Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Decent Comics: "Kill Me with Wagner!" by Kirby and Berry

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! A comicbook with a Joe Kubert cover and Jack Kirby story and art just screams "Read me!" dunnit? That's what DC figured when they let Kirby (and inker D. Bruce Berry) take over Robert Kanigher's The Losers feature in Our Fighting Forces beginning with ish #151 (July 1974). For the past four-plus years, The Losers, created by Kanigher by gathering a small group of cancelled DC war features (meaning they were Losers in more ways than one), enjoyed several top artists (including luminaries like Ross Andru and John Severin) and followed the Kanigher War Formula. With Kirby's arrival, Capt. Storm, Johnny Cloud, Gunner and Sarge kept trucking through WWII, their ability to stumble into and out of trouble remained intact, but man, did the thrust of the series take a turn! Gone were the fables of the bravery of our fighting forces and the futility of war. They were replaced by the action-packed, fast-paced, in-your-face Jack Kirby style, filtered through Kirby's experiences (he was a veteran of World War II, ya know), bringing us imaginative and yes, many times outlandish--but always cool!--stories that displayed the brutality of what enlisted men faced when their boots hit the ground. For perhaps the last time during his DC tenure, Kirby was unleashed! Here's his opening salvo, "Kill Me with Wagner!"




















Monday, July 25, 2016

Marvel-ous Mondays: "Into the Forbidden Zone" by Moench, Tuska, Esposito, and Mortellaro

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Today we've reached the penultimate chapter of Marvel's color reprint (from the b&w mag of the same name) Planet of the Apes movie adaptation. Yank Adventures On the Planet of the Apes #5 (January 1977) off the Waback Spinner Rack and join Doug Moench, George Tuska, Mike Esposito, and Tony Mortellaro as they take us..."Into the Forbidden Zone"!
Cover art by Rich Buckler and Klaus Janson




















Friday, July 22, 2016

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Life's a Beach with Betty, Veronica, and Dan DeCarlo

Dig it, Groove-ophiles, Young/Teen Groove never got to go to the beach, but I spent a lot of time wishing I could go--mostly because of Dan DeCarlo's (aided and abetted at times by a variety of inkers) captivating Betty and Veronica beach covers! They were the closest I ever got to a beach back then--though Teen Groove did spend a lotta time at the public pool. Does that even count?











And for the record, Ol' Groove has been to several beaches post-Groovy Age. My first trip to a beach was to Cocoa Beach when I was on my honeymoon back in 1983. And yeah, I love the beach!

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