Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Black and White Wednesday: "The Casket of Hsien Hang!" by Skrenes and Gulacy

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Today's classic, "The Casket of Hsien Hang!" from Deadly Hands of Kung Fu #5 (August 1974) would have been just as at home in Savage Tales or Savage Sword of Conan as it was in DHOKF. It's a tale of high-adventure and horror written by the highly talented Mary Skrenes (co-creator/co-writer of Omega the Unknown, among other Groovy Age works) with fabamundo art by Paul Gulacy (inked by Duffy Vohland, graduate of FOOM). This ain't your run-of-the-mill martial arts bash-'em-up, baby. Check it out!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

The Boys from Derby: "The Obsessed" by Gill and Zeck

What it is, Groove-ophiles! It's been a little while since we dug some far-out Mike Zeck art--let's end that drought right now! Here's Mike's second published story--and it's a doozy! Written by the master, Joe Gill, get a load of "The Obsessed" from Ghost Manor #26 (August 1975)!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Making a Splash: King Kirby's Jimmy Olsen

What it is, Groove-ophiles! Yesterday was Jack "King" Kirby's birthday, and there's no way we're gonna let that special day pass by without paying tribute to the man who put so much of the groove in the Groovy Age! For this special occasion, Ol' Groove thought it might be cool to combine a hot topic--DC's upcoming reboot (DCnU)--with Kirby's Groovy Age reboot of Superman's Pal Jimmy Olsen! When the DC ads proclaimed "Kirby Is Coming!" few of us ever dreamed he'd make his DC debut on Jimmy Olsen--but he did. And like everything else he ever did, Jolly Jack hit the ground running with truck-loads of ideas and concepts that leaped from the four-color pages and smacked us upside our collective heads. The following superior splashes will give you naught but a taste of the magnificent madness we were digging when we read Jimmy Olsen's mag from issues 133-139 (June 1970-April 1971) and 141-148 (July 1971-January 1972). NOTE: These are only the single-page splashes--Ol' Groove's savin' the double page splashes for another day. Gotta keep ya hangin' on, baby! WARNING! This post gives a new definition to the term "graphics intensive"! Grab a sandwich while it loads!


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