Monday, January 6, 2014

Groove's Faves: "Deathgame!" by Kraft, Isabella, Perez, and Janson

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Whaddya say we kick this week off with a mighty Man-Wolf tale--the first, in fact, of the series illustrated by a young George Perez (getting "guest artist credit here--little did anyone know, huh?)! In fact, this is the Pace Setter's first color feature-length thriller for Marvel, and it's so cool to see his signature style coming through this very far-out and energetic early effort. With a story by David Anthony Kraft (co-plotted by Tony Isabella) and inks by Klaus Janson, from Creatures On the Loose #33 (October 1974), here's Man-Wolf vs. Kraven the Hunter in ..."Deathgame!"


  1. Janson's inks on Perez were as refreshing here as Vince Colletta's were in a few Avengers stories I remember reading. And, as you point out, some very impressive early Marvel work from Perez.

  2. Man, if anything is screaming for some kind of reprint, it's these Man Wolf stories. I remember how much I loved that 2-part Man Wolf story in Marvel Premiere - I read and reread those to tatters - and how surprised I was when I learned that there were a whole bunch of Perez-drawn stories from Creatures on the Loose that preceded it.

  3. One of my very first "pro" jobs, inking backgrounds for Janson on this issue. I learned a lot.

    1. We love ya here in Groove City, Bob! With Defenders #24 you became one of my all-time fave inkers--and you're still tops!



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