Friday, April 3, 2015

Making a Splash: Marvel Comics 40 Years Ago This Month

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! In March, 1975, Young Groove was about to move away from Loyall, Kentucky to Barbourville, Kentucky, which would be my home town to this very day. At the beginning of the month, I had no idea that I would never again get to visit my beloved Mack's super-store (and their duo of comicbook spinner racks), but by early April finding comics in Knox County had become a chore (t'would swiftly, and thankfully, change for the better). In other words, March, 1975 was the last time I would ever be able to go to one store and find all my comicbooks (and b&w mags and paperbacks) for at least a couple of years. The next couple of months would be a real struggle to track down my fave mags. Didn't know how good I had it when I was snatching these Marvel-ous mags from the racks...

The eagle-eyed among you will notice that Ol' Groove's only included Marvel's color, non-reprint mags this go-round (Avengers was even a reprint that month!). We'll look more at the b&w mags in a future Black and White Wednesday!


  1. Such beautiful pages and all from my birthday month of June, no wonder I had such a great imagination as a kid. Thanks Groove... : )

    Shane G.

  2. Wow! So many memories here, Groove! I think the 8-year old me bought 9 of these issues at the time and then I went on to buy another 7 as back issues. Some beautiful artwork here from Starlin, Gulacy, Colan, Kane - the cream of Bronze Age Marvel. And "School's Out" by Gerber and Mooney - one of the most moving, intelligent and frightening comics of its day. Great stuff!



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