Hey, Kids! Comics from 50 Years Ago!
March 15, 17, & 19, 1970
Groovy Age Splash Page of the Week
Question of the Week...
What Five Groovy Age Collections Would You Share With Your Non-Comics Reading Family Members to Get Them Into Reading Comics?
You know that Ol' Groove has always worked hard to make the Diversions a haven from The Real World of Right Now, but this is one of those rare times when I just wouldn't feel right not mentioning what's happening out there right now. With the worldwide coronavirus pandemic, the best-case scenario (and that's what we're hoping and praying for all of our pals and gals) is that we're stuck at home with our loved ones for a while. So, besides using common sense so we can stay safe and healthy (and practicing being kind to each other while we're out getting what we need to eat and stay healthy), it's likely that we're going to have to hang at home with our families for a while. Maybe we can share our favorite diversions with our families to help get our minds off the madness outside our doors for a while? That's our hope with today's post, and we hope y'all take it in that spirit.
Now, we denizens of Groove City have our comics, so boredom as we safely sequester shouldn't be a problem. But what about when boredom sets in...for them? You know, those family members who still don't get how cool comicbooks are? What if they start nagging us about why we still read those... funnybooks? Instead of berating them for their misguided concerns, we should use the opportunity to educate them--and, mayhap, to convert them to the cause of comicdom! Which leads us to the question of the week: If you could choose only five collections of Groovy Age comics to show said family member(s) why they should be reading comics, which five would you choose to help you recruit them into the ranks of Groovy Age comicdom assembled? And why those particular collections? (I'm choosing collections over single issues, 'cause, let's be realistic...we have to walk before we can run, Groove-ophiles!)
Here are my top choices, in no particular order:
Steve Englehart, Sal Buscema, and friends gave us the Marvel Universe version of Watergate. In true Marvel style, though, we got plenty of action, super-villains, and super-heroic guest stars (including the X-Men, Nick Fury, Black Panther, the Avengers, Hawkeye, and I probably forgot someone...). I don't talk politics here on Diversions, but I know a lot of folks who dig the intrigue. If the non-comics fan in your fam is into that bag, then this Cap saga should really turn them on! (And if they groove to it, get 'em Captain America: Hero or Hoax The Epic Collection!)
scripts were crisp and loaded with character bits (and ladled with just the right amount of puns), his plots imaginative, and just complex enough to allow us to enjoy the underlying silliness without it being farce. Staton's art was joyous, filled to the brim with action, power, and some of the funniest sight-gags ever. If E-Man had been a comic strip it'd probably have lasted for decades!
It was a chore to narrow this list down (I wanted to add a bunch of Conan, Red Sonja, Jonah Hex, and Jim Starlin cosmic stuff, f'rinstance), but those are my five picks. What are yours? Please share your choices in the comments section! Stay well, and Pax!