the fictional romantic relationship between two quite real and very manly men - heavy metal icons Henry (Rollins of Black Flag) and Glenn (Danzig of the Misfits). In case you don’t know them: they are tough hardcore types with loud voices and big muscles! Far too macho to actually be in any kind of committed and caring relationship, it is implied, let alone in a committed and caring relationship with each other...

Okay, so the book pokes fun at the hyper-masculine personas of Danzig and Rollins – nothing wrong with that. The premise turns out to be a bit of a one-note joke, though, so a bunch of additional characters are thrown into the mix in order to present our heroes with amusing challenges. Unfortunately, neither Glenn’s overprotective mom nor the obligatory zombies nor Satan himself nor Daryl (Hall) & John (Oates) really get the job done. There are a few highlights, though, most notably Benjamin Marra’s outrageously trashy “Avenger Adventure” and Michael DeForge’s strangely minimalist “Collaboration.”
Profile Image for Dave Schaafsma.
Author 6 books31.3k followers
September 16, 2016
This is a pretty fun and loving and sometimes profane and violent satire of hyper-masculine hard rockers Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig, as if to say, what if they lived together? Soft rock/pop duo Hall and Oates live next door and are Satanists. There's not much to the variety of stories that emerge, maybe 20 collaborations, and pin ups and covers. It feels like a mash up of the heart of alt comix and Mad Magazine with a punk/metal edge. I liked it just fine.

Here's some images from it:

This is how these musicians think of being sent up in this way:

"One of my favorite uses of satire is a comic book that depicts me in a romantic relationship with rock vocalist Glenn Danzig. I have never opened a copy; I am happy to live the rest of my life never knowing what happens to the two of us in those pages. I am told that in the story, our neighbors are Hall and Oates! If I were to find that anything less than hilarious, then I am in the wrong business." —Henry Rollins, LA Weekly

"I didn't think it was very funny. I thought it was a very crappy, opportunistic book. People are extremely stupid." —Glenn Danzig, in an interview with Rolling Stone

"I wouldn’t be the neighbor, but I’d be the Satanic cult!" —Daryl Hall
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1,634 reviews1,487 followers
October 29, 2017
Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever was hilarious!

It works on the premise that Henry Rollins, (Black Flag), and Glenn Danzig, (The Misfits), who are both the most manly men you can imagine, have a gay relationship. Hall & Oates live next door and are Satanists. Lemmy from Motorhead also shows up and shenanigans ensue!

I loved the humor and the silliness in this book. What I did not enjoy very much was the artwork, (at times-there were a lot of different artists), and the misspellings, (there were a few.) I know this is just a comic or graphic novel, but spelling is still important, and graphics, (being that this is a GRAPHIC novel), need to be outstanding, and I didn't think they were.

That said, I really did think this was funny as hell and if you're looking for a laugh, this should do it, for sure.

I was able to check this graphic novel out of my local library. Libraries RULE!
Profile Image for Gavin.
1,205 reviews86 followers
August 15, 2015
Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig as a gay odd couple. Hall and Oates live next door and are satan worshippers. This is comic gold. Must read. Lots of Mother jokes.
Profile Image for MariNaomi.
Author 34 books400 followers
June 29, 2014
I freaking love this book. Yeah, I'm in it. So what? I can still give it five stars. I consider being invited to be a part of this a high point of my career. What an honor, and what a great way to pay homage to two utterly brilliant musicians.
Profile Image for Gabrielle.
996 reviews1,129 followers
May 18, 2016
3.5 stars. A Danzing-worshipping ex-boyfriend introduced me to this comic.

Disclaimer: I am a rather rabid Henry Rollins fan. I love Black Flag and the Misfits, and while I am not a big fan of Danzig personally (or of his post-Misfits career), anyone who knows anything about him (and of his lack of sense of humour about himself) can see how he is just a sheer joy to poke fun at. Rollins and him are real-life buddies, so it was really a matter of time before something like this comic happened.

I have to say that the first part, which is a collection of Neely’s original strip “Henry and Glenn forever”, is really completely delightful. It’s drawn in a style reminiscent of classic “Archie” comics, which is wonderfully at odds with the idea of two hugely muscled and tattooed punk legends living together in the weirdest relationship of all times. There are so many references to their bands, songs and real-life personality quirks that I wonder if I would have enjoyed it as much if I hadn’t been listening to their music for the last 15 years.

Sadly for this anthology, the rest of the collection which wasn’t drawn by Neely isn’t as strong as the first part. The other strips feel very hit and miss, as they either go way too far from the original idea and get boring, or are just ridiculously clichéd. The inconsistent artwork was also a bit jarring to me. I know what they were trying to do, but it falls very short of the enormous potential the idea had.

