Thursday, February 11, 2016

The Boys from Derby: "Valley of Death" by Paul Kirchner

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Paul Kirchner, best known for his work in Heavy Metal, High Times, and Sports Illustrated for Kids was, indeed, once a Boy from Derby. One of his very best for Charlton was originally published in Scary Tales #2 (July 1975). To moi, "Valley of Death" is like a four-color episode of The Twilight Zone. Such a cool tale (a cowboy has a literal showdown with Death), and what an ending! Are you ready to slap leather with the Grim Reaper?
Cover art by Tom Sutton

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Black and White Wednesday: Self Portraits of Our Favorite Groovy Age Bullpenners

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! Gathered from the far-flung corners of the intrawebs, here are seven sensational self-portraits featuring our fave Marvel Bullpen artists of the early 1970s! Remember the Marvelmania ads for 'em...?

And just 'cause Ol' Groove loves ya, baby, here's one for all you Marie Severin fans, too!

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Awesome Ink: Dave Cockrum

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! The Dave Cockrum-inked John Buscema cover that ran in our Tarzan  #3 post yesterday reminded me about a great idea our pal James Sanders III about doing a post about Delightful Dave's incredible inking skills! (Plus, that gives Ol' Groove an excuse to dust off our Awesome Ink department!) Yeah, we mostly remember Mr. Cockrum as a penciler (on LSH and X-Men, natch), but he inked tons of stuff that you might not remember! Of course, Dave was his own best inker, and you're pretty much familiar with that, so let's focus on how his breathtaking brush-strokes made our faves look even more magnificent...and how he even elevated some of our most put-upon pencilers to a brand new level of excellence!

First, let's hit the high-points: Dave's steadiest home was Marvel. Except for X-Men, most of his work for Marvel was as an inker and a cover artist. Man, did those slick, modern inks shine on guys like Rich Buckler, Jim Starlin,  John Buscema, and Gil Kane! Check it out...

Some of Dave's earliest work was at DC, inking Bob Brown on back-ups like The Fabulous World of Krypton (from Superman #260) and Lilith (from Teen Titans #41). But at Marvel, Dave's Murphy Anderson influence morphed into an even slicker and more modern (I keep saying that, don't I? Dunno a better way of describing Cockrum's talent, I s'pose...), and yes, 'cause it was Marvel, more action-oriented and bombastic style...

Delightful Dave even brought out the very best of workhorses like Dick Dillin (at DC), George Tuska, and Don Heck...

Avengers #106

Avengers #107

And how about those little seen dream-teamings with guys like Sal Buscema,  Jack Kirby, Gene Colan, George Perez, and Val Mayerik...

Layouts by Alan Kupperberg

And how 'bout these covers with Dave's inks over Marie Severin, Al Milgrom, and Rick Hoberg?

Man, what a talent. Ol' Groove sure does miss his work. He left a truckload of magnificence behind for us to enjoy, though, didn't he?


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