Showing posts with label steve skeates. Show all posts
Showing posts with label steve skeates. Show all posts

Friday, August 22, 2014

Making a Splash: The Hawk and The Dove

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! Way back in April 1968, DC allowed Steve Skeates, Steve Ditko, and Dick Giordano to spring one of the most way-out features ever upon fans of their Showcase mag. Inspired by the heated controversy (to put it mildly) caused by the Vietnam War and the increasing gulf of the Generation Gap, Steve, Steve, and Dick combined their awesome talents to give us The Hawk and The Dove. Hank Hall ,The Hawk, was, not surprisingly, a pro-war, might-makes-right scrapper. His brother, Don Hall, The Dove, was his opposite number; a strong-willed pacifist. Their father was a judge, whose job, thematically, is to try to teach the boys to balance their ideas--or at least to be tolerant of those with different moral and/or political leanings. What we got in Showcase #75 (and The Hawk and The Dove issues 1 [June 1968]-6 [April 1969]), besides two of the coolest costumes ever, was a controversial, original, and extremely cool pair of super-heroes. Skeates stayed on as writer through issue #4, while Ditko left the series with issue #2. The loss of Ditko's sublime pencils should have sounded the death-knell for H&D's mag, but DC hired Gil Kane to provide the art for our battling siblings--and Ol' Groove has gotta tell ya--Mr. Kane was especially right-on during this period! He took over scripting with issue five, then, another all-Gil issue, the series ended with ish six. Here are the splashes from those seven superb  issues...prepare to have your mind-blown, baby!














Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Groove's Faves: "A Likely Story" by Skeates and Aragones

Oh, the genius of Steve Skeates and Sergio Aragones! They put the "op" in Plop! and that's for sure! From Plop! #8 (August 1974) here is "A Likely Story" by Skeates and Aragones! Look out!







Thursday, January 23, 2014

Masters of Adventure Week! Shades of Gray: "The Cop Killer!" by Wolfman, Skeates, and Morrow

Short and Sweet Department: Today let's check out a superior Vigilante strip plotted by Marv Wolfman, scripted by Steve Skeates, and illustrated by Gray Morrow. With a pedigree like that, you just know "The Cop Killer!" from Adventure Comics #417 (January 1972) has gotta be pretty far-out!










Thursday, September 12, 2013

Amazed by Aparo: "The Feud" by Skeates and Aparo

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Today we're gonna gaze on some early Jim Aparo artwork from the back pages of Charlton's Hercules #1 (July 1967). Thane of Bagarth was written by Steve Skeates, set in the days of King Beowulf and read a whole lot like a companion strip to Prince Valiant. Skeates' stories were (as always) intriguing, and Aparo's art was a joy to behold. Check it out!









Man, wouldn't it have been cool to have seen JA take on Conan? Oh, the missed opportunities!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Groove's Faves: "The Banana Dolls" by Aragones with Skeates

Nobody but nobody knew how to spin a PLOP! tale like Sergio Aragones and Steve Skeates--and why not? They pretty much invented and defined the concept with "The Poster Plague". Irreverent, violent, sadistic, and fall-on-your-face funny. "The Banana Dolls" from PLOP! #13 (March 1975) was plotted and illustrated by Aragones with a script by Skeates. It's a twisted twist on an old trope, but it ain't tripe, baby!




Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Black and White Wednesday: "The Gnark Is Coming! The Gnark Is Coming!" by Skeates, Ditko, and Wood

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Here's a mini-masterpiece of maniacal and macabre mischief by the super-team of Steve Skeates, Steve Ditko, and Wally Wood called "The Gnark Is Coming! The Gnark Is Coming!" This one was intended for an ish of Plop! but only saw the light of day (as far as I can discern) in Amazing World of DC Comics #13 (October 1976). Why would a story with such pedigree go unseen by only the most hardcore of DC fandom? Inquiring minds would like to know!




Thursday, January 3, 2013

Oh, Alfredo: "The Devil and the Dead!" by Skeates and Alcala

Here's the final El Diablo solo tale of the Groovy Age, and what a way to go out! Script by Steve Skeates and incredible art by Alfredo Alcala. From Weird Western Tales #32 (October 1975) here's "The Devil and the Dead!"






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