Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Decent Comics: "Panama Fattie" by Kirby and Royer

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! Here's part one of Jack Kirby's only two-part Losers story from Our Fighting Forces #157 (April 1975). "Panama Fattie" might not be the nicest name for a lady (and she'd tell you she's no lady!), but the Panama bar owner sure made for a memorable character. Lots of atmosphere and, of course, lots of action from Jack Kirby and Mike Royer make for one rip-roaring comic if ya ask Ol' Groove!

(And for you completists out there, here's Ol' Groove's post on Our Fighting Forces #156 from 11/11/09!)

Monday, January 30, 2017

Marvel-ous Monday: "Out of the Holocaust--a Hero!" by Thomas, Colan, and Colletta

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Today we're gonna check out Marvel Super-Heroes #14--er Captain Marvel #1! Yep, "Out of the Holocaust--a Hero!" by Roy Thomas, Gene Colan, and Vinnie Colletta was intended to be the lead feature in MSH #14, but instead, the good Kree captain was promoted to his own mag, so the story wound up there in February 1968. Way to go, Marv! This mag is especially special (!) to Ol' Groove since it's the very first comic I ever ordered from one of the back-issue sellers that advertised in Marvel Comics back in the Groovy Age. Wish I could say I remembered which one it was, though. Yep, I took 10 bucks I got for my birthday and sent away for the first two issues of CM (ish #1 was five bucks, ish #2 was $2.50, so I had change left even after postage). My folks thought I was nutso, but it was my money, and I was a happy 12 year old when the mailman delivered those babies! Hope you dig looking back at this classic!

Friday, January 27, 2017

Making a Splash: Happy 81st Birthday (Plus a Day) to Our Pal Sal

Yep, yesterday was Our Pal Sal's birthday, but Ol' Groove waited 'til today so I could tie my Sal tribute into our semi-regular Friday feature, Making a Splash. Sal Buscema was Young Groove's first favorite Marvel artist. His Avengers hooked me for life, his Captain America pulled me into the Marvel-ous depths, his Defenders bowled me over, and his Hulk kept me hanging on well into the 1980s. So-called "super-star" artists came and went (and still come and go), but Sal was a rock--and did he ever rock! His style WAS Marvel to me during the Groovy Age. Still is. Of course, you know Ol' Groove's gonna back all'a this up with several stunning and sensational splashes...

 Sal was so fast and prolific, you never knew where his awesome artistry would pop up...

Happy Birthday, Sal! Groove City loves ya, baby!


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