Friday, August 18, 2017

Making a Splash: Joe Staton and Bob Smith's Plastic Man

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Ya know, when the final Dollar Comics issue of Adventure Comics (#466) hit the stands, Teen Groove was rather bummed. No more cool stories featuring JSA, Aquaman, or Deadman. But it was kinda hard to stay bummed when a month later, standard-sized ish 467 came out (in October 1979) with a cool new Starman (by Paul Levitz, Steve Ditko, and Romeo Tanghal) series...splitting the book with the return of Plastic Man, written for two issues by Len Wein, who was followed by writer Martin Pasko. The stories were different and fun, but the big (and Ol' Groove means big) attraction for the Plas series was the art by penciler Joe Staton and finisher Bob Smith. If ever an artist was born to follow in the footsteps of Jack Cole, t'was Joe Staton. After all, wasn't part (the best part many might say) of Joe and Nick Cuti's E-Man inspired by Cole's Plas? And just how perfect for Plas was the art team of Staton and Smith? Just take a look for yourself, baby...

Thursday, August 17, 2017

They Don't Make 'Em Like That Anymore--Or Do They? Forbidden Gallery

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! What mag gives you new, Groovy Age style talent mixed with brand new horror and sci-fi tales by Groovy Age luminaries like Joe Rubenstein, Paul Kupperberg, Roger McKenzie, and Nick Cuti (plus post-Groovy Age talents like Craig Hamilton, Brian Postman, Lou Mougin, Sandy Carruthers, and more)--in color? ACP's Forbidden Gallery, baby! Dig it, Forbidden Gallery is like a combination of a Warren horror mag (Creepy or Eerie, take yer choice--and yeah, that mean's FG isn't for the kiddos) in a format and (sometimes) feel of the DC's classic mystery mags (House of Mystery, House of Secrets, and the rest), but updated with new writers and artists who totally "get" the great mystery/sci-fi comics of the 1970s and 1980s.

The first ish (with a cool painted cover by Paul Tuma and Joe Rubinstein) came out back in the fall and it blew Ol' Groove away with it's cover-to-cover (literally! No ads--and the framing story starts on the inside front cover) motherload (36 pages) of cool comics: "Archimedes" by editor/publisher William Mull and Paul Tuma, "Kenny's Very Bad Dream" by Paul Kupperberg and Sandy Carruthers, "Greenhouse Effect" by Roger McKenzie and Jack Snider, "Destroyer" by Lou Mougin and Mike Montgomery, "Two Kingdoms" by Mull and (art director) Dærick Gröss Sr., and "Twin Moons Over Theroin" by Ed DeVore and Jeff Austin (who really captures the feel of Groovy Age artists like Bernie Wrightson and Dan Green). Gröss' art direction and colors (along with the other colorists, on a roster that includes Matt Webb)  give Forbidden Gallery #1 a slick, modern look, but with a decidedly wonderful retro palette that truly pleases these groovy ol' eyeballs! Frightening fun all the way with the first ish...

Which leads me to...

Forbidden Gallery #2 which is on sale any day now! It's another gore-geous package of more of the same Groovy Age style wonderment, with more stories (very well) written by editor/publisher Mull, but also tales from Charlton Neo's Rene King Thompson and the (Ol' Groove doesn't use this word lightly) legendary Nick (E-Man) Cuti! The artists in this ish include Craig Hamilton, Carl Comendador, Tim Holtrop, Brian Postman, and (Ol' Groove's partner in The Creeps #8's "Clownin' Around") Nik Poliwko. Gröss' brilliantly art directs and leads a crack team of colorists again. The stories are a hoot, the art is gorgeous, and I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy of Forbidden Gallery #2 (Mull was kind enough to let Ol' Groove have a sneak-peek via .pdf, don'tcha know)!

Ol' Groove tips his kreeblah to Editor/Publisher William Mull for making lightning strike twice by heading up two sensationally spooky issues of a comic that is sure to appeal to fans of Groovy Age! Here's to many, many more issues, William!

To order your copies (or for a link that will take you to comiXology, if you dig your comics in digital form) go to the ACP website right now--and tell 'em Ol' Groove sent ya!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Black and White Wednesday: "Angel of Jaipur" by DuBay and Severin

Sometimes Ol' Groove just has to sit back and let two masters of the medium let their work do the talking for them. From Creepy #89 (April 1977) here are Bill DuBay and John Severin with..."angel of Jaipur"!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Decent Comics: "Village of the Doomed" by Michelinie and Redondo

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! It's time for another forgotten David Michelinie/Nestor Redondo Swamp Thing classic! "Village of the Doomed" from Swamp Thing #18 (June 1975). For some reason, I can relate to this story more in 2017 than I could in 1975. Wonder why...?

Monday, August 14, 2017

Marvel-ous Monday: "The Runaway and the Rescuer!" by Kraft, Zimmerman, and Chan

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Here's a little-seen piece from The Hulk! #10 (the first full-color ish of the former Rampaging Hulk magazine) by David Anthony Kraft, Dwight Jon Zimmerman (yep, the acclaimed author), and Ernie Chan. "The Runaway and the Rescuer!" blew Teen Groove away simply because of its existence. A brand new illustrated prose story featuring Ol' Jade Jaws--in full color! Yours truly always loved experimental stuff in his mags, so this was a welcome treat (along with the comics and the articles we'd grown accustomed to).  

Friday, August 11, 2017

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Bob McLeod Covers the Best

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! This past Wednesday, August 9, was Bob McLeod's birthday. Happy birthday, Bob! We're gonna celebrate by looking back at a dozen Marvel-ous covers from the Groovy Age inked by Mr. McLeod (including his first!)--but not just any ol' covers--covers penciled by some of the all-time Marvel greats! Bob is one of those inkers who has a cool, elegant, and organic style that's easily recognizable, but he rarely overpowers the penciler. That's what Ol' Groove thinks, anyway. What sez you?
Pencils by Gil Kane
Pencils by John Buscema

Pencils by Herb Trimpe

Pencils by Gene Colan

Pencils by John Romita

Pencils by Pat Broderick

Pencils by Keith Pollard

Pencils by Frank Miller

Pencils by Mike Zeck

Pencils by Dave Cockrum

Pencils by George Perez
Pencils by Bob McLeod


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