Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Black and White Wednesday: Original Our Pal Sal

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Ol' Groove has travelled across the length and breadth of the Internet (okay, so I went through several pages on Google) to bring you some scintillating Sal Buscema original art. Avengers! Defenders! Marvel Team-Up! Captain America! The Hulk! Can you dig it?

I knew you could!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Decent Comics: "Injustice Strikes Twice!" by Levitz, Staton, and Layton

Welcome back, Groove-ophiles! Time for another ish of DC's All Star Comics revival (issue 66, February 1977), and this one is a bit different from what has gone before! With "Injustice Strikes Twice!" not only does the JSA get an amazing new art team in Joe Staton and Bob Layton, but the Justice Society of America reclaims full billing of ASC! On top of that, Paul Levitz is now totally in control of the future of the JSA, planting seeds for future storylines (dig that cameo of a certain Gotham commissioner NOT named Gordon) and just really coming into his own as a writer. And it don't hoit none that we get to see the JSA take on a new incarnation of the InJustice Society! Are ya ready? Here we go!
Cover art by Rich Buckler and Jack Abel

Monday, August 29, 2016

Marvel-ous Mondays: "From the Shadows...Stara Kan!" by Wolfman, Kane, and Nebres

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! It's Monday, so let's make it especially Marvel-ous by taking a look back at Marv Wolfman and Gil Kane's John Carter, Warlord of Mars series from Marvel! We're starting with the second issue, cause the first ish is right here, and it's a doozie! All the pulp-ish adventure, swashbuckling action, and political intrigue you'd expect from a really good Edgar Rice Burroughs novel--but filtered through Marv Wolfman's more hip sensibilities, and coupled with the awesome artistry of Gil Kane! Dejah Thoris! White Apes! An eeeeeevil villain! The only thing "From the Shadows...Stara Kan!" was missing was more Dave Cockrum interior inks (Dave did ink the cover and had inked ish #1); however, one can't be too disappointed with the incredible inks of Rudy Nebres, who definitely gives the comic a truly otherworldly feel. Whaddya say we go back to April 1977 and take a look...?

Special thanks to Surerik for the superior scans!

Friday, August 26, 2016

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Groovy August Debuts

Happy Birthday to Groove! Yeah, baby, Ol' Groove has now spent 53 years 'pon this spinning globe we call Earth--and I've spent most of 'em reading comicbooks! Not counting my own debut (I debuted pre-Groovy Age, don'tcha know), August was also quite kind to the world of comics--especially during the Groovy Age! So to celebrate moi, we're gonna celebrate a dozen-and-a-half magnificent comicbook milestones. Nope, they're not all first issues, but they're all first somethings! Do you know/can you guess/can you figure out why all the non-first issues were included in this pulse-pounding post? Share your knowledge and/or theories in the comments section--then have a slice of cake on Ol' Groove!


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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!