The anthology however, has the exclusive final panel, which is a very meta episode of the original Neely comic strip, where he goes to discuss the project with Danzing who throws a tantrum – as he apparently did in real life when the “Henry and Glenn Forever" comic was brought up in an interview.

To summarize, this is an awesome concept that unfortunately failed to live up to my high expectations; it is redeemed by a hilarious first part and last page, and it get a bonus half star because of how adorable Henry Rollins looks as a comic book character.
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244 reviews2 followers
July 9, 2015
"Satanists usually throw a pretty good party."
Profile Image for Alex Ankarr.
Author 91 books131 followers
October 10, 2019
Oh, I used to love this so much. Well, to be strictly accurate, I loved the idea of it. Then I went back and read some more and... wow. That's a long distance, to stretch one single joke to snapping point.

Love never dies, though.
Profile Image for Ademption.
249 reviews97 followers
May 21, 2016
This is a rather one-note compilation of comics answering the question "What if Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins were a couple?" Some of the contributors misspelled their dialogue, others botched the artwork. Though this is thin and firmly two-star material, the book is goofy and fun. I enjoyed it and I want to see more from Tom Neely, since he is the original creator and his contributions are the strongest of the collection.

Additionally, the book has given me a new appreciation for The Misfits, who I had ignored until now. Glenn Danzig-era Misfits sounds like rockabilly Elvis crooning cryptic lyrics, whose content resembles Roger Corman horror film scenarios over speed punk thrashing. Their work is a collision of trashy pop culture that manages to sound both angry and melodic, which is all of the things I love conveniently put into songs. Their initial albums are still shocking thirty-odd years later. Misfits' songs are quick, and do not linger over the gore and rottenness that cartoonishly grotesque metal bands who came after seem to beat to death. I also realize I wasted a lot of time trying to enjoy Rollins Band as a teen. I could have simply listened to the Misfits and enjoyed them.
Profile Image for Ije the Devourer of Books.
1,715 reviews53 followers
April 1, 2015
3.5 stars

This is an interesting graphic novel with a series of comic strips telling the story of gay couple Henry and Glenn.

It is based on a fictional coupling of Henry Rollins and Glenn Danzig. It also features Hall and Oates as a satan worshipping couple living next door. I am not a rock fan so it is only through this comic that I realised that Henry Rollins is a musician and radio host among other things, and that Glenn Danzig is a musician/song writer and founder of punk rock/heavy metal bands.

So the graphic novel has achieved one thing in that it is introducing two musicians to new audiences (me). Alas I am not a great fan of heavy metal but I am really interested in Henry and Glenn and their reaction to this comic and why them in the first place?

It is an amusing comic in which satan, zombies and other such beings make a regular appearance. In some ways the drawings can be a bit dark in tone but i thought it was interesting but not something that really grabs me. It was all round ok.
Profile Image for Derek Royal.
Author 13 books71 followers
October 11, 2014
The concept is great: hardcore rockers Henry Rollings and Glenn Danzig in a gay relationship, with each of the stories presented in something like an almost "I Love Lucy" sitcom-like format. Neely's contributions are by far the most impressive. This was his idea, after all. With the other artists that he brings into the project, the results are hit and miss. Sometimes the stories are okay, sometimes they're rather flat, and at others they're as impressive as Neely's.
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204 reviews10 followers
September 23, 2014
So odd and so delightful. Absurd in the extreme, and fun, especially if you are a fan of Henry or know that Glenn doesn't have much of a sense of humor about himself.
Profile Image for AJ.
433 reviews1 follower
January 2, 2015
As I was told by a friend, there's no way the book could live up to its premise. There's flashes of genius, but it wears thin. Still a fun, quick read.
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418 reviews25 followers
December 11, 2020
What took me so long to read this? It's the best ever.
Profile Image for Demian Snipes.
8 reviews1 follower
November 23, 2019
What the actual eff. I didn’t expect to like this but it’s hilarious. I’m floored!
Profile Image for Xisix.
158 reviews2 followers
July 24, 2018
Never read original Henry & Glenn Forever though not necessary to get the gist.
Two iconic tuffguy macho muzikians are fandom fantasized as being a Bert and Ernie style couple.
Being familiar with other heavy metal and alternative groups lets you in on more jokes. Collection of work ranges in quality from spot on Little Lulu/Archie representations to crude sub-par Johnny Ryan Prison Pit scrawls. Bad is good. Chuckled at "Krom of Finland" graffiti. This graphic novel seems to pinprick poke at Glenn much more than Henry. All in all, the homo-eroticism thrown on pair does not feel mean-spirited. Henry Rollins evidently was not bothered by this series while Glenn Danzig felt more put upon. Amusing though wish quality was more consistent.
Profile Image for Amber.
76 reviews2 followers
July 16, 2016
I'm puzzled by some of these reviews. I think a lot of people impose their own expectations of comics onto Neely, when it's obvious he makes his own rules.

