This site will include Abby Denson's comics and illustrations of cute boys of the '80s (and other decades), as well as photos and videos relevant to the topic. You can see her other comics and more info at http://www.abbycomix.com
Look at that face! I think Michael J. Fox typically falls into the sweet category of cute boys (and I love it ^_^). Take Marty in Back to the Future (1985), he plays rock and roll and has time-traveling adventures, but when it comes down to it he’s a good kid who wouldn’t do you wrong. I also like that he’s short (5’ 4”). I find it endearing.
Back to the Future also features the ever talented Crispin Glover. Yes.
Do you remember when Mr. Fox was in Light of Day with Joan Jett?!
Please check out Michael J. Fox’s charity organization to help cure Parkinson’s disease, it’s a worthy cause.
Christian Slater’s turn as the psychopathic J.D. in the black teen comedy Heathers (1988) is a classic “bad boy” role. You know he’s bad the whole time, but he just exudes so much charisma, he’s very hard to say “no” to.
Here’s a collection of clips, there are a surprising amount of fan videos on youtube for J.D.! If you like Christian in Heathers, you also may want to check him out in Gleaming the Cube and Pump Up the Volume.
Like Billy Idol, Adam Ant came up through the British ’70s punk scene and gave us fans of cute boys a whole lot to be thankful for! Some of the most memorable ’80s videos featured Adam’s good looks and retro dandy style along with infectiously fun and catchy tunes.
Perhaps most notable to cute boy watchers is the video "Strip", where he loses his clothes and seems to be having a great time. Those were good times indeed!
He could also rock a half-shirt!
Johnny Depp is another of the talented cute boys whose career has spanned the decades. Who knew from this start (and rather messy end) in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) that he’d go on to so many other great roles? He always did have star quality! In anticipation of Halloween, let us celebrate his turn as Glen Lantz (as well as his half-shirt).
Here’s a still from the movie and you can enjoy a collection of his scenes as Glen here.
Let’s continue our spooky cute boys of October with Udo Kier! Sure, Blood for Dracula is a ’70s movie (1974), but it’s one of those exceptions I mentioned, and of course, I appreciate cute boys of all decades. Especially when they look like Udo Kier! He’s perfect as Dracula since he’s supernaturally gorgeous, with a classic film star look. In fact, he’s heartbreakingly beautiful, with eyes that are huge and hypnotic.
I also love his accent. I really feel sorry for poor Dracula. He’s in a bad predicament in this film (he’s sickly and he can only drink virgin blood, but can’t find any virgins! hence this famous line), and he’s in competition with Joe Dallesandro, who’s no slouch himself in the cuteness area.
This clip has a lot of highlights, this is a good one too. The film is absurd and full of nudity and gore, so be forewarned, but I recommend this to campy film fans as well as Flesh for Frankenstein which has pretty much the same cast. Gotta love more Udo!
Happy October! Fall is my favorite season and I just love Halloween and all the spooky fun that goes along with it. So this month I’ll be featuring cute boys from horror movies/gothic themed-bands, etc. For some reason a lot of ’70s boys are coming to my mind. Was it a more fruitful time for cute boys of horror? Perhaps! Either way, I am certainly open to cute boy suggestions.
The Lost Boys (1987) is a natural pick for cute boys in an ’80s horror film, no? Chock full of cute and hunky rocker-type vampire guys! (Hello there again, Alex Winter in a half shirt!) When the film came out I was most interested in Corey Feldman (he was more age appropriate for me at the time). I found his eyebrows and snarkiness somehow endearing. Enjoy the trailer here!
While all of the Duran Duran boys have official “cute boy” status, my favorite to gaze upon has always been John Taylor. Plus, I love bassists (maybe a shared rapport as a bassist myself). There are a lot of cute bassists out there! You’ll be seeing more here, that’s for certain.
I also recently found out John has a twitter feed. Follow away!
On the flip side, we have Billy Idol, an unrepentant “bad boy” type. He’s also not ashamed to show off his physique, as is well documented in this iconic Rolling Stone cover!
The panel I drew commemorates the classic scene of him showering (with one leather glove on!) in the last part of the video for "Catch My Fall". I also am an admirer of young Billy in this video for "Ready Steady Go" with his earlier band Generation X. That is some impressive hair! And, oh my goodness, check out this video of Generation X with an intro by Marc Bolan, a must see! I think I’m getting the vapors over here…
While Keanu is one of those special cute boys whose career has successfully endured, I’ll always think most fondly of him as Ted Logan in Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989). He just seemed so kind and earnest, if totally clueless, which I found endearing. I think a sweet boy can be as appealing as a “bad boy” any day and even more so when we’re talking about real life.
Can you deny this cuteness?
Wyld Stallyns forever!
(extra credit for Alex Winter’s half-shirt - that’s such an ’80s cute boy look)
And Jane Wiedlin plays Joan of Arc in the movie too. Sweet!
(photo - credit unknown)
For the past few years I’ve been doing mini-comics featuring my favorite cute boys of the ’80s and I have plans for more (as well as comics covering other decades of course). I thought it would be cool to start a Tumblr to include those comics and illustrations as well as photos and videos of my favorite cute boys (and hopefully some of yours too)! Let’s start off with David Bowie in Jim Henson’s classic Labyrinth. Truly, his cuteness spans the decades, but this is a favorite moment of mine.
Please join me for a Magic Dance!
(photo - Jim Henson Co.)