Friday, June 22, 2018

Making a Splash: Colan and Palmer's (Dr.) Strange Days Part 2

Ol' Groove just finished watching Doctor Strange again on Netflix, and that reminded me that I'd never gotten around to the second round of the Gene Colan/Tom Palmer Doctor Strange splashes (see where Ol' Groove gets his ideas?). Remember we shared the early Groovy Age splashes back in this post? (A couple years really gets away from us here in Groove City, doesn't it?) Anywho, while Gene the Dean eventually came back to Doctor Strange's mid-70s solo mag, it took a few issues for inker Tom Palmer to join him there. There was ish #8 (March 1975), then the Sorcerer Supreme Team hung in together for issues 11-18 (September 1975-June 1976), before both left the mag. Their time together made for some (dare Ol' Groove say it?) magical splashes!

Yeah, Gene and Tom worked together extensively on Tomb of Dracula (and what classic work that was). And yeah, Gene would come back for yet another round during the late Groovy Age with other inkers--mainly Dan Green--but that's a future post, baby!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Oh, Alfredo: "The Man Who Waxed--and Waned!" by Fleisher, Carley, and Alcala

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Sometimes a comicbook writer will come up with an idea that is so good (or so chilling!) that they're compelled to use it again (with some variation, natch). One such creepy cool idea belonged to Michael Fleisher who used it in Forbidden Tales of the Dark Mansion #13 (July 1973) with master artist Alfredo Alcala AND (on the cover, at least) monster-master Mike Kaluta--a melting man! "The Man Who Waxed--and Waned" is definitely a spooky shocker, as you're about to see...

The idea of the melting man was such a good one, Fleisher used it again in the debut story of his legendary Spectre run  in Adventure Comics illoed (Adventure Comics #431, October 1973) by yet another artiste, Jim Aparo. Kinda cool, innit?

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Black and White Wednesday: "...The Narrative of Skut" by Hewetson and Collado

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! It's been a while since we shared a gangster-themed ghost story, hasn't it? (!) Here's one from Skywald's Psycho Magazine #17 (January 1974) "...The Narrative of Skut" by Archaic Al Hewetson and Luis Collado!

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Decent Comics: "The Explanation" by Skeates, Aparo, and Giacoia

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! It's the wrap-up of the "Aquaman vs. the Mob" mini-saga that's been running in the past couple issues of Aquaman. Thanks to Mera (and writer Steve Skeates and penciler Jim Aparo and guest-inker Frank Giacoia), we find out why Aquaman was where he was and why he was doing what he was doing (howzat for spoiler free?) in..."The Explanation!" And that explanation was found in Aquaman #46 (May 1969). Can you dig it?
Cover art by Nick Cardy


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