Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Feast 2014: "Hang the Batman" by Levine, Netzer, and Rubinstein

Welcome back to Thanksgiving Feast 2014, Groove-ophiles! Are ya ready for the main course? You know that one of the greatest comicbooks of all time was the 1978 Batman Spectacular (DC Special Series #15, Summer 1978). Ol' Groove has shared parts of it with ya here and here. Well, today we're gonna feast on a whopping 30 page mystery/puzzler by David Levine (as David V. Reed), Michael Netzer (as Mike Nasser), and Joe Rubinstein (as The Beaver)! "Hang the Batman" allows Levine to give us the classic Darknight Detective using all his brain power to solve a mystery given form in the old children's game, "hangman". All this detecting allows artists Netzer and Rubinstein to show Batman in all kinds of cool action scenes: swinging across the rooftops, roughing up stoolies, and tooling around in a dyn-o-mite editon of the Batmobile. Enough yapping! Pass the gravy and read on, baby!
Cover art by Marshall Rogers































Thanksgiving Feast 2014: "The Price of a Heart!" by Michelinie, Byrne, and Layton

Welcome back to Thanksgiving Feast 2014, Groove-ophiles! We started things off with part one of the origin of Scott Lang, Ant-Man from Marvel Premiere #47; now we're ready to dig in to part two, "The Price of a Heart!" from Marvel Premiere #48 (March 1979). Are you ready to dig in to more David Michelinie, John Byrne, and Bob Layton magnificence? Then let's go!!
Cover art by Dave Cockrum and Bob McLeod



















Thanksgiving Feast 2014: "To Steal an Ant-Man!" by Michelinie, Byrne, and Layton

Happy Thanksgiving to all my Groove-ophiles in the U.S. of A.! To the rest of ya, happy Thursday and welcome to our annual Thanksgiving Feast here in Groove City! Throughout the day today, every six hours, Ol' Groove is gonna lay a tasty Groovy Age comicbook treat upon your amazed and astonished self! Can you handle it? Pace yourself, and don't forget to save room for dessert!

We're kicking things off with one of the all-time coolest creative teams of the Groovy Age: David Michelinie, John Byrne, and Bob Layton! In 1979, Michelinie and Layton (along with penciler John Romita, Jr.) were making Iron Man one of the most exciting mags ever with storylines like "Demon In a Bottle"; meanwhile, Byrne was hitting his super-star stride working on Avengers, Marvel Team-Up, and especially The Uncanny X-Men! When Marvel decided their Universe needed a new Ant-Man (Hank Pym seemed comfortable as Yellowjacket at the time...), these three geniuses teamed up to give us Scott Lang, who would gradually become an incredibly important part of the M.U., to the point where he'll be starring in his own Marvel movie in the not terribly distant future. And to think it all began right here in Marvel Premiere #47 (January 1979)...

















Never fear, Groove-ophiles! Be back in six short hours for part two of the origin of Scott Lang, Ant-Man!

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