As I’m sure most of you know by now, Davy Jones, former frontman for The Monkees, passed away from a heart attack at the age of 66. He was a star of stage, screen, and advertisements for almost 50 years. And yet, he was taken from us far too early.

I’m a little late to respond, because I’m honestly not sure HOW to respond. I’m in a bit of an awkward position with Davy Jones’ passing, for a specific reason. I made him the villain in last year’s Halloween comic.

I’ve had to explain to a few people since I’ve been doing “Eddie Van Helsing” that I don’t have anything against most of the musicians I include in the stories, and just use their public personas as launching points for parody and satire. I love Frank Zappa, but I also thought making him a Frankenstein reanimated by a vampire David Lee Roth would be a funny idea.

Same with Davy Jones in the “Spiders From Mars” story. That story was all but a love letter to David Bowie, but Bowie was born David Jones. He had to change his name because of Davy. I thought that was a trippy concept, and took things from there.

It was never meant to say anything bad about Davy Jones the man. By all reports, Davy Jones was a class act and a genuine talent. He shouldn’t have been taken from us at 66. And when I’m promoting “Oh Goodie! Vol. 2” this spring (which contains the “Spiders From Mars” story), I intend to say the same and hopefully share memories with fans and well-wishers.

And right now, here’s MY favorite Davy Jones memory for you guys. Hope you enjoy.

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