Friday, February 22, 2013

Making a Splash: DC Comics 40 Years Ago this Month

Let's do the time-warp and head for the Sensational Seventies Spinner Rack to see what kinds of delights DC dished out waaaaaay back in February, 1973...

G.I. Combat #160

Lois Land #130

Our Army at War #256

Superboy #194

Tarzan #219

Witching Hour #30

 Some kind of variety goin' on there, huh, Groove-ophiles? And that's not counting the reprint and romance mags!


  1. There was a lot of varitey in subject matter as well as art styles. No wonder comics sold so much back then.

  2. Thank you,Mr Groove!
    A lot of Great Groovy Goodiness here!
    Mr Aparo,Mr Nino,Mr Wrightson,Mr DeZuniga
    and Mr Kubert and...
    /Mr Anonymous

  3. Thanks for the blast from the past.

    Not only did I own quite a few of these issues, I recognized most of the stories from reading the comics at the news stand (until I got the "message" this ain't a library, buy something or get out).

    Anyway, a great start to the day.

  4. Geez, all that Burroughs and Leiber, too!

  5. Looooooooooooooooowwwwwwww price point and ubiquitous availability, coupled with a formidable talent pool----yes, that's a winning formula for comics in the pre-internet, pre-cable television, groovy era! Wish it were so now.

    Soon there won't even be any STORES to buy comics in----everything will have to be purchased online---which means far, far fewer jobs, and most of humanity left in the dust to rot (until WW3 erupts---and it will).

  6. Man, some lacklustre stuff except for Kirby and Wrightson

    1. You're daft, mate! Kirby and Wrightson are brilliant, but look again at Kubert, Glanzman, Giordano, and Chaykin (inked by the Crusty Bunkers - including Neal Adams) and some of the stellar Filipino artists like Nestor and Frank Redondo, Alfredo Alcala, and E. R. Cruz. Lotsa talent here!

      Chris A.

  7. Wow, look at ALL the variety in talent and stories we've lost ever since they decided they wanted only superheroes from DC and Marvel. It's truly a shame. :(

    Thanks for this very fun look back at yesteryear! :)

  8. Wow! Was it 40 years ago? My biggest choice then was should I have peanut butter & jelly ...or fluff?
    I always like Batman illustrators in the 70's.

  9. I also forgot to mention the deceptively simple (but always solid) art of C. C. Beck on Captain Marvel, and THE great Filipino designer Alex Nino. What a style Nino had! Also working for DC in '73 was Alex Toth, one of the top five comics artists EVER. A master among masters.

    Chris A.



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