Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Merry Christmas 2019!

Season's Greetings, Groove-ophiles! As is our tradition in Groove City, we're sharing a favorite mag from the Groovy Age Yuletide Season, this time it's Freedom Fighters #1!

Back on December 9, 1975, DC unleashed Freedom Fighters #1 (Quality Comics heroes Uncle Sam, The Ray, Black Condor, Phantom Lady, Doll Man, and Human Bomb) on the spinner racks, and boy, was Young Groove ever glad! That snazzy Ernie Chan cover just begged to be bought, and the interiors by Ric Estrada and Mike Royer looked like fun (as was the story by Gerry Conway and Martin Pasko)! Len Wein and Dick Dillin had already introduced us to the super-team from Earth-X in Justice League of America issues 107-108 (June-August, 1973) and I really dug 'em, so finding this mag was quite a thrill! Ol' Groove hopes you get a kick out of it on this particular Christmas Day (or whatever day you might be reading it) four color memory!

The Story Behind the Story

And it wouldn't be a Christmas post without giving you a glimpse into Groove's Goodies for this year:

All the best to you and yours this Holiday Season! See you next year with the new, weekly Diversions of the Groovy Kind! Pax!

Thursday, November 28, 2019

Thanksgiving Feast 2019!

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! As Gomer Pyle would say, "Surprise, surprise, surprise!" Ol' Groove is here to kick off your holiday cheer with a Thanksgiving Feast! (For those of y'all living outside the U.S. of A. enjoy a "Surprise!" for your Thursday!)

To start us off, here's the debut issue of Marvel's Mattel-toy-based Shogun Warriors comic from November 1978 by Doug Moench, Herb Trimpe, and Dan Green!

Next, dig DC's revival of Plastic Man from November 1975! The PLOP!-ish talents of Steve Skeates and Ramona Fradon (with Teny Henson) were perfect for this off-the wall version of Plas and his pal Woozy Winks!

And how'z about a terrific Star Trek tale from Gold Key circa November 1978? One by Arnold Drake and Al McWilliams?
Cover art by Mel Crawford

Yeah, Ol' Groove thought you'd dig it!

But wait! For all you Black Friday shoppers, here's a real deal--a black and white masterpiece by Titanic Tom Sutton, daringly dropped in the back of Charlton's Ghostly Tales #113 (November 1974)!

Hope you enjoyed this year's feast, Groove-ophiles! Ol' Groove'll be back in 2020 with weekly posts right here on our beloved Diversions of the Groovy Kind blog...AND a brand new comic mag created in the spirit of the Groovy Age called (what else?) Diversions! Keep watching this page! 2020 is gonna be outtasite!


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