Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The Diversions Turns 10 "Best of" Birthday Bash! Alex Nino In the House of Mystery

Happy anniversary, Groove-ophiles! This coming Saturday Marks 10 years since the Diversions hit the interwebs, so Ol' Groove thought we'd celebrate by looking back at some his favorite, but least viewed, posts from our first fateful year! We'll be back new and live next Monday with a special anniversary post. Until then, enjoy these "reprints" and rap with us about 'em!


Greetings, all you nightmarish nerds! Welcome back to...

I, Cain, am borrowing the Groovy Agent's blog--ABEL! You idiot! Tighten his gag before someone hears him!--er, as I was saying, I'm filling in (a grave) for the Groovester while he takes a dirtna--er, nap. All this blogging about Halloween has really worn him down. Don't worry, I'll have Gregory dig him up when I'm done. Hey, it could've been worse. He might've fallen into that horrible Eve's clutches and become the Groovy Goat or some stupid thing. Wouldn't that have been baaaaad?

Anyway, if you know anything at all about great comicbooks, you'll know that my House of Mystery was the most far-out of all the fiendish fear mags published during the Groovy Age. Ol' Groove mentioned (between screams and mouth fulls of dirt) something about Alex Nino being his favorite of all the artists I, ahem, imported from the Philippines, so I thought I'd do the kid a favor (besides having Gregory dig him back up later, that is) and post a classic story the uber-talented Mr. Nino illustrated from a John Albano script (From HOM #213, January, 1973). Enjoy! The Groovy One should be back tomorrow...unless Gregory's hungry when he digs him up...



9 comments:

  1. Of the big 3 Filipino artists during the Groovy Age: DeZuniga, Alcala and Nino, Alex Nino was my least favorite. Innovative with exciting layouts he was just a little too out there for my tastes. Apparently he did his own lettering, too, which was just as off center as his artwork. Still, I'm glad we had him to enjoy all during his heyday of the mystery mags. I think he is the only one left of Chan, Redondo, DeZuniga and Alcala.

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    1. Rudy Nebres, Rico Rival, & Danny Bulanadi are still with us, & were of that generation of Filipino artists who worked for DC & Marvel in the '70s.

      Regards,
      Chris A.

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    2. Good to know about Rudy Nebres. Bulanadi and Rival were minor talents and not in the same category of the gentlemen I mentioned.

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  2. It really is a shame we no longer have mags like House Of Mystery, House Of Secrets, Ghosts and Witching Hour.

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  3. I think my favourite Alex Nino story was an adaptation of Harlan Ellison's "Repent, Harlequin, Said the Tick Tock Man" for Warren in the '70s. Have that one, Groove?

    Regards,
    Chris A.

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    1. Wasn't that in Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction?

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    2. That was actually for Marvel in Unknown Worlds of Science Fiction #3. You are correct, it is a great adaptation.

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    3. Obviously I don't own it---hence the request to see it. Thanks for the correction. Now I know where to purchase it (I own the first two issues of the mag).

      Regards,
      Chris A.

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  4. Happy 10 Groove!
    Thanks for all the great posts. I've discovered a lot of great comics because of you site. Thank you

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