Ozzy Osbourne’s life history is no secret – even if you’re not incredibly familiar with his musical endeavors, the cameras following him and his family for years have aired a good chunk of his always interesting career. Despite that (or likely because of it), the publishing company Bluewater Productions have chosen Ozzy as the muse for their newest illustrated biography in the form of a new graphic novel, Ozzy Osbourne: The Metal Madman.
This colorful biography was written by Michael L. Frizell and illustrated by Jayfri Hashim, and also features a cover by Stefano Cardoselli, a prominent horror artist. The representation of Ozzy in the book is a slight departure from his real appearance – the character has shoulder length blonde hair and no signature Ozzy glasses and looking more like the early ’80s incarnation of him. However, the traditional likeness of Ozzy does make appearance in some parts of the novel.
This comic is part of a series called Orbit that has also featured biographies of Jimi Hendrix, Freddie Mercury, and Howard Stern. Hashim and Frizell took extra care to do their research for this particular book, as they know the diehard Ozzy fans would catch an inconsistency in a second. Frizell states:
“A lot of research went into creating the script. One misstep and the fans will know! Jayfri and I wanted to respect that legend — and the fans — by giving them something both familiar and unexpected. Writing about real people is often difficult, and when it’s someone like Ozzy who’s made himself tough to define and is a mainstay in the tabloids, we are challenged to find new ways to tell that well-known story.”
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