Monday, January 26, 2015

Our Pal Sal: "As I Lay Dying!" by Mantlo and S. Buscema

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Now, how many cool comics have you ever read that start out with the unconscious hero being repaired on a lube rack, and ended with same hero and friends battling evil plants? Only Bill Mantlo and Our Pal Sal Buscema could bring us "As I Lay Dying!" from ROM, Spaceknight #7 (March 1980)! And dig that Michael Golden cover!

Hey, did'ja know today is Our Pal Sal's 79th birthday? Well, it is! Happy Birthday, Sal!!!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Making a Splash: Ross Andru's Amazing Spider-Man, Part Two

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! More Ross Andru Amazing Spider-Man splashes! This time we're covering the Len Wein era of ASM, issue 151-180 (minus issues 154-155 which were Sal Buscema fill-ins while Ross was drawing the first Superman/Spider-Man crossover), September 1975-February 1978. Lots'a sensational splashes here, Groove-ophile! Are you ready for 'em? Yeah? Onward!!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Groove's Faves: "Today Mars, Tomorrow...the Universe!" by Haney, Swan, and Anderson

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! Today we're gonna take a look at the grand finale of Denny O'Neil, Michael Netzer (Mike Nasser), and Terry Austin's Manhunter from Mars epic that ran in Adventure Comics 449-451! Thing is, "Today Mars, Tomorrow...the Universe!" is written by Bob Haney with art by Curt Swan and Murphy Anderson! Wha hoppen? Wish Ol' Groove could tell ya, but the comix biz has always been kinda weird about who's writing and drawing what--especially back in the Groovy Age. Writer Denny O'Neil was the story editor for this particular ish of World's Finest (#245, March 1977, to be precise), so one can only assume he made sure Haney ended the saga the way it was intended. And as much as Ol' Groove loves the Swanderson art team, it sure would've been cool if Netzer and Austin had done the art here. Ah, well, at least we had 'em for the Green Arrow and Black Canary back-ups in this self-same ish! Oh, yeah, did Ol' Groove mention that Superman and Batman star in this here conclusion?
Cover art by Neal Adams


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