Very little is known about Glenn Danzig’s childhood; he’s a very private person who doesn’t like to talk about his personal life. Aside from the fact that he grew up in Lodi, New Jersey, and that he was presumably born to a set of parents, his life before he was a member of one of the best punk bands of all time is mostly a mystery.
Out of all the Misfits members, Danzig is definitely the most famous, and Danzig's music career - from punk to metal - is well-trod territory. His most deeply rooted experiences, however, are carefully kept away from the public. The things Danzig has said about his childhood are minimal, but what he has revealed informs fans about his musical persona.
He Preferred Japanese And European ComicsPhoto: GOTH / Verotik
One of the few things that Danzig has spoken about at length is his distaste for modern American comic books. He thinks they're too sanitized, the art isn't interesting, and that they're created simply to be adapted into a film or TV show. His opinions on comic books started at a young age; he reportedly began reading them when he was 5 years old.
Aside from reading particular American horror comics, he also found something special in comic books from across the pond. He told Stalker:
When I was a kid, I really liked comic books and not just American. I like European and especially Japanese comics too. As a comic fan, I'm really frustrated with the American comics. [They're] all like just for little kids and geeks.
He Has Always Been Career-Oriented
Danzig was only in his early 20s when he formed the Misfits, which makes it seem like he spent his entire young life trying to become a rock star. In actuality, the baritone singer had designs on a few different careers before he started singing about candy apples and razors.
While he tends to be tight-lipped about his life before singing for the ultimate horror punk band, he's noted that when he was young he wanted to be a brain surgeon or a pilot before shifting his focus to either become a comic book artist or a photographer. Even though music took over his life, he did follow through on his love of creating comic books, and in 2019, he acted as his own director on the feature-length anthology film Verotika, which is based on his comic book series.
He Listened To An Eclectic Selection Of Music Genres
The one thing that Danzig has copped to is that he absorbed a lot of music when he was growing up. He didn't just listen to hard rock or Elvis; thanks to his three brothers he had a lot of different styles of music going on around the house. When listening to his cover album it's clear that he really loves a lot of different styles regardless of how heavy they are. He told Kerrang!:
I liked so much stuff: everything from Elvis Presley to The Everly Brothers to doo-wop, but then I also liked stuff like Blue Cheer and Steppenwolf and punk rock and classical music. There was a lot of music in my life when I was growing up, a lot to absorb.
He Has Always Been A Fan Of Monsters
Danzig didn't just choose the uber-spooky goth lifestyle as a way to stand out from the rest of the punks in the New York area - he was deeply invested in the doom and gloom of the horror genre from a young age. Growing up, the singer spent a lot of time reading comic books and watching horror movies - two formats in which the singer found monsters endearing. He told Kerrang!:
I liked monsters, I liked horror, and the comic books I read fed my imagination. Back then, of course, there were no videos games, there was barely any TV, so you could see stuff in comics that you couldn’t see anywhere else. Comic books were one of the only forms of media for kids at that time.
Danzig has always been ahead of the curve, whether it's with horror-themed music, the blending of punk and metal, or the love of big-name horror characters.