According to Wikipedia, "Mad Max is an Australian dystopian action media franchise created by George Miller and Byron Kennedy. It began in 1979 with Mad Max, and was followed by three films: Mad Max 2 (1981), Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985) and Mad Max: Fury Road (2015). Mel Gibson starred in the first three films and Tom Hardy took over as Max in the fourth film."
It is known that the first part flopped and wasn't popular, unlike the second part. In fact, the second part was so successful that it was the one that influenced the post-apocalyptic genre, and, unlike in most franchises, outshone the first part.
The films feature the misadventures of Max, who is being dragged into saving others. He just wants to be left alone, god damn it!
The first part features his origin story. In the second part he saves Papagallo's people from the scavenger bloodthirsty marauders. In the third part he has adventures in Bartertown (and it's also the part with the iconic Thunderdome). The fourth part features Max joining the captive women of the Citadel in their escape, led by Imperator Furiosa.
Since Wez and the Golden Youth appear in the second part, we'll be paying more attention to it now.
Again, according to Wikipedia, "Mad Max 2 became a cult film, with fan clubs and "road warrior"-themed activities continuing into the 21st century, and is now widely considered to be one of the greatest action movies ever made, as well as one of the greatest sequels ever made." (aka. what I was trying to hint at in the first paragraph)
The villains of Mad Max 2 were most likely a part of the movie's success. I mean honestly, look at them!
What a rowdy leather clad bunch!
(featuring my personal favorite eyepatch girl and that horned marauder which appeared in several promotional images)
Obviously they're not the only iconic villains (or more accurately, not the iconic villains). When we think of Mad Max 2's villain, we might think of Humungus, also known as the hunk in bdsm gear who must have gotten an awful lot of sunburns. Or, we might think of, yeah, Wez! The one listed as "the greatest movie henchman of all time". And I mean, they're not wrong.
(pictured below: Humungus, and Wez, who doing his signature expression)
Let's not forget another, often overlooked character who is closely related to Wez. I give you two guesses who I'm talking about. Did you do the guessing? No? Doesn't matter. We all know who I mean when I'm talking about somebody "closely related to Wez".
Of course I'm talking about the canonically "strikingly beautiful" Golden Youth! He died a tragical death (except he didn't he survived he totally survived) which eventually led to Wez going berserk. Rightfully so, wouldn't you too go mad if your love and only joy died?
This site is about them specifically from now on.
And, some trivia (aka stuff everyone already most likely knew)
-the Golden Youth (from now on: Goldie) was intended to be female. He got gender-switched with the Warrior Woman. It was done to show that gender roles are interchangeable in the wasteland
-according to forum posts, Goldie's actor was a pizza delivery boy who got cast because he was beautiful. We can't know if it's just a rumor or not, sadly
-according to Vernon Wells, the shoulder pads were chafing his skin, so they put lambskin under it and hid the lambskin with the feathers. That's where the feathers came from
-I wanted to add something else but I forgot like always, woe is me
Check out these people. Check them out.
-GY (aka wez-and-the-golden-youth): tumblr|instagram. They're mad good, please check out their works. In fact this site already has a demo of them since both of the Creators Corner pictures was done by them. They're displayed with their permission
-Mad Cat (Ananke): tumblr|deviantart. Another stellar Goldwez artist. Mostly Wez-oriented. Also apparently a tattoo artist?? Whoah!
-Pikafaa: tumblr|one more. A classic Goldwez artist on Tumblr (man I hope the two links I linked are the same person. aaaaaaa)
-elensartdump: tumblr. Drew Goldwez
-milkcarton: tumblr. Also drew Goldwez
-Gufy: tumblr. Same as above (also responsible for the drawing that introduced me to Birth of Humanity, thus dragging me deeper into Goldwez hell. Thank you for that! And thank the commenter who recommended the fanfic, too)
-J. C. Bruyere (Funkycanuck): writer of Birth of Humanity and Birth of Evil, which are the long fanfics of Goldwez (every ship has its defining long fanfic, this is Goldwez's). See both of them and some additional goodies here
As other Goldwez content, here is a selection of what you can find on various sites when searching for Goldwez:
-Goldwez on AO3
-on Ficbook (Russian fanfic hosting site)
-Tumblr's Wez tag (the Golden Youth tag is clogged with other stuff because for real, Miller, couldn't you think of a less trivial name for Goldie? By the way, the Wez tag is also clogged. And Goldwez is a ship name that might have been used before but only started being used frequently recently. And it's clogged. Cause my url used to be Goldwez. The search for the other shipname, Golden Gaytime, is full of pictures of the ice cream of the same name. Basically we're stuck in trivial names hell)
-Wez on pixiv
I'm planning to extend this section, so if you ever drew Goldwez, hit me up!
I'll also extend this section with a People Who Post Goldwez section because... why not... there might be Goldie/Wez content which was not seen by everyone yet.
Check out the Goldwez fanzine too!
23.10.2019: merged two pages together, now they both exist as the creators corner
24.10.2019: added the changelog page. Hopefully I'll stay motivated enough to keep this up!
03.02.2020: added a new trivia to the trivia section of the basics page. Added links to the Goldwez fanzine right at the beginning of the page and to the Creators Corner