Showing posts with label supernatural comics. Show all posts
Showing posts with label supernatural comics. Show all posts

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Bring on the Back-ups: "The Devil Rides for Vengeance!" by Kanigher, Weiss, and Giordano

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Today's bodacious back-up featurette marks the dazzling color comics debut of awesome Alan Weiss! "The Devil Rides for Vengeance" from All-Star Western #5 (February 1971) was written by El Diablo co-creator Robert Kanigher and finished/inked by Dick Giordano. Are ya ready ta slap leather, pilgrim?

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!"

Monday, August 8, 2011

Bring on the Back-ups: "Satan with Spurs!" by Kanigher and Morrow

DC's upcoming revival of All-Star Western has Ol' Groove hoping that we'll finally get to see some new El Diablo strips backing up Jonah Hex. Time will tell, but time has already given us some truly far-out El Diablo back-ups like "Satan with Spurs!" from All-Star Western #4 (November 1970) by his co-creators Robert Kanigher and Gray Morrow. ¿Lo puede cavar?

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

If You Blinked You Missed: Strange Sports Stories

Sorry about the tardiness of this post, Groove-ophiles. While it was written ahead of time and scheduled to go live at 12:02, as usual, Blogger is having some kind of issues with scheduling, so I had to publish it manually. Hopefully they'll get on the ball and get things fixed. Until then, we'll hope for the best. Onward!

One of the late, great DC editor Julie Schwartz's pet projects was Strange Sports Stories. Beginning with Brave and the Bold #45 in late 1962 and through0ut the Silver Age, any time Schwartz got the chance to showcase his fun hybrid of sports, supernatural, and sci-fi, he did it. Finally, in June, 1973, Julie's brain-child got a shot at headlining it's own title. Strange Sports Stories ran for only six short issues, but it was a cool experiment, and every issue was a fun romp, with work by faves like Frank Robbins, Curt Swan, Dick Giordano, Irv Novick, Martin Pasko, John Rosenberger, Elliot S! Maggin, Denny O'Neil, Murphy Anderson, and Nick Cardy. DC should definitely collect these babies in a trade paperback. Until then, Ol' Groove'll share some of his faves with ya from time to time, like this one from the first ish. Here's "To Beat the Devil!" by Frank Robbins, Curt Swan, and Dick Giordano!

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Still More (Really) Weird Heroes: El Diablo

AYO-AY-HU-AYYY-AYNOHEEE-AYONAY-HUHHKAYAYYY... — A fiery horse with the speed of light, a cloud of dust and a hearty AYO-AY-HU-AYYY-AYNOHEEE-AYONAY-HUHHKAYAYYY … El Diablo!
With his faithful Indian shaman, Wise Owl, the daring and resourceful masked rider of the plains led the fight for law and order in Puerta del Sol, California. Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear. El Diablo rides again as we see what the Old West has in store for the latest installment of...
Created by Robert Kanigher and Gray Morrow for All-Star Western #2 (July, 1970), El Diablo was (visually, at least) DC's answer to Zorro. Besides our hero taking the name El Diablo, which means "The Devil", he's a charter member of the Pantheon of the Weird because he's actually a comatose bank teller who is magically brought to consciousness by a shaman. During the Groovy Age, El Diablo didn't have any supernatural powers, but his stories had an air of creepiness about them that set it apart from DC's usual Western fare. Another unusual twist (especially for a DC comic) was that El Diablo's debut in All-Star Western #2 didn't give us our hero's origin. That came in All-Star Western #3 (September, 1970). And you, you lucky diablo, get to read that fateful origin right here, right now! Take it away, Bob and Gray!


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