Monday, May 7, 2018

Marvel-ous Monday: "Twice Removed from Yesterday!" by Moench, Buckler, and Janson

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! With Astonishing Tales #31's (May 1975) "Twice Removed from Yesterday!" the Deathlok series is really starting to hit its stride. It looks great and seems to have found a direction. Unfortunately, most likely due to deadline pressures, the feature is a scant 10 pages, forcing a partial reprint/fill-in, but packing in a lot of story with its six-to-nine panel pages. Inker Klaus Janson is back, but it's scripter Doug Moench's final ish. Buckler's the real star here, though, with his plotting and innovative storytelling. And dig that Ed Hannigan/Bernie Wrightson cover!












5 comments:

  1. Groove Agent

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    Bill

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  2. I had this issue, acquired second or maybe fifth hand at a back issue shop in the 80's. Terrific stuff. Too bad Marble fumbled the ball with Deathlok since then.....

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  3. Can't say I missed Doug Moench on Deathlok; once Bill Mantlo was fully on board and they started doing full length stories consistently the book improved no end. Although it still didn't make any kind of sense!

    Seriously, what was going on? New York seemed to be empty apart from cannibals, the odd tank, and some military types and urban guerilla dudes; where were all the regular people? Had there been some apocalyptic event, or a war? Or maybe that's just what pre-gentrification New York was like...
    Help me out Groove!

    -sean

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  4. I remember the first time I saw Deathlok. My friend had a copy and I thought he looked so cool and different from all the other heroes. Imagining the 90s as a child in the 70s,good memories. Thanks for the post groove.

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  5. There are several art combinations that are always going to be seen as the best of the best: Kirby/Sinnott, Byrne/Austin, Colan/Palmer, Rogers/Austin, Adams/Palmer. Add to those names Buckler/Janson. Besides their dazzling interior work they produced many a great cover for Marvel during the Groovy Age. Soon we will be enjoying AT # 33 - 35 their singular best teamup.

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