Monday, March 4, 2013

Bring on the Back-ups: "The Invasion!" by Wolfman and Don Heck

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! This sci-fi mini-epic from Adventure Comics #424 (September 1972) was written, according to Grand Comics Database, by Marv Wolfman. "The Invasion!" was drawn, without a doubt, by Don Heck. And may Ol' Groove say it is one of the best of Heck's art-jobs of the Groovy Age...


  1. I actually spied his signature (a rarity) on the splash page hidden in the depths of space.

    To my eye this looks like Heck inking Heck. As fine a pencil artist as he could be, I think Heck's admittedly rough inks were very nice, especially on titan Jack Kirby.

    This story art cleaves closer to Heck's original style, less based on Kirby and more on Caniff.

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    1. This is a perfect story to demonstrate how good a storyteller and artist Don Heck was. I was about 10 or 11 years old when this came out and if it didn't look like Steranko, Adams or Smith, then it stunck, in my youthfully stupid opinion. Now I know better - actually I realized that guys like Heck, Tuska, Sekowsky, Cardy, etc...were great when I saw the awful art and lack of storytelling skills from the Image guys in the early to mid 90s. - Jeff Clem

  2. The "Aliens-Attack-But-Are-Thwarted-Because-They're-Really-Actually-Tiny" Twist seems to be a stock filler story; I remember a Ditko drawn one in (I think) TIME WARP where the aliens are crushed by snowflakes.

  3. You've done it again groove: another issue I had, and had forgotten. The story is a variation of "The Twilight Zone" episode with Agnes Moorehead.

  4. Kewl! Heck's work is underrated, most def... thanks for hipping me to your Robbins backstash - I'm straight trippin' on that Robbins/Gans Legions of Monsters job!



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