Kurt Cobain’s life, music, and untimely death will be the subject of a comic book released next month, coinciding with both the 20 year anniversary of his alleged suicide and Nirvana’s induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame.
The Cobain comic, written and drawn by Jayfri Hashim, is part of Bluewater Productions’ Tribute Series, the past issues of which have featured Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and Keith Richards.
In an article published earlier by Billboard.com, Bluewater publisher Darren G. Davis had this to say about the Tribute Series:
“The Tribute line of comic books tells the stories of people that have made a significant difference in the world while they were with us. It is a way for us to honor these people who have made a difference in the world.”
Kurt Cobain certainly fits into that category. He, along with fellow bandmates Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic permanently changed the landscape of American Rock music in 1991 with the release of Nirvana’s second album, Nevermind. The first single from that album, Smells Like Teen Spirit, was named by the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame as part of its official list of “The Songs That Shaped Rock N’ Roll.” In 2005, The Library of Congress added Nevermind to the National Recording Registry; a collection of culturally, historically, or aesthetically important sound recordings from the 20th century.
Much has been made of the various struggles that led to Kurt Cobain’s death at the age of 27. Cobain struggled with several health issues his entire life, including chronic bronchitis and an undiagnosed gastrointestinal illness that plagued him for most of his adulthood. These health issues may or may not have intensified Kurt’s issues with substance abuse, especially his addiction to heroin later in life. Kurt Cobain also had several long term, tempestuous relationships in his lifetime, beginning with Bikini Kill front-grrl Tobi Vail, and then later on with his wife Courtney Love.
Kurt Cobain overdosed on heroin at least once, while preparing to perform at the New Music Seminar in New York, in 1993.He overdosed again in March of 1994, this time on a mixture of alcohol and Rohypnol, in Munich Germany. Some speculate that this instance marked Cobain’s first suicide attempt. A month later, Cobain was found dead in his home in Lake Washington, the result of a gunshot wound to the head, allegedly self-inflicted. A suicide note was found near his body, and he had been dead for several days.
While primarily known for his talents as a musician, Kurt Cobain was a gifted and prodigious artist as well. In the 20 years since his death, several books and documentaries have explored various facets of the man described by MSNBC’s Eric Olson as “the last real rock star… a messiah and martyr whose every utterance has been plundered and parsed”.
This latest; the Bluewater Kurt Cobain Tribute is currently available for preorder.
[Images Via BlueWater Comics]