Thursday, November 21, 2013

Groove's Faves: "The Man Bear Stalks at Midnight"/"Hospital of Fear" by Conway, Nasser, and Austin

What it is, Groove-ophiles! Ol' Groove's been thinking (scary, I know): we love Green Arrow and Black Canary. We love Michael Netzer (Mike Nasser) and Terry Austin art. We love to share hard-to-find, far-out comics. So why haven't we done more with the little-seen GA/BC strips from the Dollar Comics era of World's Finest (issues 244-282)? The answer? I dunno. Since I can't explain my gigantic gaff, all I can do is try to rectify the sitch starting today! In WF #245 (March 1977), Netzer and Austin ably illustrated a Frankenstein/Island of Dr. Moreau-inspired mini-epic written by Gerry Conway, "The Man Bear Stalks at Midnight" and "Hospital of Fear". Creepy, action-packed, kinda twisted and cool story. In-freakin'-credible art, to put it mildly. I mean, how 70s-slick can you get! Ollie and Dinah look like movie-stars in action (and Netzer's cinematic action scenes were awwwwwweeeesssooooooooommmmme!). Not only that, but--aw, you don't wanna read all this ramblin'! Check out the truly far-out  Conway/Netzer/Austin team for yourself!


  1. Wow, I haven't seen these in ages, and I loved the GA/BC stories in World's Finest. In fact, I loved all of the back-ups in WF when it was a dollar comic - they were usually better than the main Superman/Batman story.

  2. the quality of this work demands better paper ...a good bit of it is lost in the old newsprint......I need to find me some of these

  3. I wish DC would reprint these forgotten 70's comics in trade format. Michael Netzer's Black Canary is gorgeous. Simply beautiful artwork and well-deserving of a far wider audience. Thanks for sharing it.

  4. Please make GA/BC reprints a regular thing. I love these strips!

  5. They changed Dinah into her costume... Okay, that's not only illogical but seriously creepy. :P

    I remember reading this one when it came out. I was really intrigued by the mystery but disappointed that I never saw it followed up. I wondered who Ursus was before he was transformed. This story reminded me a lot of Man-Bat's transformation in 1970, and Anthony Lupus, the werewolf who fought Batman in detective Comics in 1974. I wondered at the time if the Doctor's mysterious higher up could have been Professor Milo.

    Did they ever resolve this storyline? I'd love to know what was behind it all.



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