Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Groove's Faves: "Vulcan: Son of Fire!" by Conway, Giffen, and Wood

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! We're back with another episode of The All-Star Super-Squad and the Justice Society of America, this one from All-Star Comics #60 (February 1976)! Things really get cooking with "Vulcan: Son of Fire!", baby! (No extra charge for the bad puns, either!) Keith Giffen's layouts give the JSA a "modern" feel, while Wally Wood's inks keep things cool and traditional. A perfect blend of Golden and Groovy Ages is what Ol' Groove thinks! Conway is doing some pretty keen stuff too, going beyond just the "generation gap" stuff of the first two issues--and you know I dig the spotlight on Dr. Fate!


















8 comments:

  1. My first ish of All-Star Comics - and was I ever hooked! These issues with Woody on the art are sublime. I love the later Staton/Layton stuff, but these just blew me away. Still do.

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  2. All-Star Comics was one of the best titles DC put out in the 70's, will you be posting the second part?

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    1. That's the plan, Kevin! Sometime in early April.

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  3. Yeah, a high point of DC '70's. My cousin gave me his copy of #62 when I was a kid, and when I got older I made a point of hunting down every issue of this run. Nice little stack of comics to read under the shade on a summer day with some lemonade, and pretend it's 1976!
    Giffen and Wood are great here.
    M.P.

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  4. Giffen/Wood, although dominated by Wally Wood's strong inks was very powerful, superior to the Estrada/Wood team that proceeded it. Soon, however, the title would bloom into full Woody art before leading to the impeccable Staton/Layton artwork (right up there with Byrne/Austin, Colan/Palmer and Kane/Janson as far as I'm concerned). And the writing by Paul Levitz was nothing to sneeze at, either.

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    1. I'm you! As much as I dig these early Conway/Whomever/Wood issues, I looove the Levitz/Staton/Layton run!

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  5. I love these Ernie Chan covers too. Talk about what was great about DC in the '70's! And those mastheads too, with all the figures,faces, colors and blurbs and the DC "bullet" right in the middle. Takes me back!
    M.P.

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  6. The Erie Chan cover was the icing on the cake.

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