Friday, July 20, 2018

Groovin' Back In the Summertime: July 1971

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! The Summer of 1971 is the summer that changed Young Groove from a reader to a fanatic! I was 7, and movies, music, and TV shows (well, except Saturday Morning Cartoons, Batman, Prince Planet, and the Marvel Super-Heroes) didn't rule my world. Nope, the dam broke in 1971, baby! Dear Ol' Mom got her own car, which meant more trips to King Kwik and other places that sold comics! The biggest deal was a little store that sold "three packs" of comics--you know, those "unsold" comics that the stores had to return either the covers or logos from the covers to the distributor for credit? Yep, Li'l Groove's stash of comics grew like Clint Barton downing a dose of Hank Pym's "giant juice!" Below are the classics I remember getting that sensational summer (coverless or not). Pretty nice, huh? If you wanna see all the covers of the cool comics that came out in July 1971, just follow this link to the ever wonderful Mike's Amazing World of Comics Newsstand!

SPECIAL NOTE! Next Week, the Diversions turns TEN YEARS OLD! Yep, we're gonna celebrate a Decade of the Diversions with a special "Best of" week of  "reprint" posts, then (since the actually anniversary is on a Saturday) follow up with a brand-new, special 10th anniversary post! Enjoy!!

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Random Reads: "Primate Patrol" by Kashdan, Landgraf, and Simons

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! Is it any wonder that during the Groovy Age, DC's line of war mags were among their best sellers? I mean, editors like Paul Levitz knew how to get four dimes out of our pockets with the ease of a practiced pickpocket! A Jim Starlin cover featuring armed gorillas dressed in tattered Nazi uniforms? Take my money, DC! George Kashdan's story is kinda cool, too, with it's sci-fi, Planet of the Apes inspired plot (did the folks behind the new POTA flicks read this comic? Hmmm?), but it's the art on "Primate Patrol" that Ol' Groove really digs. Yers trooly always thought that Ken Landgraf and Dave Simons (together or separately) were excellent artists with style that really appealed to me. After you get finished staring at the captivating Jim Starlin cover, flip it back and enjoy this treat from Weird War Tales #89 (April 1980)!

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Black and White Wednesday: "The Tiara of Dagon!" by Jacobson and Maroto

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! Here's one of those spooky "bad guy gets his just desserts" type tales that the folks at Warren always did so well. From Vampirella #36 (July 1974), here's "The Tiara of Dagon!" written by John Jacobson and beautifully illustrated by Esteban Moroto!

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!


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