Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Black and White Wednesday: May the Groovy Age Force Be With You!

Happy May Fourth, Groove-ophiles! We all know that the (arguably) greatest science-fantasy film of all time, Star Wars, is a product of the Groovy Age. We also know that Marvel Comics (thanks in a huge part to Roy Thomas) brought George Lucas' masterpiece to comicbook life way back then. Thomas, along with Archie Goodwin, Howard Chaykin, Carmine Infantino, Steve Leialoha, Terry Austin, Bob Wiacek, Gene Day , and others made monthly masterpieces of the continuing saga of Luke Skywalker and company for the rest of the Groovy Age, and Marvel kept using the force until well into the 80s. Today The Fourth is with DotGK as we dig on some far out original art pieces mined from the four-gazillion corners of the wwweb! Enjoy, baby!

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Groovy Age Gold: "Mystery of the Black Cat!" by Frank Borth

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! Young Groove's introduction to the legendary Phantom Lady came in the form of a coverless copy of Adventure Comics #416 (aka DC 100-Page Super Spectacular # DC-10, January 1972) found in one of those cellophane-wrapped "comic packs" of three comics for a quarter. I chanced upon that particular ish in the spring of 72. I don't remember what the other two comics were in that pack, but a whole 100 pages of super-heroines definitely made an impression on Young Groove, 'cause I still have that tattered edition in my possession. Anyway, as I was saying, I don't know if I'd even heard of Phantom Lady before that time, and honestly, from reading Frank Borth's (Frank's the artist, the author is unknown) "Mystery of the Black Cat!" (originally presented in Police Comics #17, cover-dated March 1943), I'd never guessed she was famous for being on the front line of the "good girl comics" craze of the Golden Age. Borth's Phantom Lady was slim, svelte, and kinda put me in mind of Cher. I thought her story was kinda cool and creepy, but that's all.

I do wonder if this (and the Super-Spec appearances of The Ray and the Black Condor) was to prepare us for the coming of The Freedom Fighters (the Quality heroes teaming up a la the JSA) that would turn up in the Justice League mag during summer of 73; the same debut that would lead to the short-lived FF mag that came out in 1976.

Monday, May 2, 2016

MOKF Monday: "The Phoenix Gambit Part II: End Game" by Moench, Zeck, and Tartag

HiiiiiEEEYA, Groove-ophiles! Here's the cataclysmic conclusion to last month's MOKF Monday masterpiece, "The Phoenix Gambit Part II: End Game"! Creators Doug Moench, Mike Zeck, and John Tartaglione wrap up the cosmic chess game between Dr. Doom (!) and the Prime Mover, by pitting Shang Chi and company against a truckload of kung-fu baddies...I was gonna say you'll "get a kick out of it"...but I won't. Instead, I'll just shut up and say this one's from Master of Kung Fu #60 (October 1977) and let ya enjoy the show... 
Cover art by Ernie Chan


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