Monday, August 24, 2009

Grooviest Covers of All Time: The Summer of '74!

Ah, the Summer of '74! Tabloid sized comics! 100 and 68 page comics! Superheroes galore! Here are a few gems from Ol' Groove's private collection, bought fresh off the spinner rack at Mack's Superstore in Harlan County, KY! Dig it: Starlin, Aparo, Romita, Buckler, Kane, Cardy, Buscema, Adams, Staton, Kirby, Vallejo, Eisner--no wonder Ol' Groove loves his Groovy Age comics! How many of these classics are in your collection, Groove-ophiles?

10 comments:

  1. I've only got 13 of them, but I want them all, of course. (Except maybe the Conans. I'm not big on Conan. And the Yang. OK, maybe I'd buy the Yang. But only in a weak moment!)

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  2. My favorite cover of these is the Amazing Adventures; could Starlin do the barbarians-and-damsels thing well, or what? My favorite comics here are probably the Marvel Two-in-One (I'm a sucker for the Guardians of the Galaxy) and the first issue of Omac (didn't much care for it as a kid, but got a huge kick out of this series as an adult). And that issue of Superboy and the LOSH is a good one. And the Deathlok in Astonishing Tales, too!

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  3. I had 13 as well, all purchased from spinner racks in and around Horse Cave, KY! Well, all but that issue of Captain Marvel, which I bought at a drug store in Myrtle Beach, SC while on a family vacation. 1974 was a heck of a year.

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  4. Sad to say I've only got 9 of the above issues. I'll have to hit ebay!
    Love the Conan no.44, one of my favourite Big John B covers.

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  5. Nice choices GA! 1974 was a great year for comics. Of course, the Adventure #436 cover is my favorite of the bunch.

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  6. The Superboy and Superman issues were two of the first comics my younger brother and I bought in June 1974. I was seven and he was four. Over the years, I lost them, but 35 years and many, many long and short boxes later, I own them again.

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  7. Stumbled back across this post today. I've now got 16 of these. One might think I've got a Bronze Age problem : )

    Andrew
    ComicsBronzeAge.com

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  8. The Adventure Comics' cover's probably my favourite cover of the 1970s. The colour scheme's just phenomenal.

    There's also Action Comics #440 where Supes is stood, head bowed, atop a rain-swept peak as the ghosts of his parents point an accusing finger at him, saying he's failed them. I think it's done by Nick Cardy and is just magnificent.

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  9. 21, I think, but I'd have to do some digging to verify. 1974 was a good year!

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  10. 1974 Was a very good year for comics Especially the first Marvel Treasury with Spidey on the cover. I spent the entire summer coping panels from that book and learning how tor draw and cartoon. Also I purchased the DC Treasury Editions too. I remember reading and re-reading them again and again. I love those days and the sad part is that they don't have comics like that for kids anymore. My grandmother who bought me these books at a place called "Ann's Coffee Shop" and now the place is a boarded up dance studio. Just driving by that building brings back a lot of memories when we'd go there just to get comics for the week. I bought them all, the 60 cent DC's with all the reprints, the Marvels the DC's one Dollar Black and White Planet of the Apes Marvel Magazines, the Kung Fu ones. ......wow this brings back a lot of good comic buying years...they were my wonder years....were the future was bright and full of possibility. I miss those days.

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