Tuesday, 3 February 2015

BABE OF THE DAY - THE IRON MAIDEN...



Right, hands up all those who were expecting
MARGARET THATCHER?  Get outta here,
you pervert!  We're talking about the real
IRON MAIDEN!  (So there!)

7 comments:

John Pitt said...

My hand was up! First to come on my screen was - ....THE IRON.... and I thought, 'Surely not?!?!...."
Why were the UK Thunder Agents considered a bit "adult"? ( Never bought them.)

Kid said...

I think because there were a few 'love' scenes (nothing graphic) that weren't quite in tune with the '60s reprints. There's some posts about the U.K. mag somewhere on the blog.

TC said...

The original Thunder Agents strips probably seem tame by today's standards, and even when compared to 1960's spy-fi in other media (James Bond and Matt Helm in movies, Man from UNCLE and Wild Wild West on TV), but, by the standards of Silver Age comic books, they might have been considered pretty risque'.

The Iron Maiden was slinky and seductive. Her scenes were not overtly pornographic, but they were suggestive.

I suspect some boys, say about 12-13 years old (whose parents maybe did not allow them to go see Bond movies), would read the Thunder comics and feel terribly wicked. My impression is that Tower, like Marvel, was aiming for an adolescent audience, while DC was more for preteens.

I don't know who was reading (or who was supposed to be reading) the UK mag.

Colin Jones said...

Well, Mrs. Brown has been a babe of the day so why not Mrs Thatcher - and she was considered sexy by some. Alan Clarke MP thought she had sexy ankles and President Mitterand said she had the lips of Marilyn Monroe...no, I couldn't see it either !

Kid said...

As you'll know, TC, the U.K. mag contained some new material which was aimed, I think, at a slightly older readership than the original U.S. strips. Or perhaps it just seemed that way to me because I'm an old fart.

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Mrs. Brown's a babe 'though, CJ - Mr's Thatcher isn't. (Ugh!) Glad you came to your senses.

Anonymous said...

Well, I remember seeing the "Thunder Action" strips when they were posted on this blog, and they were definitely more explicit than anything that would have been allowed in Silver Age US comics (including the original T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents). So I would agree that they must have been intended for a slightly older readership. Not adults (who could presumably buy girlie magazines with photos of real women), but maybe teenagers.

-TC

Kid said...

It would've been interesting to see how those new strips would've developed had the mag lasted more than 4 issues, TC.

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