Monday, February 2, 2015

Metal Monday: "The Chemo Conspiracy" by Conway and Simonson

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! We're back with more of the 1976 Metal Men revival! Thanks to info from Groove-ophiles in-the-know (thanx Russ and Jeff), we learned that MM #45 was a proposal that collected dust 'til publisher Carmine Infantino wisely gave it a shot. It did well, he ordered up a series and viola! The Metal Men were back! Steve Gerber was busy back at Marvel (something about a duck?), so editor Gerry Conway took over the scripting chores for MM #46 (March 1976). Everyone was really stoked that Uncle Walt Simonson was still available to pencil/ink (and even letter) ish 46! And they were bringing back Chemo! I can dig it! Can you dig it?

Didja catch the "PLOP!" on page 15? Don'tcha just luvvit?


  1. Wow, Groove, the hits just keep on coming!
    This revived series in the 1970s has my favorite Metal Men stories - yep, that's right, I like 'em better than the classic Kanigher/Andru stuff from the 1960s. And the art was top-notch: first Simonson, followed by Joe Staton, who didn't miss a beat.

  2. Thank you,Mr Groove,for sharing!
    Mr Simonson is dy-no-mite!
    /Mr Anonymous
    p.s.Yes! I dig it!

  3. Thanks for the Metal Men (and Girl), I didn't know this series, but yes, I dig it!
    Those were the days, those were the robots! And at last, one comic with some lines in a correct Italian.
    I was a big Marvel fan in the 70's. Loved to see that gun - totin' Deathlok cover again here in your archives. Deathlok was called "Cybernus" in Italy. Nice name, don't you think? Love also the "plop" hint: the series looks quite comedic, though the MM keep on dying.

  4. I've always loved this issue! Especially the bit with the old guy pounding on the gem with a hammer.

  5. I really prefer Steve Gerber's writing the issue before (maybe because he is a way-better wordsmith than Gerry Conway), and most of Conway's stuff bores me, but this is loose, funny, silly Conway and it's pretty darn fine right next to Simonson's great art. - Jeff Clem



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