Saturday, October 31, 2009

Groove's Weird Faves: Brave and the Bold #116

Happy Halloween, Groove-ophiles! The Halloween Countdown is over, the big day is here, and it's time to celebrate! To make things extra special, today you'll get ta dig on a brand new post every eight hours! That's three big, super-spooky posts in one day. It's just Ol' Groove's way of making your day a little more gloomy! Ready for our first spook-tacular? Then awaaaay we go!

I don't know about you, but in all of comicbookland I can't think of a cooler or creepier pairing of super-heroes than The Batman and the Spectre. When Brave and the Bold #116 hit the stands in September, 1974, Young Groove couldn't wait to pull that 100 page, sixty-cent monster off the drug-store shelf and dive into the weird wonder of it all. I was already diggin' the Spectre in Adventure Comics, I had always been nuts over The Batman, so it was all I could do to contain myself long enough to get to the car and start reading. I was curious to see how the Darknight Detective would react to the murderous justice of the Astral Avenger, but Jim Corrigan's alter ego kept it toned down a bit (due, no doubt, to the story being written and edited by a different team than worked on Adventure). Bob Haney's story was plenty dark, gritty, and spooky, though, as you'll soon learn. The art was by Spectre and B&B master Jim Aparo, so there was no way this terror-tale could be anything less than super-spectacular! I wasn't disappointed in the least, and I don't think you will be, either, Groove-ophile. Pull up a tombstone, flip on the nite-lite, and get ready to gasp when you find yourself in the..."Grasp of the Killer Cult"!

5 comments:

  1. Great choice GA! This is one of my favorite issues of B&B.

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  2. I'm in the letters page of this issue, a team-up suggestion actually, rather than a full letter. I went on to get a few mentions and eventually full letters published in B&B, but this was my first!

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  3. This was one of my favorite comics as a kid - come to think of it, it still is one of my favorites! Aparo's art from this era still blows me away.

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  4. it says you have about 16 B and B but I can only get the same two no matter how hard i try, 116 and another one,

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    1. Make sure you are clicking the "older post" or "newer post" links, Joe. Also, lots of the posts on B&B are splashes and covers--not many actual stories since so many of them are in print.

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