Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Black and White Wednesday: "Accounts Settled...Accounts Due!" by Goodwin, DeZuniga, and Rival

Can you dig it, Groove-ophiles: the second solo-appearance of The Punisher from one of the most important and rare Marvel one-shots of all time, Marvel Super-Action #1 (November 1975)! Young Groove knew that this was a whole-new ballgame when it came to how super-heroes do their thing--with Marvel borrowing from the popular culture of the day (the Executioner book series, movies like Dirty Harry and Shaft) and hearkening back to the pulp heroes of the 30s (The Shadow and The Spider), the "code against killing" was officially lifted with this tale. Comics would soon change forever...from Archie Goodwin, Tony DeZuniga, and Rico Rival, here's "Accounts Settled...Accounts Due!"
Cover art by Bob Larkin


  1. You are correct, Groove. This was a whole new ballgame. I can remember getting this, with no idea what lay ahead. I bought it based on that cool Bob Larkin cover. I remember reading that story over and over again. I'd never seen anything like it and it did change a lot of things.

  2. Why don't you say American comics and not comics? There are so many comics out there you have no idea about...

    1. I figure it's pretty obvious I'm talking about American comics. You're right, I know little to nothing about anything but American comics. Never claimed to. Hence, I don't see the need for the extra label.

    2. That's because I'm used to seeing it in other non-US comic contexts.... but never in US ones. Oh well.

    3. This is interesting. I figure you're talking about British comics, or comics written in english anyway, but not American.
      If I'd want to write a line about Italian stuff in this blog, I'd say "italian comics", because english is used here, while I'd say "fumetti" on an italian blog, or "Bedé" on a French one, and so on.
      Anyway, I think there's no ambiguity, as this blog is devoted to U.S. comics...
      and maybe Americans have the right to just say "comics" referring to their own stuff, as we're all pretty sure they invented the word. :)



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