Friday, March 25, 2016

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Batman v Superman--Groovy Age Style

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Well, Ol' Groove supposes that by now you've heard the news about some kinda super-hero flick coming out today. Something about some Bat-Guy fighting a Super-Guy? Yeah, ya know yers trooly is kidding and is gonna be in the front of the line to see it today! Batman and Superman were long-time pals (you could'a even called 'em "Super-Friends" if you'd the notion) during the Groovy Age. Or were they? Check out these World's Finest covers (the mag that Supes and Bats shared for many decades) and (if ya didn't know it already) and you'll learn that these two Justice League chums were fighting it out long before Frank Miller had 'em duke it out in 1986's The Dark Knight Returns!

Neal Adams, Curt Swan, Jim Aparo, and more! This is the good stuff, Groove-ophiles! Don'tcha jest luvvit?


  1. I remember issues 186 and 187 almost making me drool in anticipation pulling them off the rack, in a perfect world comics would still have that "Oh man, I HAVE to buy this!" feel to them. Those covers were so important in grabbing you, seems a lost art now.

  2. Ha! I literally opened my copy of the last one this morning! Is that Nick Cardy on the first one? And get a load of the issue numbers. It's like every 2-3 issues, one guy was framing the other one.

    Lastly, Jim Aparo doing Supes. That wasn't too frequent, IIRC.

  3. Man, I loved it when World's Finest was a dollar comic...

  4. Whilst in Marvel's covers its villains were typically threatening the entire universe and its heroes were always trying to avoid being murdered, DC were have great fun dreaming up the weirdest, most impossible situations in which to place it's heroes. Consequently the covers always required the characters to explain to each what they were doing there which made them seem even weirder. Now covers are just posters; nothing to do with stories or fun. Perhaps it's because kids don't read comics anymore and the remaining adult readers wouldn't believe Spider-man was going to die or Batman was secret leader of the mafia anymore. Sad.

  5. Of course I adored the Neal Adams covers.



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