Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Black and White Wednesday: "Show Me the Way to Go Home..." by Layton, Duffy, Cockrum, and Villamonte

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Whilst digging around in the Repository of Rarities, Ol' Groove lucked upon Bizarre Adventures #27 (May 1981) featuring "Secret Lives of the X-Men"! Now, I know that's a waaaaaaaay post-Groovy Age, but I'm pretty sure at least two of the three tales published in B.A. #27 (featuring Phoenix, Iceman, and Nightcrawler) were done in the late 70s for Marvel Spotlight and/or Marvel Premiere. Why thinkest Groove this? 'Cause I know fer sure the Iceman tale was scheduled for Marvel Spotlight--the Bob Layton penciled cover for it made the fanzine rounds in 79/80. Nightcrawler was rumored to be in the pipline for one of those Marvelous mags, as well. Add to that the fact that the stories ran 18 pages (while Marvel was running 22 pagers by this time)--yeah, yers trooly is pret-ty sure they were intended for Marvel's color line. (Not sure about the Phoenix tale...).

I said all'a that to say this: "Check out this freakin' cool Nightcrawler story co-plotted by Bob Layton and Jo Duffy, scripted by Duffy, and featuring art by Dave Cockrum and Ricardo Villamonte!" Not only is this story a hoot in both the story and art departments, but it ties up loose ends from the final ish of The Champions and sets up Nightcrawler's 1985 mini-series. It's easy to forget just how awesome Nightcrawler was back in the good ol' days...let "Show Me the Way to Go Home..." show ya just how much fun Kurt Wagner truly was...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Random Reads: "The Lurker Within" by Warner and Boyette

What it is, Groove-ophiles! No, it's not "cavemen week", just a coincidence that Bloodstone is showing up the day after Kong the Untamed. It's been a looooooooong time since we looked at the color incarnation of John Warner's immortal hero, Ulysses Bloodstone, so Ol' Groove thought today would be the perfect day to read the second part of Bloodstone's debut from Marvel Presents #1 (July 1975--another coincidence--it's not July 1975 week, either). Oh, and you can read part one here and Bloodstone's history here. We'll wait...

You're back? Okay, then, here's "The Lurker Within" by John Warner and Pat Boyette!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Ol' Groove's Request Line: "The Caves of Doom" by Oleck, Conway, and Alcala

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Recently, Groove-ophile John R. e-mailed Ol' Groove with a request for Kong the Untamed #3, so here 'tis! Kong #3 (July 1975) was a transitional issue. Former cover artist Bernie Wrightson was gone, with Bill Druat covering ish 3. Writer Jack Oleck was out, only plotting this issue, as scripter Gerry Conway would take over the full writing chores next issue. The major blow would be finding out that this would be artist Alfredo Alcala's last ish. Keeping a creative team on a series back in the Groovy Age was a tough job. Seems like every two or three issues part or all of the creative team would disappear, often to be replaced with someone whose style was nowhere near the former creator's. Was a weird world, but it made for some interesting stories (both between and behind the covers)! Okay, John and everyone else who's interested, let's check out "The Caves of Doom" by Jack Oleck, Gerry Conway, and Alfredo Alcala!

And remember, if you wanna make a request, just click the Groov-E-Mail icon and lay it on me!


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