Friday, January 1, 2021

Rocking in the New Year With the Partridge Family! (Or, Welcome, 2021! What Took You So Long?)

 Happy New Year, Groove-ophiles! I know the messes of 2020 didn't disappear like Cinderella's ballgown when the clock struck twelve, but at least we have a clean slate starting today! Let's enjoy--and make the most of--it! 

We're gonna celebrate here in Groove City with the comic that I nabbed right after it hit the spinner-racks on or about January 1, 1971... Charlton's The Partridge Family #1! (What? I was just a second grader then. Whaddya think, Li'l Groove was gonna snag a copy of Savage Tales #1?) 

In the dawning days of 1971, The Partridge Family had become Li'l Groove's favorite TV show. I dug the fun family, the cool clothes (well, to me, back then, they were!), and of course, the music! Charlton Comics was wise enough to get the comicbook rights to the show, and to put the talented Don Sherwood in the driver's seat of their four color tour bus, as well! Sherwood was great at likenesses and had a style that lent itself perfectly to translating our fave rock n roll family into funnybook form. Enough yappin' from moi, let's get our family rock party on with all the goodness that was The Partridge Family #1!

See ya next time, Groove-ophiles! May love and kindness guide us every day of this New Year!


  1. Groove, seeing the Partridge Family on here sure knocked me for a loop--but it was still awesome to see, I REMEMBER buying this comic but this is the first I've seen it in 50 years! I was in 4th grade, loved the show and the songs--in fact, around 15 years ago I bought all the Partridge Family albums on CD! Anyway, it's been a real trip discovering your page in 2020, I very much hope you have a Groovy New Year!

  2. I haven't checked Overstreet, but I'm sure this comic is valuable. How i wished I had picked up this title when it came out. Instead I was Making Mine Marvel and zombifying the spinner racks of my life with the House of Ideas.

  3. I had this one, too. Haven't thought about it in years. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Gotta say, I had a thing for young Susan Dey.
    Anyway, that Don Sherwood thing. Legend has it that Sherwood did nothing on Dan Flagg other than hiring ghosts: Writer, penciler, inker, etc. He himself did nothing else on the strip. This legend then served as the basis for a story in early issue of Creepy (or Eerie); Goodwin and Williamson, if I recollect correctly.
    So the question then is: How much of this work actually done by Sherwood?

    1. Doesn't matter because it is all photo tracing. Every panel.

    2. Yes, that was "Success Story" in Creepy #1 drawn by Al Williamson in 1964. Hilarious sendup of the Sherwood scandal!

    3. I remember buying an original art page a few years ago, of Sherwood's before I knew that he didn't really draw...when I got the page I was amazed that one of the panels looked like Williamson's work. I will never know if Al actually did that panel, but in my fantasyland mind he did and I have something by the artist whose work made me a comic collector back in 1966. So thanks to Don for that!

    4. Some of Sherwood's ghost artists on "Dan Flagg" were Al Williamson, Alden McWilliams, Gray Morrow, George Evans, and Doug Wildey (creator of Jonny Quest). They were all in top form in the '60s. You should scan your page and put it up on where experts will tell you who did what.

    5. Amazing suggestion! I shall attempt this!

    6. Frank Thorne was another artist who ghosted Dan Flagg.

    7. No wonder that I always liked "Sherwood's" was done by everybody else I like ! On another note, how the heck does someone scan in a large art page for Comicartfans? My scanner is somewhat on the small size. Would a high rez photo work? Or do I get something from the copy shop?

    8. Scan it in sections, and assemble it into a single image in Photoshop.

      Jack Sparling is another artist who worked on "Dan Flagg."



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