Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Black and White Wednesday: "The Tiara of Dagon!" by Jacobson and Maroto

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! Here's one of those spooky "bad guy gets his just desserts" type tales that the folks at Warren always did so well. From Vampirella #36 (July 1974), here's "The Tiara of Dagon!" written by John Jacobson and beautifully illustrated by Esteban Moroto!

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Decent Comics: "Come the Revolution" by Skeates and Aparo

Social unrest! Politics! Intrigue! And at the time, Aquaman was best known as a Saturday Morning Cartoon Show! Leave it to Steve Skeates and Jim Aparo to take The King of the Seven Seas to the next level and blow our collective minds! From Aquaman #47 (July 1969), and with the spotlight turned on Aquagirl, here's "Come the Revolution!"
Cover art by Nick Cardy

Monday, July 16, 2018

Marvel-ous Monday: "Reflections In a Crimson Eye!" by Mantlo, Buckler, and Janson

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Ol' Groove has gotta say that Bill Manlo, Rich Buckler, and Klaus Janson knocked outta the stratosphere with Astonishing Tales #33 (October 1975) and "Reflections In a Crimson Eye!" It's one of Ol' Groove's favorite Deathlok sagas and one of my favorite comics ever! Mantlo and Buckler just meshed so well on this story. Buckler's exciting, experimental, exquisitely cinematic layouts and storytelling is astounding here, and Mantlo definitely came out from under that "Stan Lee lite" shadow with his thoughtful and thought-provoking prose. Buckler and Janson meshed extremely well, too. Their uses of reflections, shadows, black gutters between the panels, and detail makes this mag live up to its name (Astonishing, Irving! Sheesh!). Deathlok issues like this are why I rank Deathlok with other 1970s icons like Killraven, Adam Warlock, Manhunter, Swamp Thing, Black Panther, Jonah Hex, Unknown Soldier, and Shang-Chi. For Young Groove (and Ol' Groove, still), these comics were what the Groovy Age was all about! I don't know why I'm gushing here--you just wanna see the comic, don'tcha? Well, here ya go!


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