Groove's Faves: "Jack of Hearts!" by Mantlo, Giffen, and Nebres
Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! One of the most unique and visually stunning characters to come out of the Groovy Age was Bill Mantlo and Keith Giffen's Jack of Hearts. Created as a foil for the White Tiger in Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #22, Jack quickly became a cult fave, with color appearances in mags like Incredible Hulk and Iron Man fanning the flames of fandom. Marvel decided to test Jack's popularity with Marvel Premiere #44 (July 1978) with Mantlo and Giffen teaming with finisher Rudy Nebres. Teen Groove dug that issue a lot...
Cover by Mike Zeck and Rudy Nebres
...but Jack never did get his own series. He did get a mini-series in 1984, but that was as close as it got.
Special thanks to Mike's Amazing World of Comics and Grand Comics Database for being such fantastic resources for covers, dates, creator info, etc. Thou art treasures true!
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As for the rest of ya, the purpose of this blog is to (re)introduce you to the great comics of the 1970s. If you like what you see, do what I do--go to a comics shop, bookstore, e-Bay or whatever and BUY YOUR OWN!