Monday, May 29, 2017

Marvel-ous Monday: "A Blast from the Past!" by Stern, Elias, and Mooney

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Omega the Unknown #8 (February 1977) was second of two infamous fill-in issues. Writer Roger Stern and Penciler Lee Elias don't seem to have gotten the memo about not making waves, continuity-wise, during their filler ish, as we get some new faces from Omega co-creator Gerber's cancelled Man-Thing mag. Perhaps Gerber and fellow writer/co-creator Mary Skrenes were at least in on what was going on, as this ish smoothly segues into next issue (with the return of Gerber and Skrenes at the typewriter). Regular artist Jim Mooney supplies the inks, by the way, keeping some continuity going for this fill-in.

What Ol' Grovoe really gets a kick out of is the appearance of Captain Marvel villain Nitro. Only in a classic Marvel mag would a villain show up to fight a hero in the wrong hero's mag! And Omega, being a hero (or whatever he was), was obliged to duke it out with our explosive bad-guy. Another irony (we didn't know about at the time) was the fact that Nitro was out to kill Mar-Vell--not knowing that their first battle back in Captain Marvel #34 was actually slowly killing our Kree Captain....
Cover art by Gil Kane and Frank Giacoia

Friday, May 26, 2017

Marvel-ous Mondays: "Confrontation!" by Wolfman, Kane, and the Tribe

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Due to Monday's post on the passing of Rich Buckler, Ol' Groove's moved our regular Monday post to Friday just this once. Thanks for your kind indulgence.

Here's the finale to Marv Wolfman and Gil Kane's "Air Pirates of Mars" saga from Marvel's John Carter Warlord of Mars #10 (December 1977). This one's inked by The Tribe, btw, but Kane's pencils shine and the inks are pretty consistent throughout. And dig Kane's inks on the cover!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

The Boys from Derby: "Ambia!" by Wayne Howard

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Let's check out this rare sword and sorcery offering from Charlton Comics! Leave it to Wayne Howard to give us a cool twist on the some fantasy tropes in his masterpiece, Midnight Tales! "Ambia!" first came our way in Midnight Tales #16 (October 1975)!

I'd like to see more of Ambia, m'self! Hey, Charlton Neo! How 'bout it?

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Black and White Wednesday: "Up the Nose-Tube to Monkey-Trash" by Moench and Ploog

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Another Planet of the Apes epic by Doug Moench and Mike Ploog! "Up the Nose-Tube to Monkey-Trash" (and you thought Moench's title from last month was a hoot!) from POTA #14 (September 1975) sports some absolutely gorgeous brush and wash work by Ploog! Enjoy!


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