What started as beef with Vallely over leaving New Deal spills over to Balma... ending with the creation of Big Brother, Rick Howard for Plan B, and no World ads in Transworld for several years.
Swank tries to use Rocco's own techniques against the now-established industry leader by allegedly bootlegging world boards (?) while openly-mocking world in foundation ads
Foundation pays for a Mulder ad in Big Brother #5, Rocco takes Mulder and their ad money and runs his own ad boasting about his latest aquisition in the very same magazine.
the Super Co. raises the white flag.
Anybody that skated in the early-90's knows that Steve ran the industry with an incredulous smirk and an iron fist... it's hard to relate to younger kids that for several years, this dude WAS skateboarding and his influence is still very strongly-felt 20 years later.
I miss the days when the skate industry had that pro-wrestling flavor to it with companies battling in ads and graphics.
And Rocco always won... until one day when he didn't.
I have a question though... Rickoo wasn't in the orginially-announced list of 10 options for Plan B. Was he always gonna be part of the plan and just remained unannounced as a suprise-type thing or did the Balma beef give Rocco greater motivation to steal Rick? Rocco must've had serious interest in Howard already after his amazing Adventures in Cheese part a few months earlier... Anybody know why he wasn't listed in that initial ad?
Larger post than usual tonight because I got caught up trying to decide between some of Rocco's finer moments and decided to just run all of them.
Thanks for the support everyone.