Friday, January 20, 2017

Making a Splash: P. Craig Russell's War of the Worlds/Killraven

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! For Ol' Groove, one of the highest-of-the-high-points of Marvel in the Groovy Age was Don McGregor's War of the Worlds/Killraven run in Amazing Adventures. With artists like Herb Trimpe, Rich Buckler, and Gene Colan, McGregor took Roy Thomas' cool idea (H.G. Wells' Martians return to conquer Earth) and elevated it into a unique, way ahead of it's time sci-fi strip. When neo-artist P. Craig Russell joined him as artist (A. A. issues 27-32, 34-37 (layouts only on 35-36), and 39, August 1974-August 1976 ) the comic became legendary. Russell's art was as unique and cool as McGregor's writing, with both men elevating the comics medium with each passing issue. Russell is a master, there is no doubt, and even his early work showed a style that stood out from all the rest...





9 comments:

  1. This was such a cool series throughout, but the McGregor/Russell run was just fantastic. I currently have the Essentials volume, but Killraven seriously deserves a color reprint.

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  2. Imported American comics were already exotic enough back in the mid 70s, but Killraven was something else again!
    Great flashback Groove, you've been on a roll this week. (Even more than usual)

    -sean

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  3. Ohh! So cool, especially that last one. Here is another series I need to track down. Thanks for sharing so much awesome stuff with us, Groove!

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  4. McGregor and Russell created a truly original classic series in Killraven, this book was definitely ahead of its time. Everyone talks about Lee/Kirby and Claremont/Byrne, but these two deserve to be mentioned in such exalted company!

    - Mike from Trinidad & Tobago.

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  5. One of my all time favorite series. Meant the world to me as a teenager, still does.

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  6. One of my all-time favorite series! It still holds up, both the art and the writing. Just amazing!

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  7. Craig Russell, of the delicate pen point and operatic adaptations, was growing artistically by leaps and bounds throughout his run on this series. In conjunction with Don McGregor's expansive storytelling,this jewel of the 70s proves once again why this period for Marvel remains my favorite era of comics collecting in over 50 years of the hobby.

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  8. This was one of the best series of its time, and holds up remarkably well. A prime example of a book that sought, successfully, to redefine and expand what "comics" were capable of. The final graphic novel a few years later was also quite solid. Much love.

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  9. I was a kid so I thought this level of crazy storytelling was NORMAL. God Bless MacGregor & Russell.

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