Tuesday, December 11, 2012

12 Days of Christmas 2012! "Murder at Malibu!" by Claremont, Tuska, and Colletta

Happy Holidays, Groove-ophiles! Our 12 Days of Christmas celebration continues, and Ol' Groove's glad to see ya back! Today's titanic tale, "Murder at Malibu!" doesn't have a Christmas theme per se (though self-sacrifice, caring about others, and heroism are certainly Yuletide themes all year 'round!), but it did debut in December 1975 in the pages of Champions #4, so there ya go. Young Groove really dug this fab fill-in by author Chris Claremont and artists George Tuska and Vinnie Colletta for its efforts to give the newly-formed Champions not only a reason for existence, but to show what made them different from the myriad super-teams that populated the spinner-racks in the mid-70s. Angel's speech on the last page made me wanna cheer. Still does, though it makes me yearn for the super-heroes that were as truly heroic as they were during the Groovy Age...
Cover art by Rich Buckler and Frank Giacoia


  1. Could never figure out how a super-team made up of two Avengers, two X-men & Ghost Rider...along with Black Goliath, Hawkeye & Two-Gun Kid, could not make it as a title. I'm probably the only one who felt they had potential.

  2. I loved that comic although I never felt Ghost Rider really fit. I really felt a loyalty to the book since I was able to get in (virtually) on the ground floor with issue 3. But the terribly spotty distribution in West Central Scotland meant I only got six issues before it was cancelled.



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