Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Random Reads: "Derelict!" by McKenzie, Simonson, and Janson

What it is, Groove-ophiles! Y'know, most every time I read a Groovy Age mag written by fellow Kentuckian Roger McKenzie I have to scratch my head and wonder. The dude was a great writer, penning a variety of Marvel mags as disparate as Captain America, Battlestar Galactica, Daredevil, and Tomb of Dracula with real flair...yet all that great work seems to be forgotten. Maybe it was timing. His stints on Cap and DD, for instance, were followed by legendary runs by Roger Stern and John Byrne (on Cap) and Frank Miller (on DD). Conversely, McKenzie followed Marv Wolfman on Wolfman's signature Marvel series, ToD. Still, any time Ol' Groove can plant a reminder in the collective cranium of comicbookdom (or at least the fraction of comicbookdom that digs DotGK), you can bet your sweet bippy I'll do it! Just check out "Derelict!" from Battlestar Galactica #15 (February 1980). I know you'll swoon to the truly far-out art by Walt Simonson and Klaus Janson (who can blame ya?), but pay attention to McKenzie's script, too, okay (and yeah, he and Simonson plotted the tale together)? It's a cool outing spotlighting one of Galactica's better second-tier characters, Lt. Boomer, putting him situations both frightening and touching. Enjoy!


  1. Yes, the art was quite good, and some great sci-fi stories adapted to the Galactica universe.

    Still a shame it was so short-lived. One of my favs, especially later on when they started adding the secondary characters and more drama.

    Thanks much for the sharing...!!!

  2. Marvel's Galactica series is truly a forgotten gem, and quite a treasure-trove of outstanding SF storytelling by Walt Simonson in those later issues. For the most part, I liked it much better than much of Marvel's Star Wars, and frankly, in terms of quality the comic far surpassed the TV series...



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