Friday, October 10, 2014

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Marvel Goes Giant-Size (Part One)

Ah, Groove-ophiles, can ya remember back in early 1974 to early 1975 when Mighty Marvel unleashed their 68 page, fifty cent Giant-Size line of quarterly comics? A bonus-length lead feature plus a classic Silver Age (or even Golden Age if we were lucky) tale, all square-bound and stapled under some of the best Gil Kane, John Romita, Frank Brunner, Rich Buckler, and many others' color-splashed covers...  Here (in no particular order) are a few of Ol' Groove's faves from the pre-re-print Giant-Size era!










10 comments:

  1. I only have 6 of these... X-Men is expensive

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    1. Funny--they were just fifty cents where I bought mine. ;D Seriously, the square-bound format is notorious for splitting and covers coming loose, so good condition copies of these puppies are steep, indeed. If I knew then what I know now (and my folks had known), I'd have gotten at least 10 copies of each!

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    2. I bought mine for $15 when I was 12, and I thought my Dad would flip out!!! Shame I had to sell it a few years later...still, I got $45 out of it. Wonder what my Dad would think at what a Mint condition copy goes for now...

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  2. That Conan Giant was a real standout, with Kane inked by Sutton, serialized over a few issues, but, heartbreakingly, never finished by Kane in the color format. Eventually it was concluded by Buscema in SSOC, but what a monumental collection it could've been, if Giant-Size Conan hadn't suddenly converted to a reprint book.

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  3. "Howard the Duck faces death at the hands of Gorko the Man-Frog."

    I'm disturbed by how much I want to see what happens with this.

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  4. Of all the elements of the Bronze Age (new characters, stretching the Code, etc.), really nothing screams to the era like these Giant-Size mags. Love 'em!

    Marvel made such a huge error in not including these in the dvd-roms from Gitcorp about a decade ago. Of course, not continuing to capture all of their material in that format may have been the bigger error, as far as consumers are concerned!

    Doug

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  5. This entry has had me grinning all evening.

    Thank you.

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  6. I can still remember finding that Giant Size Spider-man in a second hand store for only a few bucks in the early 90's. I was so tickled to find such a early punshier appearance so cheap.

    I only have three here and agree they are very hard to find in nice grade. I saw the X-Men Giant size once for 200 in a second hand book store and just didn't have the money. But man does that come to mind everytime I see the book.

    Shand G.

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  7. Another great post, Groovester! I think at one time I had all dese comix....sniff....

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