Thursday, May 1, 2014
The Von Erich Family...Conquers Space?
It's obvious today when unearthing Von Erich memorabilia from its previous owners that these fans truly cared. Their screams of terror when the boys found trouble in the ring were equally as loud as when Kerry, Kevin, and the others triumphed in victory. Worries about the next group of Von Erich opposition, be it the Fabulous Freebirds, Devestation Inc., or any number of others, followed these fans throughout their days until the next glimpse of WCCW action. They believed.
While Kerry may have been dubbed "The Modern Day Warrior" and several WCCW events entitled "Star Wars," these were not the Von Erich family's only ventures into fantasy. In 1988, Sage Productions out of Tyler, Texas produced a comic book entitled "Saga Of The Von Erich Warriors." While the family's battles with Michael Hayes, Chris Adams, and Gary Hart easily could have filled a comic book, somewhere along the line it was decided that Fritz, Kevin, and Kerry would instead...go into outer space.
But the excitement just begins there. Kerry battling an otherworldly tiger. An attacking alien motorcyclist. Fritz using shocking language such as "Hog Wash" and "Hell." This is truly an out-of-this-world adventure. I'd love to know exactly how this idea came about, but that's probably a secret that only those who were in on the brainstorming sessions between World Class Championship Wrestling and Sage Productions will ever know.
Perhaps the only WCCW reference comes in a full-page ad on page 16. Shirts! Hats! Jackets! Photos! And of course, a bumper sticker. Apparently the promotion had a large backlog of photos available, as the Dingo Warrior was still available despite being long gone from WCCW. What so many of us wouldn't give to order twelve of everything off of this page. It's not like the Simpson Brothers have that many gimmicks available!
It's not the Von Erich Family album or any of the other treasured WCCW items, but it's fun. It's relatively easy to find (I'm sure loads were printed...) and no WCCW/Von Erich collection is complete without it. Who knows, maybe Luke Skywalker will mention a trip to Namoria in the next Star Wars movie. I'd be all for a Kevin Von Erich cameo...May The Force Be With Him!