Friday, January 17, 2020

Images to Impel Your Imagination!

Hey, Kids! Comics from 50 Years Ago!

January 13 & 15, 1970

Groovy Age Splash Page of the Week
Scorpion #1 (November 1974)

Groovy Age Spotlight On...
Rudy Nebres!
Rudy Nebres (whose birthday is January 14) is one of the great Filipino artists brought to DC Comics during the Groovy Age by publisher Carmine Infantino and editor Joe Orlando to spruce up DC's artistic line-up. Nebres' wild storytelling and lush inks made him a favorite, leading to a long career spanning the pages of most every major U.S. comicbook publisher before he eventually left comics for commercial art and storyboarding. Here's Nebres' DC debut from House of Mystery #201 (November 1972)…"The Exterminator!" written by Michael Fleisher and Maxene Fabe!

See ya next week, Groove-ophiles! Pax!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Features to Fire Up Your Facilities for Fun!

Hey, Kids! Comics from 50 Years Ago!
January 6 & 8, 1970

Groovy Age Splash Page of the Week

Art by Jack Kirby and Mike Royer

Groovy Age Spotlight On...
Christopher Mills' Atomic Action Comics!
If you're like Ol' Groove, the above ad is a real grabber. We all miss comics made in the Groovy Age style. We long for the clean art, the fun storytelling, done-in-one stories that you could jump in on without having to search the Internet for a decade's worth of backstory before the mag you just bought could make any sense. Many an indie publisher promises and tries to do comics like they used to make 'em--but Christopher Mills and the Atomic Action gang have succeeded, baby!

Ol' Groove has purchased, read, and re-read all three of the Atomic Action mags that have been released so far (all pictured in the ad above) and I truly dig 'em, Groove-ophiles! They really do read like mags from the Groovy Age, the art really does look like art from the Groovy Age, the ads and editorial material really do give it all an authentic Groovy Age vibe! If the mags were on newsprint (an impossibility for small-press undertaking such as this, alas), you'd swear they came from the Groovy Age!

Mills' idea was pure, simple, genius: take PD characters from the Golden Age, create stories about them as if they'd been continuously published into the 1970s! THESE Atomic Action mags "are" the books that were published in the 70s!

Christopher Mills, a pro for 30 or so years has surrounded himself with other pros like Rick Burchett, Matt Webb, Peter Grau, Nik Poliwko, Joe Staton (!), and many others, to bring this dream project to life. Oh, and besides the three titles in the ad (Space Crusaders #'s 1-2 and Sleuth Comics #1--available RIGHT NOW at Indyplanet, by the way), Mills and company have several more titles and characters in the works as this pin-up by Rick Hoberg shows us...

Yep, besides Rex Dexter, Spacehawk, and The Owl, be on the lookout for "70s" updates of Crom the Barbarian, Cave Girl, Black Terror, The Heap, Miss Fury, and other Golden Age titans! For more info, get thee to Atomic Action Comics right now! And tell 'em Ol' Groove sent ya! See ya next week, Groove-ophiles! Pax!


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Special thanks to Mike's Amazing World of Comics and Grand Comics Database for being such fantastic resources for covers, dates, creator info, etc. Thou art treasures true!

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As for the rest of ya, the purpose of this blog is to (re)introduce you to the great comics of the 1970s. If you like what you see, do what I do--go to a comics shop, bookstore, e-Bay or whatever and BUY YOUR OWN!