Friday, September 16, 2011

Making a Splash: DC Comics 40 Years Ago This Month

What it is, Groove-ophiles! Here we are in the midst of DC's DCnU (aka the New 52). How's it going so far? Whether you're diggin' Johns, Lee, and the gang's reboot or not, you can't go wrong when you set the Waybac Machine to September, 1971 and dig the DCs of bygone days. Need proof? Here ya go!


  1. Sorry,old Groove,this is where I leave you.
    This new way of trying to "biggen" the pictures does not work.
    It was fun while it lasted.
    Thank you for the memories.

  2. Right-click on the image. Select "open in new tab".


  3. Wonderful stuff, I can't believe that was 40 years ago - I vividly remember picking up JLA 94 in a newsagents just outside Glasgow after school and opening it up to that amazing Neal Adams splash page (and his 4 or 5 "guest pages") that was the book that really did it for me and I was truly hooked on Adams and US comic - Have to say I like the new way of looking at the pages as it opens easier on my PC - liked the old way also as I could enlarge the images (at my age the old eyes are going lol) thanks again for the memories look forward to many more - McScotty

  4. Fun stuff. Is it just me, or did a lot of these issues have horror themes?

  5. I think I may have missed something--is this new way of displaying pages irrevocable? 'Cause I hate to sound like an ingrate, but I'm sorry to say that my 17" screen is insufficient for legibly reading the pages in this new format.

  6. About the second splash: if you were designing a new! new! new! costume for Superman in 2011, would you put him in one Supergirl wore forty years ago?

  7. Thanks, Adam, it works fine now!
    And thank you, Groove, for having such a fun site!

  8. The new pic dimensions are all in the hands of either Blogger or Picasa, Groove-ophiles. I ain't doing a thing different! From my visits around the web, I'm pretty sure the Diversions isn't the only site experiencing this new "biggen-ing" style.

    Thanks for figuring out an easy way to enjoy the pics under the new settings (or whatever the heck is going on!), Adam! You're a Groove-ophile, First Class!

  9. dbutler,

    You're right that horror played a big part in many early 70s stories. Loved that. All of the issues above are from the point where I got into comics. DC was experimenting big time. The more things change...




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