Showing posts with label gullivar jones. Show all posts
Showing posts with label gullivar jones. Show all posts

Monday, August 19, 2013

Shades of Gray: "Two Worlds to Win!" by Effinger and Morrow

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Here at last is the final installment of Marvel's Gullivar Jones adaptation in Creatures on the Loose! Written by George Alec Effinger with art by (but of course!) Gray Morrow, "Two Worlds to Win!" was originally published in COTL #21 (October 1972). And just 'cause Ol' Groove loves ya, baby, I'm tossin' in Steranko's sensational cover aaaaand COTL #21's editorial with the lowdown on all the talent involved in bringing us Gully's color comicbook adventures! Who says this isn't the Groovy Age of goin' the extra mile?

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Shades of Gray: "What Price Victory?" by Effinger and Morrow

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! We're back with the penultimate chapter of Marvel's Gullivar Jones adaptation in the pages of Creatures on the Loose. Who'd've thunk that beneath that far-out Gil Kane cover lay the superior stylings of artist Gray Morrow? 'Tis true! Gray would draw the final two color GJ appearances in Creatures on the Loose: today's "What Price Victory?" from Creatures on the Loose #20 (August 1972) and ish 21's "Two Worlds to Win" (which Ol' Groove'll lay on ya in the near future!). As usual, our tale is written by sci-fi author George Alec Effinger. Just wait'll you dig the Flash Gordon vibe Gray Morrow gives ol' Gully!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Random Reads: "The Long Road to Nowhere!" by Effinger, Kane, Boring, and Mooney

Whaddya say, Groove-ophiles? Ya got a Jones for some Gullivar comix? Then you've come to the right place! Here's "The Long Road to Nowhere!" written by George Alec Effinger with art by Gil Kane (cover and splash), Wayne Boring, and Jim Mooney from Creatures on the Loose #19 (July 1972). Dig it!

Monday, April 29, 2013

Random Reads: "Wasteland--on a Weirdling World!" by Effinger, Conway, Andru, and Grainger

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! You wanted more Gullivar Jones, you get more Gullivar Jones! While original series' creative team, writer Roy Thomas and penciler Gil Kane, have moved on to other projects, Gil stuck around to produce another cool cover! Inside the pages of Creatures on the Loose #18 (April 1972) writers George Effinger and Gerry Conway team with artists Ross Andru and Sam Grainger to continue the adventures of Edwin L. Arnold's Warrior of Mars with lots of monsters, action, and even a history lesson (which Ol' Groove is sure editor Roy Thomas had a hand in--just check out the credits). Check it out, baby!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Far-Out Fantasy Week! If You Blinked You Missed: Gillivar Jones

Yeah, this one's been a long time coming, Groove-ophiles! Actually Gullivar Jones in Creatures on the Loose has been on my radar (and in my scan file) for almost as long as the Diversions has existed. Why? Well, for lots of reasons! To many scholars, Edwin L. Arnold's naval lieutenant on Mars may quite possibly be an inspiration for the great Edgar Rice Burroughs' John Carter of Mars, as his book, Lt. Gullivar Jones: His Vacation was published seven years before Burroughs' Barsoonians saw the light of day, so that makes Gully interesting historically. Next comes the fact that the first two of Jones' adventures (though a mere ten pages each) were written and illustrated by my dream team of Roy Thomas and Gil Kane. Add to that the following issues were illustrated by such fab-a-mundo and diverse talents as Ross Andru, Wayne Boring, and Gray Morrow--well, you can figure out Ol' Groove's interest in G.J., now, can't you?

Marvel's adaptation of Gullivar Jones (aka Warrior of Mars) ran in Creatures on the Loose numbers 16-21 (December 1971-October 1972), with the threads picked up and completed later in Marvel's black and white mag, Monsters Unleashed in issues 4 and 8 (which, par for the crazy course for moi, I have already posted the story from MU #8 and you can read it here). The run was short but sweet, with George Alec Effinger writing most of the series (Roy only wrote issues 16-17) and Tony Isabella writing the two b&w tales (tales which sported art by George Perez, Rich Buckler, and Dave Cockrum). Yeah, Gully seemed to have it all. Pedigree. Awesome creative teams. A blend of sci-fi and sword and sorcery. It had everything it needed--except readers. Man, sometimes no matter how good ya are, ya just can't win!

But we don't wanna end on a down note! Big hearted Groove has got both of Roy and Gil's G.J. efforts ready and rarin' for ya to read! Here come "Warrior of Mars" (with inks by Bill Everett) and "River of the Dead!" (inked by Sam Grainger). Who loves ya, baby?


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