Thursday, December 12, 2013

Groove's Faves: "The Flash in Cartoon-Land" by Bates, Novick, and Giordano

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Leading up to the Christmas of 1971, Young Groove was head-over-heels for comicbooks, cowboys, and cartoons (pretty much in that order). All of those childhood vices came together in Flash #212 (December 1971), making Cary Bates, Irv Novick, and Dick Giordano's "The Flash in Cartoon-Land!" my fave comicbook of that time. Yeah, for this eight-year-old, the Flash and a kid dressed like a cowboy battling Abra Kadabra and his Purple Pixies beat out the Kree-Skrull War and Kirby's Fourth World! No, I no longer place this kid-friendly classic (magical impalements and all!) anywhere near those milestones on my list of all-time greats, but " Cartoonland!" still holds a special place in my nostalgic heart. Share this one with a kid, Groove-ophile! That's who it's meant for!!
Cover art by Dick Giordano


  1. Irv Novick is usually associated with Batman stories in the 1970s, but I always thought he was perhaps the best artist working on Flash at the time. He did the art on the Flash shorts in the Adventure dollar comics, and I remember I preferred him over Heck (who was doing the art on the regular series at the time) and - blasphemy to many, I know - or Infantino.

  2. I concur. Irv Novick is one of the best and most under-appreciated artists of his generation. His work always had a mature dynamic to it, a sure-handed feel of a seasoned pro.

    Rip Off

  3. It's "Mike TeeVee" from the original Willie Wonka film !!

  4. Irv Novick is one of the great unsung comics artists. I'll take his Batman over Neal Adams any day.

    Alex Saviuk is another great unsung Flash artist.



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