Monday, November 10, 2014

Our Pal Sal: "The Fire, the Friend, and the Foe!" by Mantlo and S. Busecema

Yesterday was ROM's very own Bill Mantlo's birthday, so as a "Happy B-day!" to Mr. Mantlo, Ol' Groove thought you'd dig reading ROM #4's "The Fire, the Friend, and the Foe!" from December 1979. Between Bill's powerful story (including some background on our hero's--and villain's--past) and Sal's pulse-pounding art, ROM vs. Firefall is pretty far-out! Issues like this are why, over two decades later, fans lovingly recall a comic about a failed toy!

For more info on Bill and his ongoing health battles, please visit The Bill Mantlo Project--and make a donation if ya can!


  1. Bill wrote many great tales. The Micronauts! Rom Space Knight, the Hulk! He also created the U-Foes, Cloak & Dagger to name a few!

    1. Who knew a failed toy could be such a fun comicbook? Bill, happy belated birthday!

      - Mike 'jovial wraith' from Trinidad & Tobago.

  2. Great post, Groovy Agent! I have almost every issue of Mantlo and Buscema's Rom, and it´s very cool to see this inmortal piece of graphic storytelling still has followers all around the world!
    Thank you for the memories,
    Rodrigo, from Chile, South America (I'm pretty sure you know also Rom was a smash hit in Brazil back in the eighties!



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