Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Who The Hell Is Guzzi Lemans??


Guzzi's first appearance was in the Turtle comic, nearly 20 years ago now, I think. She appeared twice, if my memory serves- both as back up stories. I tried looking back through my old Turtle comics to find out exactly when, but those 2 stories predate the individual copies of the comics that I have.

However, if you check Issue 51 of the original series- page 13, there she is, along with what appears to be Eric Talbot and Steve Lavigne in the lower left corner of that page's main panel.

Since those early days, I've used her on and off a bunch of times. Antarctic Press even published a 2 Issue mini-series featuring her and that was when she began to transition into her current status as a character who resides in the world of post-society. Most recently, "Guzzi Lemans- Biker Chick of the Post-Apocalypse" ran as a full page comic for a New York City motorcycle themed monthly called City Cycle Motorcycle News. That particular comic ran for about 3 years, from 2000 to 2003. Problems getting paid led me to give it up, and shortly thereafter, CCMN went under. In the last episode of that comic, the Biker God, angry at how the outlaw biker style had been co-opted and marketed (by shows like American Chopper) to the point where it now had become mainstream, decides to take action. His retribution was to destroy all of motorcycling with a "God Grenade". Guzzi throws herself on the grenade, seemingly killing herself. Still, it's comics, and we know no one really ever dies.

I would like to use her again, and I do have a story dedicated just to that purpose.

15 comments:

  1. -->> ..sorry i'm sucha fuggin' freek for her.

    Guzzi represents more than the coolness of the namesake, but the epitome of that dark humour i've grown to love.


    As that humour too has grown from the long - gone,innocent days of 'Bade Biker'.. for whatever reason she represents a vague glimmer of determination and hope on a dead planet ( and a place i desperately hope our world won't become [ ?! ] ).

    She's the bad - ass every boy like me wishes he could be .. and she can put up with any major dick - head or cyber-killer cyborg that throws any monkey-wrench or thermal nuclear device her way.

    Her knowledge on the bikes and mechanics makes her the gem beyond the grasp of intelligence of any indy comic character could ever hopefully achieve.

    And if you've missed any of her strips, stories,comic appearances , and near death experiences ..

    you are pitied in my eyes..


    and while i am sure i cannot speak for Ms.Lemans ..

    I'm sure you're pretty pitiful !!..
    (( and DAMM, BOY ..


    she


    SHO'

    IS


    PRETTY !! !! ))

    >v<

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  2. -->> .. one of the stories ( least first portion of it ) that would go into the Antarctic Press book ..also appears in the Casey & Raphael, the book that would go on to become BODY COUNT.

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  3. Cool. I didn't know about some of these appearances. Any chance you'll do a collection of her stories someday, since she's been all over the place?

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  4. Hmp- I hadn't even thought of that. Truthfully, I have such a hard time accepting and acknowledging my old stuff, I don't even know if I'd want that to happen...

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  5. I really love Guzzi Lemans! <3 First time I saw her in TMNT v1 #51, but after that I found her in TMNT v1 #49 (poster on the wall in Casey's room); two short-stories in Plastron Cafe', and also first (of five?) part of big story in "Casey Jones & Raphael #01".

    Jim, I wonder about last one... Did you ever continued this story from CJ&R?

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  6. "Jim, I wonder about last one... Did you ever continued this story from CJ&R?"

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    -->> .. one of the stories ( least first portion of it ) that would go into the Antarctic Press book ..also appears in the Casey & Raphael, the book that would go on to become BODY COUNT...does anyone listen to me at all ?!

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  7. Thanks, tOkKa )) I lost about it somehow ))

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  10. (Arg, formatting failing.)

    @Jim: I'm sorry you feel that way, Jim. I love your "old stuff." :/

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  11. Wow. Why had I not caught that before.....?......Thanks Tokka, for the page picy linky. And very cool posting Jim. I had always wondered what became of this charachter.

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