Friday, December 15, 2017

Groovy Christmases Past: 1974

Ho, ho, ho and Happy Holidays to you, Groove-ophiles! Well, it's December 1974. Earlier in the year my family had pulled up stakes in Fairfield, Ohio and moved back to Dear Ol' Dad's birthplace of Harlan County, Kentucky. While it was a bit of a culture shock, we were surrounded by family and I made a lot of good friends in the little town of Loyall. But the thing that really made it "home" to Kid Groove was my beloved Mack's Family Center--a Walmart before most of us had ever heard of a Walmart if you will: a grocery store complete with a built in Ben Franklin's (we called 'em Dime Stores back then) and the greatest book/magazine/newspaper section I'd ever seen. It sported two ginormous magazine racks, three paperback spinner racks, and (best of all) two loaded-down comicbook spinner racks. They got everything! I never missed an issue of any favorite comic, plus I got my first exposure to Warren's Spirit reprints which REALLY knocked me out! Yep, great memories and great comics were found in that huge corner of the best store ever!



 Mike Grell helped make the LSH continue to be awesome!

 Super Sons, Vigilante, and some truly far-out Silver Age reprints!

 Our Pal Sal Buscema inked by Joe Staton on a the origins of Mantis and Vision written by Steve Englehart! Whoo!

 A stellar story in Steve Englehart's stellar CA&F run. So long, Nomad, welcome back Cap!


 The beginnings of Steve Gerber and Sal Buscema's massive Headmen/Nebulon storyline starts here, baby!



 Kid Groove actually wrote an LOC on this ish. I loved it a lot more than I do now, but still, it's a fun ish.



 This spectacular ish (my first) made a life-long Eisner/Spirit fan of moi!


Atlas/Seaboard is represented!

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Groovy Christmases Past: 1973

Happy Holidays and tons of ho-ho-ho to everyone in Groove City! Today we're turning back the clock to December 1973. As Ol' Groove mentioned yesterday, Kid Groove was getting a buck-a-week allowance. Standard comics were still twenty cents, DC's 100 pagers were fifty cents, and Archie's digests (the best way to get Archie comics, imo) had just jumped up to sixty cents. If you total up what Kid Groove spent on the comics you're about to see, you notice Kid Groove spent $3.20 on comics. Did I spend the rest on Christmas presents? Doubful. Then what got the other 80 cents? Look at the comics, then Ol' Groove'll reveal the answer to that particular mystery...
 Neal Adams' final issue of Batman in the Groovy Age. A superior Len Wein story!

 Got this one on the way back from getting a check-up on my broken arm. A little advice: never play soccer with a basketball on snow/ice-covered blacktop while wearing cowboy boots!

 Cary Bates and Dave Cockrum were making Superboy and the Legion one of the coolest comics on the stands at this time!



 Who'd a thunk that in 2018 this comic would kinda/sorta be made into a movie--without Mar-Vell?

 One of my fave Rich Buckler/Joe Sinnott FF covers ever!

 Kid Groove really dug Cobalt Man's armor!

 The second and last ish featuring SoS Kid Groove ever bought. Just didn't click with me for some reason. I liked Doc Strange a lot better I s'pose.

 My first PLOP! and it was a doozy!

Longest comicbook title...ever?

The only thing that could compete with comics back in 1973...Wacky Packages!



See ya tomorrow in 1974!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Groovy Christmases Past: 1972

Merry Christmas and Happy Everything, Groove-ophiles! We're gonna trip on back to December 1972 today! By now, Kid Groove was getting a buck-a-week allowance and making money on the side recycling old newspapers. Access to the store that sold the three-for-a-quarter coverless comics was gone, so it was the spinner racks of two drugstores and a King Kwik that nabbed all my dough! But it was dough well spent as you're about to see...



 Read this one by the fireplace on Christmas Eve. 

 The greatest CM era of all arrives with Jim Starlin's debut!

 Cap got super-strength--for a while.

 Frank Giacoia's inks pretty much disguise Steranko's pencils, but the story's twist ending with Johnny Storm's heartbreak still resonates. I've never forgiven Crystal and Quicksilver.



That was the "new" stuff, but my burgeoning love for comicbooks of the past (thanks in no small part to DC's back-up reprints during 1971's 52 page era) is really getting well-fed!



 DoD got me this one on New Year's Day 1973. Read all about it right here

 This was like a treasure chest for Kid Groove. The oldest and most important story reprints I'd ever seen at that point. And Nick Cardy's cover was worth ten times the cover price!

 Ant-Man's creative team had fallen behind the Dread Deadline Doom, but the reprint and the Jim Starlin cover were dy-no-mite with Kid Groove!


Another reprint thanks to the DDD, but again, Starlin art (the cover and the framing sequence) made it a-ok. Oh, and it wasn't The Beast's creative team who missed the deadline--his final tale ran the issue before. No, t'was the incoming series what was running late...

And the most anticipated comic of Christmas 1972 for me was the debut of SHAZAM! Dear Ol' Dad had spent many an evening filling me in on his favorite childhood superhero, Captain Marvel, and now Kid Groove was finally going to get to see the magic of the Marvel Family for himself by no less than the original artist/co-creator C.C. Beck, himself! DoD and me had a great time with this'un!

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