Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Black and White Wednesday: Groovy Marshall Rogers Original Art

Yep, you read the title right, Groove-ophiles! Ol' Groove has trucked around the Internet and scrounged up a few samples of original art by the late, lamented, and legendary Marshall Rogers! Rogers, of course, is best known for his Batman run in Detective Comics (alongside writer Steve Englehart and inker Marshall Rogers), along with Mister Miracle and (after the Groovy Age) Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer, Detectives Inc., Cap'n Quick and a Foozle, and so much more. We're focusing on the Groovy Age, natch, so here's some waaaaaaaaay far out Batman, Mister Miracle--and a few surprise-- original pieces comin' atcha!

Unused (dangit) cover art

Yeah, Atlas/Seaboard's Iron Jaw, baby! Oh, what might have been!


  1. Wonderful, Groove. Thanks for sharing these. Those Mr. Miracle images in particular just make me think of that all-too-brief revival of his series which I thought was quite good.

  2. DC doesn't include Detective 477 (or at least the cover and new pages) in collections of Roger's work or that story arc.
    I wish they had.

    1. They should because his framing pages on that are really nice.

  3. That un-published Mister Miracle/Big Barda fight scene cover was supposed to be for Mister Miracle #20, part of a dynamite Englehart/Rogers revival that still manages to get overlooked by Kirby enthusiasts. Too, look at the cover for Mister Miracle #19. Inker "Ilya Hunch" inked the interiors AND the cover too. That's Mike Nasser/Netzer inks on Granny Goodness, as well as Giordano/Barda, Austin/Virmin, Brozowski/Bedlam and Milgrom/Kanto. I remember all of this, but cannot remember the grocery list.

  4. These Rogers pieces are beautiful, although the Rogers/Springer team is a mismatch. A Rogers illustrated Iron Jaw would have been something to behold. This is the first I've ever heard of it. I assume the company folded before plans were very far along. I'll always be thankful for the Englehart/Rogers/Austin run of Detective Comics. Those handful of issues remain one of comics'highest achievements, standing out even 40 years later.



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