Monday, February 17, 2014

Bring On the Back-ups: "Sign of the Two Fingers!" by Maggin and Giordano

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! When Detective Comics #436 came out in May 1973, we had no idea how much things would change by the time ish 437 would come out. Up til now, Julie Schwartz held the editorial reigns, giving us Batman tales by the likes of Frank Robbins, Denny O'Neil, Neal Adams, Irv Novick, and Bob Brown. Back-ups featuring Robin, Batgirl, Jason Bard, the occasional Hawkman or Atom, and of course Elongated Man brought up the back-pages. After this, things changed drastically with the legendary run by Archie Goodwin with a variety of first-class artists and the even more legendary Manhunter back-ups illustrated by Walt Simonson. Those mags are among the greatest ever, but it never hurts to take a look at the old guard's last hoorah...Elongated Man in "Sign of the Two Fingers!" by Elliot S! Maggin and Dick Giordano!


  1. I may have some bad news to report. Rick L. Phillips' "Mail It to Team-Up" blog has been removed, and I found this while trying to find out what happened:

    I do not know Rick personally, but the timing and details are too close to ignore. Hopefully someone who DOES know Rick can confirm or dispel this.

    1. I'm pretty sure Mail It To Team-Up's Rick L. Phillips is a different Rick. Team-Up's Rick resides in Erlanger, KY. All his other blogs are working and there's no bad news on either of his facebook pages. Looks like we can chalk this one up to strange coincidence, I hope.

  2. Terry Austin with an un-credited assist. - Jeff Clem



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