Monday, March 31, 2014

Secret Origins: The Origin of Nova--Spidey Super Stories Style

In Spidey Super Stories #41 (April 1979), the team of Mary A. Mintzer, Linda Karas, Michael Siporin, Win Mortimer, Ric Villamonte, and Don Perlin adapted and simplified  Marv Wolfman, John Buscema, and Joe Sinnott's Origin of Nova (as originally seen in Nova #1). It's so close to the original it's scary! Check it out!

Friday, March 28, 2014

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Jim Aparo at Charlton

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Today, what'say we trip on back to, oh, about 1967-1970, when Jim Aparo was just taking the comicbook world by storm at Charlton Comics! Charlton's editors knew a good thing when they saw one, and they put JA on many covers--mystery, adventure, sci-fi, romance, western, race cars, even humor! And Jim could do it all--and quite magnificently! Have a heaping helping of Aparo/Charlton goodness and see if your day doesn't seem a lot brighter!

A big ol' "Thank you!" to Grand Comics Database for the suh-weet scans!

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Groovy Age Gold: "The Flying Horse Swindle!" by Samachson and Frazetta

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! How'd ya like to gaze 'pon the greatness of the Golden Age Frank Frazetta? Thought ya would! As luck would have it, "The Flying Horse Swindle!" (written by Joe Samachson) was reprinted in Adventure Comics #417 (February 1972)--Groovy Age Gold, fer sure!

For those with enquiring minds, this Shining Knight classic was originally presented in Adventure Comics #161 (February 1951)!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Black and White Wednesday: "The Chan Barbarians" by Ernie Chan

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! Ernie Chan, one of the main inkers on Conan the Barbarian, one of the chief artists on Savage Sword of Conan and the Conan newspaper strip of the late 70s, created six smashing double-page spreads featuring Robert E. Howard's finest (plus one)--and Marvel was smart enough to publish 'em in Savage Sword of Conan #52 (April 1980)! And you, you lucky Groove-ophile, get to plant yer peepers on 'em right now!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

The Boys from Derby (Two-fer!): "The Metamorph" and "Escape from Vipon" by Pellowski and Boyette

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Over the past few years, we've looked back at all of Charlton's color Space: 1999 comics--except for the final ish, #7 (August 1976)--what's up with that? So today, Ol' Groove is gonna rectify that sitch by sharing both of Mike Pellowski and Pat Boyette's mini-epics from that fateful final ish, "The Metamorph" (which features the origin of Maya) and "Escape from Vipon"! Dig 'em!


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Special thanks to Mike's Amazing World of Comics and Grand Comics Database for being such fantastic resources for covers, dates, creator info, etc. Thou art treasures true!

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As for the rest of ya, the purpose of this blog is to (re)introduce you to the great comics of the 1970s. If you like what you see, do what I do--go to a comics shop, bookstore, e-Bay or whatever and BUY YOUR OWN!