Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Bring on the Back-ups: "Clea, the Mystic Maiden" by Basner, Plunkett, and Salmons

What it is, Groove-ophiles! Here's another of those short back-ups Marvel produced during Archie Goodwin's tenure as Editor-In-Chief. This one comes from the back of Defenders #53 (August 1977). Written by Goodwin protege Naomi Basner (who had done some great articles for FOOM Magazine) with art by two more newcomers Sandy Plunkett and Tony Salmons, "Clea, the Mystic Maiden" is Dr. Strange's favorite student's first (and, as far as Ol' Groove can determine, only) solo tale. I always dug it, 'cause Clea gets to show that she doesn't have to rely on magic or Doc when the going gets tough!


  1. You can find out more about Basner in a column I wrote for The Comics Journal 25 years ago:


  2. Thanks for that link, Scott! I remembered that article, but couldn't remember where I'd read it. Should have known it was on your site. Duh! Anyway, I'm adding the link to the body of the post. Many thanks!!



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