Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Happy Halloween 2018!

Happy Halloween, Groove-ophiles! As usual, we've got all the comicbook goodies you're gonna need right here, so grab a bag of candy and enjoy!

Kicking things off light, here's our favorite kid ghost Spooky, with kind of a weird message from Harvey Comics to their fans (meta before meta was cool, baby)! Here's "Spooky Meets #1" from Spooky #121 (September 1970)…

Next we go waaaaaay back to the dawn of the Groovy Age, September 1967 for a classic creeper by the super-star team of Steve Skeates and Jim Aparo! From The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves #4 it's Case #333..."The Cat!"

Speaking of super-stars, how about Gerry Conway and Gray Morrow? Here's an early DC attempt at the Gothic Romance genre, done in sort of, what Ol' Groove calls, a "Prince Valiant" style--meaning there are no word or thought balloons. The script (dialogue and captions) is written in prose form sans word and thought balloons. It's different and kinda creepy! It's "Where Dead Men Walk!" from House of Secrets #89 (October 1970)!

And finally, it's not Halloween without a visit from the Lord of Darkness--Count Dracula! This one has a superior script by Doug Moench and awesome art by Paul Gulacy (with Mike Esposito on inks)! From Dracula Lives! #9 (September 1974), it's "Scarlet In Glory!"

Have a spook-tacular day, Groove-ophiles!


  1. That HoS tale was gorgeous to look at! The art had an almost cinematic feel to it. I even liked the coloring, muted for the most part but popping where needed for emphasis.
    I also thought that the prose writing style lent an 'old-time' air to the story, helping cement the setting in the distant past.
    Thanks for posting this one!
    Craig R.

    1. I had never before read this one, & it was a bit different from Gray Morrow's usual approach, perhaps influenced a bit by some of Toth's work for HoS at the time. I liked it.


  2. Nothing to do with the stories you've shown, but looking at that Aparo art had me think that if they'd ever done a comics version of "Mad Men" he would have been the perfect artist for it.

  3. Say, did anyone notice the Charlton Comics logo on the matchbox in the "The Cat"? Page 8, panel 3.



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