Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Groove's Faves: "Tumult in the Tower of Time!" by Wolfman, Gan, and Marcos

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! A year ago today we rapped about Skull the Slayer #2, so today we're gonna rap about ish #3! Ol' Groove had no intentions of making this an annual gig, but that's the way it goes sometimes, huh? Anywho, Skull #3 (October 1975) is creator/writer/editor Marv Wolfman's final ish and does he ever go out with a bang, baby! The Tower of Time went a long way in explaining what was going on in Skully and company's world, plus it left lots of room for all kinds of future adventures. This was also Steve Gan's final ish as penciler, though he would return to ink new permanent penciler Sal Buscema in Skull #6. The art in the ish is great, as usual, but the differences in Marcos' and Gan's inking styles is jarring for a couple of pages until you get back into the flow...

Cover art by Ron Wilson and Frank Giacoia

All-in-all not a bad swan song for Wolfman and Gan, but even better things were waiting for Skull in a couple of issues under Bill Mantlo and Sal B. Stay tuned! Mebbe Ol' Groove won't wait another year to visit Skull the Slayer!


  1. Hey Groovster!
    I loved Skull & this series! I was bummed it only lasted 8 issues. As well as one appearance in Marvel Two in One. His name sounds like something Conan,Capt.Kirk or the Tick would scream! LOL SSSKKKUULLLL!!!!

    I think someone was a fan of NBC's Land of the Lost when thy dreamed up Skull. I'd love to see this done as a tv series. I always wanted to see Skull vs the Red Skull! Skull Wars!! LOL

  2. Did you know he came back a few times after this? First as The Blazing Skull (when his power belt broke) with Captain america and then Quasar - late with Hawkeye as a pot bellied middle aged man and lastly and most recently when he returned to the Bermuda Triangle and met up with the future foundation and X-men. A fantastic character..you just can't keep him down!



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