Axel Pressbutton, Laser Eraser and Pressbutton covers

After writing our post about Zirk, the space pervert, we figured we might as well go ahead with the whole she-bang and give you the covers for the two Eclipse Comics series where you can find the slimy little football-shaped, sex-crazed alien.

A Brief History of Axel Pressbutton

Pedro Henry (real name Steve Moore), is a British comic book writer that got his start during the 1970s in independent comics.  He created Axel Pressbutton with Alan Moore (who went by the pseudonym Curt Vile at the time) and introduced him in a series of short strips published in a rock music magazine called Dark Star.

Axel Pressbutton in Dark Star magazine
The first appearance of Axel Pressbutton

Axel Pressbutton killing plants

Axel (as we learn later) was originally a mild-mannered florist that was partially consumed by a carnivorous plant. The experience drove him insane and created a horrific loathing of plant life. We see him destroy plants whenever he encounters them. He may hate plants, but Axel is a violent cyborg and is pretty much always up for any kind of slaughter should the right opportunity present itself. And afterwards, he enjoys a fine cigar. What a gent.

Axel Pressbutton has an orgasmWhomever put Axel back together again after his experience with the man-eating plant had a twisted idea of what an appropriate cyborg configuration ought to be.   He was equipped with a chest button that, when pushed, gave him a powerful orgasm. The ecstasy of the experience left him incapable of functioning, so the button was actually more of a hindrance than a benefit … well, at least in battle. When he wasn’t catatonic from his rapture, many died at the slice of the cleaver which was also provided in his corporeal rebuild.

Axel Pressbutton and his cleaver arm

Axel Pressbutton, killer cyborg

Axel was next portrayed in another British music magazine called Sounds. In it, he pairs up with an attractive clone named Mysta Mistralis (also known as Laser Eraser in her capacity as an intergalactic assassin). She and Axel team up for mayhem, murder, and of course, sex.

Axel Presbutton and Mysta Mistralis

Mysta Mistralis is Laser Eraser
This way, there’s no clean up after the party’s over.

Laser Eraser and Pressbutton poster sheet

Stories about Axel and Mysta  were then written and drawn for a British mature audience comic anthology called Warrior. In turn, these were reprinted in mini-series format in the American comic book company, Eclipse Comics. The covers below are from the two series published by Eclipse.

Axel Pressbutton and Laser Eraser Comics A-Go-Go! Poster

Wanted Poster for Axel Pressbutton and Laser Eraser

Mysta and Axel on flying car

Axel Pressbutton panel from Eclipse Comics

Even though there have been rumors, there are no known plans to resurrect the characters in any current projects. Probably just as well. There are plenty of more violent and sex-crazed stories than these, so Axel and Mysta might seem dated at this point. Oh, well. Here’s to memories.

Axel Pressbutton

Eclipse Comics, Axel Pressbutton #1 Eclipse Comics, Axel Pressbutton #2
Eclipse Comics, Axel Pressbutton #3 Eclipse Comics, Axel Pressbutton #4
Eclipse Comics, Axel Pressbutton #5 Eclipse Comics, Axel Pressbutton #6

Laser Eraser and Pressbutton

Eclipse Comics, Laser Eraser and Pressbutton #1 Eclipse Comics, Laser Eraser and Pressbutton #2
Eclipse Comics, Laser Eraser and Pressbutton #3 Eclipse Comics, Laser Eraser and Pressbutton #4
Eclipse Comics, Laser Eraser and Pressbutton #5 Eclipse Comics, Laser Eraser and Pressbutton #6

And, here’s your bonus. Eclipse went on a 3-D kick in the 1980s and released some of their titles in a 3-D format. Here’s the cover to the one-shot special.

Laser Eraser and Pressbutton 3-D Comic Book

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