Monday, September 29, 2014

Groove's Faves: "Timber Wolf...Dead Hero, Live Excecutioner!" by Bates and Cockrum

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Legion of Super-Heroes fans knew that Cary Bates and Dave Cockrum's revival of our favorite team of teens from the future was catching fire when they snagged the lead spot and put Superboy in the back of his own mage in Superboy #197 (June 1973). Starting with the next issue they'd take over the whole mag, and by the end of the 70s, they'd totally boot Superboy out of his own mag and into a brand new mag of his own.

Young Groove wasn't worried about all'a that, though. He was just flipping out of Cockrum's sensational art and those astounding new costumes (especially Timber Wolf's and Lightning Lad's)! Add to all that the fact that Tyr was a pretty cool villain and now we're ready to dig on a true, blue fave!
Cover art by Nick Cardy


  1. Great post, Groove!
    Cool comic. Man, I just love those Nick Cardy covers. Back in my old place, I used to have a few of those D.C. comics with Cardy covers mounted on my wall (along with some Starlin and Kirby, natch).
    I never got into the Legion too much, so it's kind of interesting to read about all these characters I'm not familiar with.

  2. Great Legion story Groove! Ol' Timberwolf could have served as the template for Wolverine - they both have a pointy hairstyle and the savage berserker rage! Tyr seems to have hijacked the Starship Enterprise too!

    - Mike from Trinidad & Tobago.

  3. One of the very first comics I ever bought. Until that day, I'd never heard of the Legion! Boy, did I have a lot of catching up to do.

  4. Thanks for the Legion story, haven't seen them in years. The second Levitz era was so good I often forget how good this period was. It was great in many ways.



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