Friday, January 3, 2020

Welcome to the brand new, 2020 model Diversions of the Groovy Kind! Ol' Groove hopes you dig the new weekly format! Onward, Groove-ophiles!


Hey, Kids! Comics from 50 Years Ago! 

January 1, 1970













 

Groovy Age Splash Page of the Week

Superman Vs. Spider-Man #1 (January 1976). Art by Ross Andru and Dick Giordano (with Terry Austin)

Groovy Age Spotlight On...
The Iron Fist of John Byrne!
One of Young Groove's favorite mid-70s mags was Iron Fist. Before they went on to super-stardom on X-Men, scripter Chris Claremont and penciler John Byrne knocked my socks off with their marvel-ous combo of soap opera, super-heroics, and kung-fu action. Looking back, it's STILL one of Ol' Groove's fave Groovy Age mags, and Mr. Byrne's fun, funky, and energetic art is definitely one of the main reasons! Check out these brilliant pieces of original art found scattered hither and yon round about the interwebs...


IF #12, inks by Dan Adkins
IF #6, inks by Frank Chiaramonte

IF #6, inks by Frank Chiaramonte

IF #9, inks by Frank Chiaramonte

IF #11, inks by Dan Adkins

IF #11, inks by Dan Adkins
Inks by Terry Austin

And best of all, here's the UNUSED BYRNE COVER for IF  #11!


That's all for this week, Groove-ophiles! Let us know what you think about the new, weekly Diversions of the Groovy Kind in the comments! And please be sure to keep checking for new updates for the new Diversions comic mag coming in early 2020! Ol' Groove's hoping you're gonna dig it the most! See ya next weekend! Pax, baby!

15 comments:

  1. What a great update! Love and looking forward to the weekly format!

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  2. Thanks, Craig! Glad you dig the new DotGK! And thanks, especially, for sharing the love here in Ye Olde Comments section!

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  3. I agree. I like the new format. Glad to have you back!

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    1. It's good to be back! Glad you dig the new format and thanks so much for commenting!

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  4. YOU ARE BACK!

    Already ... cause for celebration this 2020.

    I check regularly, just to see if you've changed your mind. How delighted I am to see you here!

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    1. Yeah, well, I'd never intended to stay gone forever, just working on other projects. Now I've gotten things kind of balanced out, and I THINK I can keep the new comics and the blog rolling simultaneously. At least I'm gonna try! Thanks for the welcome back, Bob!

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  5. Digging the new format. Looking at the covers of all those books, I see a few Charlton titles, that, sadly, never made it to the racks in my home burg back in the day.

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    1. Another vote in favor of the new format! Thanks, hobbyfan! Yeah, I guess it depended on where you lived when it came to being able to find those Charltons. I grew up in Southern Ohio and Southeastern Kentucky where Charltons were plentiful.

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  6. That Charlton I Love You romance comic has a *very* similar logo, right down to the surrounding oval shape, to Marvel's Our Love Story. I wonder which one came first?

    Regards,

    Chris A.

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  7. Marvel's Our Love Story #1 went on sale July 22, 1969; the oval shape around the I Love You logo showed up with issue 79, which went on sale April 1, 1969. I think Charlton's Teen-Age Love logo is an even closer match to the Our Love Story logo, and it started with T-AL #64, March 1, 1969. Marvel's Greatest Comics logo was also very similar and that logo hit the spinner racks July 22, 1969--and yep, t'was, indeed, the inspiration for my new Diversions of the Groovy Kind logo!

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    1. A lot of people credit Neal Adams with bringing a level of realism back to super-hero comics at DC in 1967 and he did, but Jay Scott Pike was already bringing that kind of realistic drawing to DC's romance comics at the same time, but most fans don't know that.

      Gene Poole

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  8. All the best for the new year, Groove - hope you have a good 2020.
    Mine is already looking better with you posting regularly again (have I got that right, weekly?)

    -sean

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  9. It's great to see Diversions up and running again!

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