Thursday, December 3, 2009

If You Blinked You Missed: The Black Hood

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Wouldn't ya love to read the origin of the Black Hood by Gray Morrow, not to mention Morrow, Neal Adams, and Dick Giordano's "Life's Not Like A Comic Book!" from Archie's Super Hero Comics Digest Magazine #2 (Summer 1979)? They are, after all, the best of the four Black Hood stories that appeared in that legendary digest comic. If you read my buddy Jazzy Jon "A" Gilbert's post on Morrow's Black Hood way back in February (it's right here if ya need your memory refreshed) then you already know these stories (along with two more by Marv Channing and Al McWilliams) were created way back in 1974/75 by then-Red Circle editor Morrow for the aborted first issue of their planned Black Hood comic. Ol' Groove is having to cheat a little (can't bend and tear up that precious digest mag, no matter what!) by using scans from Blue Ribbon Comics #8 (February 1984). They're slightly re-edited/formatted, but nothing that should impede your enjoyment. Dig it, baby!

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this - haven't seen it since, well, since I had the actual book as a kid back in 1979. That whole digest was a real trip: those campy reprint stories mainly from the '60s interspersed with these somber and "adult" Black Hood features.

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  2. I still have this issue! I loved the Black Hood! Impact comics tried to revive the character and several others, back in the 90's. But it wasn't the same.

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  3. I could swear on a stack of comic books that Neal Adams had some help with the art on Black Hood. Look at page seven and tell me Neal penciled those figures. Looks more like early Mike Nasser to me, but if these pages were completed in '74/'75, then I think that's a little soon for him to be on the scene. Maybe one of Neal's Crusty Bunkers? Joe Brozowski? Dennis Francis? Pat Broderick? - Jeff Clem

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