Monday, April 23, 2018

Thanos Week! Secret Origins: Thanos

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Well, this is it! The big week when Avengers: Infinity War hits the big screen here in the U.S. Young Groove had an extremely vivid and memorable dream one night waaaay back in 1973 in which The Avengers and tons of other Marvel super-heroes fought aliens out to destroy earth. I'm thinkin' this movie might be as close to that dream as I'll ever see! Of course, the big hoopla is gonna surround the flick's major villain Thanos, Jim Starlin's college creation. Thanos has become (since the 90s, especially) THE villain to bring the Marvel Universe together in comicbook battle, so is it any wonder Hollywood is using all those Infinity Gauntlet/War/etc. comics as their inspiration? The question some movie-goers might still be asking is the same question most of my family members asked me when we saw the after-credits scene in The Avengers (2012): Who is that purple guy?

Well, we all know he'll be similar-yet-very-different from his comicbook counterpart, but still, seeing the condensed version of our favorite Mad Titan's origin from the legendary Avengers Annual #7 (August 1977) might be at least of some help. Besides, any excuse to see some far-out Jim Starlin/Joe Rubinstein art is A-Okay here in Groove City, right?

And, yep, this was the first time Thanos tried to get all'a those Infinity Gems together for his own pernicious plans!

Be back tomorrow for the comicbook scenes Ol' Groove HOPES will be in Avengers: Infinity War!

Friday, April 20, 2018

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Jack Kirby's Fourth World

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! In Ol' Groove's eyes, Jack Kirby's Fourth World universe at DC in the early 1970s is one of the greatest comicbook creations ever. New Gods. Mister Miracle. Forever People. The return of The Guardian and The Newsboy Legion in Jimmy Olsen. Those comics were a huge part of my turn from comicbook reader to comicbook fanatic. Naturally, especially when you consider that King Kirby was inked by the likes of Vinnie Colletta, Mike Royer, Frank Giacoia, and Neal Adams (!), among others, the art was gonna rock and there would be a passel of spectacular covers. Today we're gonna dig on some'a those spectacular covers! These are some of my favorites! What are yours?

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Funny Stuff Two-Fer: "Now and Then" by Skeates and Cardy and "A Perfectly Crazy Crime" by Skeates and Aragones

Steve Skeates again, Groove-ophiles? Sure, why not? After all, Sir Steve is an old pal and one of the greatest writers of the Groovy Age (an award-winning fan-fave if there ever was one)! We've seen him this week with Jim Aparo on Aquaman, now let's look at some of his Plop!-ular "weird humor" tales with great artists like Nick Cardy and Sergio Aragones! From Plop! #4 (December 1973), here are "Now and Then" and "A Perfectly Crazy Crime!"

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Black and White Wednesday: "Taxing" by Gumen and Gamble

Remember the TV show Taxi, Groove-ophiles? Great show, funny and charming, with a stellar cast of folk; many of whom would become household names (Judd Hirsch, Danny DeVito, Christopher Lloyd, Andy Kaufman, to name some of the biggest). When Crazy Magazine #57 came out in October 1979, the show was just barely into its second season, but it was already popular enough for comicbook skewering! Here's Murad Gumen and Kent Gamble's take on the show, but it's really their parody that lives up to the name..."Taxing!"

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Decent Comics: "Underworld Reward!" by Skeates and Aparo!

Glub, glub, Groove-ophiles! Ya know, Ol' Groove can remember getting this comic way back in January 1969. Dear Ol' Dad brought it home from his trip to the local King Kwik, and man, did it stick with me. He got me the mag 'cause he knew I loved watching Aquaman and his pals on Saturday mornings. When I opened the mag, this wasn't at all like the cartoon, baby! Aquaman fighting gangsters? Whoa! And that Big Scary Monster Aqualad is preparing to fight on page 19? Double whoa! Naturally, I loved "Underworld Reward!" Still do!
Cover art by Nick Cardy


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