Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Feast 2019!

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! As Gomer Pyle would say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!" Ol' Groove is here to kick off your holiday cheer with a Thanksgiving Feast! (For those of y'all living outside the U.S. of A. enjoy a "Surprise!" for your Thursday!)

To start us off, here's the debut issue of Marvel's Mattel-toy-based Shogun Warriors comic from November 1978 by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe, and Dan Green!

Next, dig DC's revival of Plastic Man from November 1975! The PLOP!-ish talents of Steve Skeates and Ramona Fradon (with Teny Henson) were perfect for this off-the wall version of Plas and his pal Woozy Winks!

And how'z about a terrific Star Trek tale from Gold Key circa November 1978? One by Arnold Drake and Al McWilliams?
Cover art by Mel Crawford

Yeah, Ol' Groove thought you'd dig it!

But wait! For all you Black Friday shoppers, here's a real deal--a black and white masterpiece by Titanic Tom Sutton, daringly dropped in the back of Charlton's Ghostly Tales #113 (November 1974)!

Hope you enjoyed this year's feast, Groove-ophiles! Ol' Groove'll be back in 2020 with weekly posts right here on our beloved Diversions of the Groovy Kind blog...AND a brand new comic mag created in the spirit of the Groovy Age called (what else?) Diversions! Keep watching this page! 2020 is gonna be outtasite!


  1. thanks, Groove! Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. thanks for posting Shogun Warriors 1 in a very online friendly format for reading. back in the late 80s i had found that issue along with several other Shogun Warriors back issues in back issue discount bins. i never gave them a real thorough read back then but i still enjoyed them immensely as i did the toys.

  3. I love the old Shogun Warriors! Missed you Groove!

    1. Couldn't let a Thanksgiving go by without spending some time with my Groove-ophiles! Thanks for stopping by, Tom!

  4. Never a fan of the toy robot craze but I am a fan of Herb Trimpe. Never a superstar comic book artist he had something many of them: real, honest to goodness storytelling skills. More Trimpe, more Trimpe and again, more Trimpe.

  5. The line should have read: “Never a superstar comic book artist he had something many of them tend to lack: real, honest to goodness storytelling skills.”

  6. Coming a bit late to this Groove, but its good to see you back in action. And its always a pleasure to come across something new (to me) by the under-rated Tom Sutton, so thanks.

    Ok, apologies if this is a bit cheeky when you've just given us something to read, but if I asked politely do you think you could see your way to posting #6 of Kiby's 2001 if you plan to surprise us again at any point?
    (I loved that comic as a kid, and was really looking forward to reading it again after you did #5...)

    Thanksgiving is a bit of a mystery to me on the other side of the Atlantic, but I hope you had a good one, and enjoy the rest of the holiday season.


  7. Happy Holidays to you, too! Thanks for reprinting the appearance by Mlany Rdal. Quite a polymath!



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