Tuesday, July 29, 2014

(P)Raising Kane: "What If...the Avengers Had Never Been?" by Shooter, Kane, and Janson

What it is, Groove-ophiles! Hey, we dig the Avengers, don't we? We dig the power-house pencils of Gil Kane, don't we? We dig the incredible inks of Klaus Janson, don't we? Well, you put all'a that together with one of the most awesome tales Jim Shooter ever thunk up, and you've got "What If...the Avengers Had Never Been?", an epic that belongs on the Mount Rushmore of Bronze Age comics! And what a powerful tale it is. Few comics can match it for it's depiction of the grit and guts that make the members of the Avengers (even if they're an alternate dimension version of the Avengers) so heroic and admirable. And as for the art? Hoo-hah! Kane's depiction of the Hulk's brute force, Iron Man and Sub-Mariner's sleek-yet-immensely powerful forms, and the humanity of the Avengers out of costume should bring a joyous tear to your eye. Check it out, Groove-ophiles!
Cover by Gil Kane and Joe Sinnott

Monday, July 28, 2014

Bring On the Back-ups: "Let There Be...Darkness!" by O'Neil and Grell

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Can ya believe it? Today is six years since Ol' Groove started blabbin' on this here blog! Six years of cool comics, terrific trivia, and rancid ramblings, all made possible by you! Yeah, I'm blamin' you, Groove-ophiles! If it weren't for your enthusiasm and support, Yers Trooly would'a quit this bloggy thing (apologies to Tony Isabella) bleems ago! But no! You keep encouraging me, so I keep on truckin'! Really, all kiddin' aside, Ol' Groove humbly thanks ya from the bottom of his tie-dyed heart!

Since the Diversions started with a Mike Grell-centric post, Ol' Groove thought it only fitting that we celebrate the occasion with a Mike Grell-illoed masterpiece. Whaddya think? This particularly superb sci-fi short, "Let There Be...Darkness!", was written by Denny O'Neil and inked by Bill Draut. It first appeared in the back of The Flash #237 (August 1975), during the time when O'Neil and Grell were working toward bringing Green Lantern back to greatness (and back into his own title). Their cosmic style clicked with both fandom and editorial, so about a year after this tale was published, GL would, indeed, get his own mag back under Denny and Iron Mike. Don't ya love happy endings?

Friday, July 25, 2014

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Ken Kelly's Creepy Covers

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Ol' Groove recently learned that Richard Sala and company were producing a new b&w full-sized magazine called The Creeps! Sala and the gang (which includes Groovy Age greats like Rich Buckler, Frank Brunner, Joe Rubinstein, and today's subject, Ken Kelly) are out to re-capture the Warren glory days, and, judging my my hot-off-the-presses copy, doggoned if it doesn't look like they just might pull it off!  'Tis a thing of blood-curdling beauty--looks like it just crept in from the 1970s (that's meant in the best possible way)! For more info on the inspiration for today's post, head on over to the official The Creeps Magazine website (but only after ya get done here, Irving)!

"And why don't we get on with today's post, huh, Groove?" Okay, Groove-ophiles! Feast your eyes on these creature-filled Creepy Magazine covers painted by the great Ken Kelly!


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