Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Random Reads: "Citadel of Silence" by Englehart, Vosburg, and Colletta

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! 'Tis been waaaaaay too long since we dug on an ish of DC's spectacular science fantasy Starfire, so let's check out ish #6 (March 1977)! "Citadel of Silence" is the first part of a two-part fill-in mini-epic written by Steve (Avengers, Captain America, Batman) Englehart, so that makes it kinda cool. It's also the ish in which artist Mike Vosburg gives Starfire a new outfit (keeping some of the original's Valentina-inspired motif), so that makes it even cooler! Check it out!



















6 comments:

  1. Oh, man, that opening splash page...

    Interesting that you call Englehart's contribution to the series a "fill-in." As I recall, there really never was a regular writer for Starfire (probably one of the reasons why it was cancelled so quickly). So basically, they were all "fill-in" writers, weren't they?
    Anyway, as with the Man-Wolf posts, it's almost becoming traditional for me to whine about a collected edition for these, so here goes: c'mon DC, throw a bone, here!

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  2. I actually called it a fill-in 'cause that's what the editors called it in the letters page of that self-same ish. Tom Defalco took over after Englehart, so yeah, the musical writers syndrome I wrote about in my first Starfire post could, indeed, be considered a bunch'a fill-ins!

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  3. I bought this in the day because I was an Englehart fan/completest. Had never read the comic before but Steve got me up to speed pretty quickly. Vosburg and Colletta art didn't do much for me then, but now I see it in a way better light. In fact, I have become quite the fan of Vosburg's art and Colletta's inks work well here. Englehart did the next issue as well and I always thought it was funny when they promoted it in the Daily Planet, the title was "Doesn't Have a Title Yet!". - Jeff Clem, who has to be Anonymous because his damn computer will not let him do it right.

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  4. How did that giant phallus on page two make it past the Comics Code? Someone was asleep at the wheel that day.

    Chris A.

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  5. Chris, now that you mention it, the giant phallus is right there on page one as well. However, until you pointed it out, I just didn't notice; too busy admiring Starfire's, er, attributes...

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  6. Yes, but its top and side are obscured on page one (intentionally so), but it is on full display on page two, panels 2 and 3. Again, the Code boys must've been on lunch hour when that one crossed their desks.

    Chris A.

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