Friday, October 24, 2014

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Groove's Fave Brave and the Bold Bat-Covers

It's Batman's 75th anniversary year, and Ol' Groove needs to get on the ball wit' da celebratin'! Today, why don't we hit the Spinner Rack of the Seventies to take a look at some of Batman's best Brave and the Bold covers! The Darknight Detective's titanic team-up mag was always a joy to behold, and what with artists like Neal Adams, Nick Cardy, and Jim Aparo providing the art, there are some truly far-out and memorable covers to goggle at! Here's a bunch'a mine--tell us about some'a yours--and even share 'em on our FaceBook page if ya wanna!

Not only are the covers dy-no-mite, but a lot of these are some of Ol' Groove's all-time fave B&B stories, as well. We'll have'ta rap about that sometime, baby!

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Groovy Age Gold: "Where Monsters Dwell" by Basil Wolverton

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! It's been a while since we rapped about Basil Wolverton, hasn't it? Too long, says I! Flipping through the pages of the first issue of Crypt of Shadows (October 1973), lucky Marvellites found "Where Monsters Dwell" sandwiched in between all kinds of groovy, Golden Age gruesomeness! My only question is...howcum they didn't reprint this in...Where Monsters Dwell? Ah well, some questions are gonna haunt us forever--like Wolverton's horrifyingly awesome comic art! Dig the blurb on the first page (probably written by EIC Roy Thomas) connecting Wolverton to the (then) currently trendy Underground Comix movement! Marvel always had their finger on the pulse of fandom, didn't they?

Oh, and for your bibliophiles out there, "Where Monsters Dwell" was first published in Adventures Into Terror #7 (December 1951).

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Black and White Wednesday: "Frankenstein Book II, Chapter 1" by Tom Sutton with Dan Adkins

HoOOOWs it shakin', Groove-ophiles! Y'know, Mary Shelly's immortal Monster has always been one of comics' favorite subjects. During the Golden Age, even during the Silver Age when monsters weren't allowed in comics, and of course during the Groovy Age, Frankenstein's Man-Mockery found his way into those hallowed pulp-papered pages. Marvel had a Frankenstein's Monster. DC Had a Frankenstein's Monster. Even Skywald had a Frankenstein's Monster thanks to Tom Sutton (under his "Sean Todd" moniker). Beginning in Skywald's Psycho #3 (cover-dated May 1971), Sutton and inker Dan Adkins gave us "Frankenstein Book II". The series ran in issues 3-6, and returned in various issues of Nightmare and Scream under other hands. 'Tis Titanic Tom's version that Ol' Groove loves best, though--and you, you lucky Groove-ophile you, get to check it out right now! (All this and a Boris Vallejo cover, too!)


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