I'm a rock n roll nerd and I loved this book. It had me laughing until I was crying. The references and drawings themselves are hysterical. Maybe some of the people leaving bad reviews aren't getting the music and/or comics references? I don't know, but I have nothing negative to say. Neely's art is exquisite. Pages 42/43 I could stare at for an hour. I'm giddy that this person makes these comics. And I happen to appreciate that he brings other artists in for their take on the theme. It's a clever idea, frankly. I find it fun to see other people's take on the story, even if it's "sloppy". Some artists' styles are sloppy! Ever hear of Johnny Thunders?!

Perhaps readers get mad because the beginning of the section of the other artists' work means that Neely's Henry/Glenn story has concluded for that book. What can I say? He leaves you wanting more. That's what the Ramones did. One day you people will realize that's a GOOD THING.
Profile Image for Heather.
876 reviews157 followers
November 30, 2014
You know when you're just wandering around a shop and something catches your eye? And it looks the most ridiculous thing you've ever seen and you have to have it? Well, that's how I discovered Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever.

It's pretty much the most ridiculous and random thing I think I own, and... yeah. I honestly don't know what I just read, but... yeah...

Profile Image for Emily.
112 reviews1 follower
June 6, 2015
This made me happier than any book has in a long time. I showed it to everyone at work whether they got it or not ( I work at the library, there are few punk rockers there). I ordered it on Amszon immediately,
Profile Image for Stephen Hines.
Author 14 books12 followers
July 25, 2015
This book was hilarious! Two aging punk icons who take themselves way too seriously deserve to be spoofed in such a genius manner. Plus, I know a few folks (Rafer Roberts, Jeremy Baum, etc.) who contributed pinup art for the anthology, which made it even cooler.
Profile Image for Danny Marianino.
Author 7 books21 followers
January 18, 2015
This is one of my favorite comic books. These guys are hilarious and their parody of these two guys is superb!
Profile Image for Adam Stone.
1,542 reviews19 followers
August 31, 2017
When the original Igloo Tornado versions of the mini comics came into the store I was working at, I loved them. The fictional couple of Glenn Danzig and Henry Rollins's relationship being constantly imperiled by Glenn's overly-friendly Christian mom? Satanic rituals gone wrong? Hall & Oates trying to help out but only half-heartedly? It was fantastic. And that whole five star story is in here, along with all the beautiful homage variant covers they did.

It gets knocked down a star merely because they appear to have included mini-stories by any artist who wanted to be involved, which is super cool of them, but apart from Ed Luce's Wuvable Oaf crossover, and a few others, none of them are quite as fun or visually appealing as the original artist's work.

I recommend this to anyone who loves Danzig or Rollins, hates Danzig or Rollins, wishes comics were more fun, thinks slash featuring Slash is a good idea, or just wants to be pleasantly surprised about how ultimately wholesome a comic about queer satanist rock stars can be. Pretty much anyone.
Profile Image for Pixie.
488 reviews4 followers
October 9, 2017
3.5 stars. This graphic novel with guest artists is about a heavy metal couple, and part of the humor was that they liked extreme things like satanism and nazis. That may have been a funny exaggeration once upon a time, but now with the nazis in the white house it is cringe-inducing. It barely gets mentioned, however, so maybe you can look past that and enjoy the wacky energy of the series. Homages to multiple comic artists.
Profile Image for Aaron Ambrose.
267 reviews4 followers
November 1, 2020
Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever tickles the crap out of me, and this collection is amazing fun. The concept works not just because it’s absurd yet entirely plausible - it’s also because it springs from a legitimate sense of tenderness and generosity. This is not a cynical hipster hit job. And Hall & Oates as the cheerful Satanist frenemies next door is sheer perfection. Snowflakes that fall on my nose & eyelashes & Henry & Glenn Forever & Ever.
Profile Image for Emil.
69 reviews1 follower
November 20, 2022
Man this is like... a time capsule. It's like an ancient Greek comedy where every other line is a cutting reference to some cultural ephemera that's been fully lost to us. I didn't so much "read" this book as "analyze" it, trying valiantly to illuminate the mechanism of each joke in my limited experience as a person who just really was never that into punk culture. I remain genuinely confused about if it's homophobic or not.
Profile Image for RoRo.
22 reviews
May 20, 2017
This is an irreverent, gritty, hilarious little gem. It's a delightful speculative fanfic that creates an absurd alternate universe of inside jokes and silly fantasies. When two cultural icons take themselves as seriously as Henry and Glenn, the imaginary foibles of their hilariously rendered doppelgangers are all the more satisfying to read.
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