Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Black and White Wednesday: The Power of Pat Broderick

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! One of the unsung heroes of the Groovy Age is one Mr. Pat Broderick. His cool, unique style made him one of Teen Groove's favorite artists. He did so many great comics, starting as an apprentice at Neal Adams and Dick Giordano's Continuity Studios and doing contents pages and filler images for DC's 100 page comics. He made a splash with the fledgling Atlas/Seaboard drawing the Dark Avenger back-up in Phoenix #3 (which you can read right here) and, of course, Planet of Vampires #1 (and yes, you can read that one here) and 2 (you guessed it! Right here). From there he went to Marvel and did a couple Marvel Premiere issues of Iron Fist, a variety of kung fu strips (in both Master of Kung Fu and Deadly Hands of Kung Fu), then finished out the 70s knocking us dead with his cosmic work on Captain Marvel and Micronauts. He'd go on to wow us even more throughout the 80s and 90s on mags like Fury of Firestorm, Legion of Super-Heroes, Detective Comics, Captain Atom, Doom 2099, and many more. So why is he an "unsung hero"? Because he's one of the many, still-vital, still uber-talented creators still going strong--but mostly ignored by fandom and the larger comics companies. It's a shame that he's not still a super-star, but Mr. Broderick just keeps on truckin', putting out awesome commissions and comics like his self-published Niburu (which you really should check out)! Meantime, dig these in-freakin'-credible Groovy Age masterpieces!




























2 comments:

  1. Oh, yeah. The first Capt. Marvel stories I ever read were drawn by Broderick, right at the tail end of his solo series and then those stories in the revived Marvel Spotlight. I definitely agree that he should have superstar status, and it's really a shame, and completely unbelievable, that none of the bigger companies seem interested in his work.

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  2. I saw the original artwork for the splash page of Fury of Firestorm #1 in Comics Scene magazine. It blew me away and I got every issue until Broderick left the book. His pencils were so tight, they almost didn't need an inker. Great post Groove !

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