Monday, July 21, 2014

Groove's Faves: "Games Godlings Play!" by Gerber, Starlin, Wein, Adkins, Newton, and Mooney

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Today we're gonna rap about an all-time fave from one of Ol' Groove's all-time fave formats--Marvel's Giant-Size line of 1974/1975. Those 68 page quarterlies were always something special, extra-long stories (a lot of times with guest-stars), superior art--almost like a Silver Age annual four times a year! Giant-Size Defenders was one of the best, and one of its best issues was G-SD #3 (October 1974)--"Games Godlings Play!" Co-plotted by Steve Gerber, Jim Starlin, and Len Wein, with lay-outs by Starlin and finishes/inks by Dan Adkins, Don Newton, and Jim Mooney, "Games..." is a tour de force for our fave non-team. It's cosmic,  it's lyrical, it's whimsical, and it's even brutal at times. It's also innovative (Gerber and Starlin's use of pictures and set-type prose blew me away) and it introduces Korvac, who seems like a neat throw-away character here, but will later become a major Avengers villain. Not only that, but it features one of the biggest boo-boo endings in comicbook history--part of the legendary "Gerber Curse"? Wow! So much cool stuff packed into one ish--no wonder it was Giant-Size!
Cover art by Ron Wilson and Joe Sinnott

Oh, and that major boo-boo Ol' Groove alluded to above? Didja catch it? Here's the letters page from G-SD #4 in which fans point it out and Marvel responds. It's pretty funny. Oh, there's a minor boo-boo a sharp-eyed fan caught in "Gods...", too! Check it out...


  1. Wonderful. This one brings back memories of that wonderful summer of 1980, when the guy who would later become my brother-in-law let me borrow his big box of comics to read. It was filled with mainly Marvel stuff from around 1972 to 1975: pretty much the entirety of Gerber's Defenders run, the entire Avengers/Celestial Madonna saga and much more. I read and re-read all of those several times over that summer. And this Giant Size sticks in my mind in particular. It's such a great story, mistakes and all.

  2. Thanks so much for your awesome blog of Bronze Age comics, I particularly enjoy the Atlas/Seaboard posts. Could you provide more details describing what was the "Gerber Curse"?



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