Wednesday, September 20, 2017

R.I.P. Basil Gogos

Sigh. Seems like this is becoming a weekly thing, but that's they way it is. As most of you probably already know, Basil Gogos passed away last Thursday (11/14/17). Those of us who grew up during the Groovy Age know Gogo's art well because, though he painted many a book and magazine cover, to us, he was the ultimate monster portrait artist with his Famous Monsters of Filmland covers. Even non-comics lovers dug FM (and yeah, FM wasn't a comic, but you get my drift), baby, and Gogos' covers were a big part of what made those mags so cool. Can't think of a better way to pay respects than to share a ghoulish gallery of his awesome artistry...

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Decent Comics: "Atlas the Great!" by Kirby and Berry

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! At long last, and 'cause you demanded it, here's Jack Kirby's Atlas, from 1st Issue Special #1(January 1975). Sort of a simplified New Gods, Ol' Groove has always thought of it as an exercise in Kirby getting a story out of his system, but there are hints in the editorial page of 1IS #1 that "Atlas the Great!" just might have started off as...Atlas #1! What makes Ol' Groove think that? Paragraph 6: "Which brings us to Atlas #1." If ya don't believe me, just look at this, Irving:

Hmmm? HMMMM? I know, big deal. This is the only Atlas story ever published until James Robinson brought him back in Superman a few years back. Mebbe so. But I think it's kinda cool...

Monday, September 18, 2017

Marvel-ous Monday: "Crime and Circuses" by Isabella, Mantlo, Wilson, and Kida

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Here's part two (part one was back in June, right here) of Black Goliath's debut from Power Man #25 (March 1975)--at last! Plotted by Tony Isabella, plotted by Bill Mantlo (his color comics debut), penciled by Ron Wilson, and inked by Fred Kida prepare for..."Crime and Circuses!"
Cover art by Gil Kane and Mike Esposito


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