Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Decent Comics: "Grimstone Quest" by Michelinie and Chan

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Time for some wild and woolly sword and sorcery action with DC's Claw the Unconquered! With Claw #5 (October 1975), Ernie Chan (then going by the name of Chua) returns to the inking chores--which, to moi, was natural since Kid Groove knew him best as an inker. "The Grimstone Quest" is a fun story with lots of action. Claw and his sidekick Ghilkyn start off battling a many-limbed cyclops, meet up and make a deal with a wizard, invade the realm of a stone "god" called "Oracle" (who comes complete with a beautiful but strange maiden and it's own pet lobster-like monster), defeat Oracle, and leave with a (fitting) twist-ending involving the wizard. All done in 18 pages for a quarter. Oh, how I love the Groovy Age!


  1. I remember Claw, but never purchased it. Seemed like another Conan knock-off (remember Wulf the Barbarian at Atlas Comics that same year?).

    I also wasn't keen on the horizontal banner at the top of DC covers at that time. It appeared they were trying for a similar look to Marvel. So glad current DC titles have reverted to the classic company logo of the early '70s (though I don't read any of today's titles).

    Chris A.

    1. The first 2 issues of Wulf were fantastic. But like everything else at Atlas, fell apart after that.



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