Friday, February 24, 2017

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Al Milgrom Made Me Buy These!

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Al Milgrom was not only a crackerjack inker, penciler, and editor, he was also a most excellent cover artist, to boot. Editors sure liked him, 'cause he was among a mere handful of artists who did covers for both Marvel and DC simultaneously during the Groovy Age. Didja realize Editori-Al penciled (and often inked) these oh-so-noteworthy covers...?




Dave Cockrum lay-outs








12 comments:

  1. Al Milgrom made you buy Morlock 2001, Groove? You should hassle him for a refund;)...

    -sean

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    1. Nah, I loved that comic, sean. Now there was an ish or two of some early 80s Spectacular Spider-Man I wouldn't mind getting my money back on...

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    2. If I'd checked on the site before making that comment, I'd have seen it was one of Groove's Faves...
      Shows how much I know, eh?

      -sean

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    3. I also loved Morlock 2001, despite its heavily "borrowing" from Orwell's 1984. But it was plagued with the same things all the
      Atlas titles suffered from in their short life on the newstand: lack of focus, changing creative teams and spotty distribution.

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    4. It's cool, sean. ;D Somebody's gotta have discriminating taste around here--it sure ain't me!

      keythd23, you're right about "losing focus"--as sweet as that Ditko/Wrightson art was in the final ish, if there had been another ish, it would have been a totally different comic. I mean, they DID kill Morlock...

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  2. That is an awesome set of covers! It says something when someone can make a character as goofy as the Owl look menacing.

    By the way, Groove, because of your coverage of the Ka-Zar strip in Astonishing Tales, I picked the series up, and it is an absolute blast! Thanks for introducing me to so much awesome stuff!

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    1. Now that's the stuff I like to hear! Right on, Benton!

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  3. I think I bought half a dozen of those based solely on the covers.

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  4. I always loved Milgrom covers. I'm rereading the 1979-81 SHE-HULK series and Al inked a bunch of Mike Vosburg penciled covers that I'm sure helped buoy sales. I liked your calling him Editori-Al, which stirred up god memories of his one-page comic strips in MARVEL FANFARE and some direct sales titles. I wonder what he's up to these days.

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    1. He just seemed to disappear one day, didn't he?

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  5. I was never a big fan of Al Milgrom's covers. They always looked rushed, as if he churned them out in 5 minutes.

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    1. You could say that about a lot of cover artists. I did get that feeling about some of his 80s work, but these are pretty sweet imho. Dif'rent strokes n all...

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