Thursday, December 18, 2014

Bring On the Back-ups: "Mission Catch a Killer" by O'Neil, Netzer, and Austin

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Ol' Groove is comin' at ya with another rarity--the J'onn J'onzz, the Manhunter from Mars mini-series/back-up from Adventure Comics #449-451 (October 1976-February 1977) and the pulse-pounding conclusion from World's Finest Comics #245 (March 1977). No, Irving, we're not running them all today! We've gotta have something to keep you coming back, don't we? We're gonna start with the first chapter, "Mission Catch a Killer" by Denny O'Neil, Michael Netzer (as Mike Nasser), and Terry Austin, and keep 'em coming for the next few weeks. Man, don't'cha just dig that Netzer/Austin art?

Stay on your toes, Groove-ophiles! Chapter 2, guest-starring Supergirl will head your way soon!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Black and White Wednesday: "Only Losers Win!" by Margopoulos and Chaykin

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! Sci-fi race car driving by Rich Margopoulos and Howard Chaykin! "Only Losers Win!" comes from Creepy #64 (July 1974)--and it'll make your pulse race! Vrrrooom!!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Greetings from Skartaris: "War Gods of Skartaris!" by Mike Grell

Y'know, Groove-ophiles, if Ol' Groove could only keep one issue of Warlord, it would almost definitely be Warlord #3 (July 1976). With this issue, Mike Grell became another colossus (up there with Jim Starlin) of the comicbook writer/artist  realm.. I've often thought that this ish must have made a huge impact on the guys who would go on to found Image Comics in the 1990s. Check it out: huge action splashes and double page splashes; entire action sequences with no dialogue; Grell was cutting way back (and would cut back even more in the future) on the flowery captions used by most comicbook writers of the Groovy Age. Now the difference between Grell and his possible future acolytes is Grell didn't go to excess in any area. He knew when to cut loose and when to pull back. He was in control, telling his stories in his own, personal way. As usual, many followers (myself included in my own modest way) too often picked up on the surface stuff, but didn't get Grell's depth. Anyway, Yers Trooly LOVES "War Gods of Skartaris!" Check out that battle! Dig those crazy Lizard Men (better'n Jolly Jack's Toad Men from last week's Sandman epic)! And does anyone draw cooler giant snakes than Iron Mike? Yeah, Ol' Groove really, really digs this ish!  Hope you dig it, too!


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