Friday, January 31, 2020

Cool Stuff to Captivate Your Cranium!

Hey, Kids! Comics from 50 Years Ago! 
January 27 & 29, 1970













Groovy Age Splash Page of the Week

Art by Don Newton


Groovy Age Spotlight On...
Conan: Hour of the Dragon TPB

Can you dig it, Groove-ophiles? Marvel's Groovy Age adaptation of Robert E. Howard's Conan masterpiece Hour of the Dragon is now available in trade paperback form! That's right, the Roy Thomas/Gil Kane/John Buscema epic that spanned Giant-Size Conan issues 1-4, Savage Sword of Conan issues 8 and 10, and Conan Annuals 4-5 is all together between two cardstock covers at last! Evidently the b&w stories are going to be colorized, so that probably means the other issues will be re-colored; hopefully they'll stay true the original hues. Still and all, seeing this whole saga together in one place is something worth celebrating, Groove-ophiles! As of this writing (yep, Ol' Groove writes these posts way in advance) the book hasn't come out yet, but Ol' Groove is sure 'enuff lookin' forward to it! If you've a copy, sing out in the comments section and let us know what ya think of it! Meantime, here are the sensational splashes from the original issues...







'Til next week...Pax!

12 comments:

  1. I own Detective Comics #397. Great Neal Adams cover & Adams-Giordano art inside!

    Regards,

    Chris A.

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    1. It is a wonderful issue. The second Adams/O'Neil Batman collaboration, if I'm not mistaken!

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    2. That sounds right. I also own Detective Comics #395 with their first Batman collaboration, "The Secret of the Waiting Graves."

      I still think that Batman #244 was their finest hour & one of the highlights of 1970s comics (along with Wrightson's run on Swamp Thing).

      Regards,

      Chris A.

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  2. John Buscema and Gil Kane were prolific heavyweights. Their drawings were always solid and credible, even when rushed under a tight deadline. Top notch pros. A pleasure to see their Conan splashes!

    Gene Poole

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  3. The Hardy Boys comic is one case where it preceded the TV show by seven years!

    - Neil

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    1. The cartoon series (on which this particular comic was based) should have been a warning to us all! :D

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  4. Besides a fine Neal Adams cover, House of Secrets #85 has a 12 page fantasy story pencilled by Gil Kane & inked by Adams. I don't recall ever seeing them work together on anything else. My favourite inker on Gil was probably John Romita Sr. when they worked on the Amazing Spider-Man that same year (1970) & occasionally afterwards.

    Regards,

    Chris A.

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    1. "Second Choice" written by Gerry Conway. Fun little chiller!

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  5. I just love DC comics covers from this era, covers like Action 386 just make you want to know what's going on in the story . I've been looking for that Adam's House of Secrets comic for a few years just live it. I seem to re all Adam's and Kane work on a Conan tale (Adam's inking) Chris.

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    1. Adams (along with Pablo Marcos, Vinnie Colletta, and Frank McLaughlin) did ink Kane on "Night of the Dark God" in Savage Tales #4. I posted the color version (from a Marvel Treasury Edition reprint) on August 13, 2015.

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    2. Good catch! I didn't recall that one.

      However, 99% of the time someone else was inking Neal Adams' pencils (except for covers), so it was interesting to see him ink someone else. I believe there's an early Rich Buckler job in House of Mystery that Neal inked. Otherwise, he would ink a figure here & there in the '70s when his Continuity Associates team inked under the guise of the Crusty Bunkers---usually in a last minute deadline rescue effort.

      Regards,

      Chris A.

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  6. Dan Decarlo named the Josie character after his wife back in 1963! I had no idea the concept predated the animated cartoon. Also interesting is that a young Cheryl Ladd provided the singing voice for Melody in the 1970-71 animated cartoon.

    - Neil

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