Friday, August 17, 2018

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: The Weird Humor of Wayne Howard's Midnight Tales

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! The incredibly talented student of Wally Wood, Wayne Howard had a knack for drawing "weird humor" in the PLOP!-ish vein. He never contributed to that DC title, but at Charlton he used that side of his talent on covers for his own wonderful Midnight Tales comic. Here are some of Ol' Groove's favorite funny--and "punny"--covers from that fun series...

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Funny Stuff: "Dr. Deranged vs Deadpan!" by Thomas, Colan, and Grainger

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! Roy Thomas and Gene Colan (with inker Sam Grainger) brought us a doozy of a supernatural, super-hero parody in Not Brand Echh #13 (February 1969). Can ya believe..."Dr. Deranged vs. Deadpan!"? (And how 'bout that Spookter cameo?)

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Black and White Wednesday: Marvel-ous Original Art

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! Here's another round of stunning and sensational original art pages Ol' Groove has corralled from around the interwebs. This one focuses on Mighty Marvel and features work by some of the all-time greatest comicbook artists evAH!

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Decent Comics: "Operation Frame-Up!" by Mayer and Redondo

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! It's time for another episode of The Black Orchid! This first chapter of a two-parter, "Operation Frame-Up!" is from the back of Phantom Stranger #35 (November 1974). Nestor Redondo is back on the art, and writer/creator Sheldon Mayer returns to the typewriter...

Monday, August 13, 2018

Marvel-ous Monday: "Behind the Mask of Zo!" by Goodwin, Heck, and Shores

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Well, here we are! The final issue of the "green" era of Marvel's Captain Marvel--issue #16 (June 1969). If you haven't noticed, the most consistent thing about the early Captain Mar-Vell was that nothing was consistent! His motives changed, his powers changed, his mission changed, and even his costume changed a little (up to this point). Now, under the hands of author Archie Goodwin and artists Don Heck and Syd Shores, the whole magilla was getting wrapped up, and Marv would have a totally different look (and outlook, and powers, and mission...) by the end of "Behind the Mask of Zo!" Check it out...

Oh, and yeah, the radically different next ish. featuring the blue and red Marv by Roy Thomas, Gil Kane, and Dan Adkins can be found right here!


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