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So, Dark, what's with the comic book?

Well, it seems this 1964 issue of Metal Men (#7) was the inspiration for Captain Beefheart's improvised lyrics to "Metal Man Has Won His Wings"... at least that's how the story goes.

If you've been to a Doctor Dark concert recently, where "Metal Man" was performed, perhaps you saw a copy fly off the stage into the hands of a lucky audience member. Yes folks, these are the real McCoy and real collectors items -- authentic vintage #7 Metal Men comics from 1964!

Obviously, these gems are in limited supply, but stay alert the next time you're at a show and maybe you, too, could be a lucky recipient!

A very pleased fan at Zappanale 16

Metal Man Has Won His Wings

Lyrics

Wheet!
Wheet! Wheet!
Wheet! Wheet!
Wheet! Wheet!
Wheet! Wheet!

Yaah,
Band aids!
Metal Man!
Dirty water!
Spoilin' me!
Spoilin'!
Spoilin'!
Turpentine!
Styrofoam!
Skull and bones!
Water below!
Crowbar!
Chlorine!
Death stroke!
Mojo!
(Woo-hoo!) Yeah, aaah!

Watch out!
Look out!
Water spout!
Don't shout!
Chin clout!
Look out!
Ah-ah! Woo-hoo! Yeah. Yeah . . .

Work out!
Work out!
Truck-out!
Water spout!
Water snout!
Bubblin' brook!
Water spout!
Bubblin' brook!
Work out!
I'm the cook!
I'm the cook!
I'm the cook!
Work out!
Don't shout!
Water spout!
Look out!
Water spout!
Water spout!
Twist and shout!
Twist and shout!

Metal Men!
Metal Men!
Iron men!
The Living Gun!
Hit the nostrils!
Make money!
Metal Men!
Work out!
Froze over!
Silent mandroid!
Don't!
Don't!

Now, woman,
Metal Men,
Hawkman,
'Lectro-flyer,
Announcement,
Has won his wings!
Has won his wings!
Has won his wings!
Has won his wings!

Wheet! Wheet!
Wheet! Wheet!
Wheet! Wheet!
Wheet! Wheet!
Wheet! Wheet!
Band aids, band aids, band aids!