Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Decent Comics: "Come the Revolution" by Skeates and Aparo

Social unrest! Politics! Intrigue! And at the time, Aquaman was best known as a Saturday Morning Cartoon Show! Leave it to Steve Skeates and Jim Aparo to take The King of the Seven Seas to the next level and blow our collective minds! From Aquaman #47 (July 1969), and with the spotlight turned on Aquagirl, here's "Come the Revolution!"
Cover art by Nick Cardy

Monday, July 16, 2018

Marvel-ous Monday: "Reflections In a Crimson Eye!" by Mantlo, Buckler, and Janson

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Ol' Groove has gotta say that Bill Manlo, Rich Buckler, and Klaus Janson knocked outta the stratosphere with Astonishing Tales #33 (October 1975) and "Reflections In a Crimson Eye!" It's one of Ol' Groove's favorite Deathlok sagas and one of my favorite comics ever! Mantlo and Buckler just meshed so well on this story. Buckler's exciting, experimental, exquisitely cinematic layouts and storytelling is astounding here, and Mantlo definitely came out from under that "Stan Lee lite" shadow with his thoughtful and thought-provoking prose. Buckler and Janson meshed extremely well, too. Their uses of reflections, shadows, black gutters between the panels, and detail makes this mag live up to its name (Astonishing, Irving! Sheesh!). Deathlok issues like this are why I rank Deathlok with other 1970s icons like Killraven, Adam Warlock, Manhunter, Swamp Thing, Black Panther, Jonah Hex, Unknown Soldier, and Shang-Chi. For Young Groove (and Ol' Groove, still), these comics were what the Groovy Age was all about! I don't know why I'm gushing here--you just wanna see the comic, don'tcha? Well, here ya go!

Friday, July 13, 2018

Steve Ditko's The Creeper--Covers and Splashes from the Groovy Age

As we are still recovering from the news of Steve Ditko's passing, why don't we remember his legacy by enjoying the covers and splashes featuring one of his most memorable and enduring creations, The Creeper. Ol' Groove thinks Jack Ryder's eccentric super-heroic other self might've been one of Ditko's favorite characters, since, in a rare move, Mr. Ditko returned to The Creeper not once, but twice (1975 in 1st Issue Special and 1977 in World's Finest Comics). And since the covers and splashes Ditko provided for The Creeper were so gorgeous, Ol' Groove couldn't bear to split them up, so here they are in all their glory (including the Creeper cover and splash intended for a 1978 issue of Showcase, courtesy Cancelled Comics Cavalcade #2).

Beware The Creeper #6
Layouts by Carmine Infantino, Pencils by Ditko, Inks by Al Milgrom

World's Finest #249

World's Finest #250

World's Finest #251

World's Finest #252

World's Finest #253

World's Finest #254

World's Finest #255

From Cancelled Comics Cavalcade #2
From Cancelled Comics Cavalcade #2


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