Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Black and White Wednesday: Wally Wood's Unpublished Plop-ular Poetry

You Groove-ophiles are absolutely the greatest! So kind, loyal, and generous! Gil Oritz, co-worker, friend, and photographer of the late, great Wally Wood read our old post on Woody's Plop-ular Poetry from DC's PLOP! mag and not only answered Ol' Groove's question ("I wonder if  poems "v"-"z" were ever completed? "), but shared the wealth, as well! Seems Woody had gifted Gil with the original art for the unpublished "V-Z" sections--and Gil has graciously shared scans of those long-lost (to fandom, not Gil) pages. Thank you a ka-zillion, Gil!! Thine unselfishness has earned thee the highest accolades that Groove City mayest bestow! We tip our kreighblas to thee, Sir!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A Very Special Groovy Guest Post: Roy Thomas On Bernie Wrightson

Roy Thomas wished to express his feelings on the passing of Bernie Wrightson. Ol' Groove is honored that Roy chose to share those thoughts with us here on the Diversions.

Bernie Wrightson was one of the giants to emerge from the comics field in the late 1960 and 1970s, influencing an entire generation--perhaps more than one generation--of artists who followed him.  He was the co-creator of Swamp Thing, and easily the best illustrator of Mary Shelly's novel Frankenstein in the 200 years since it was first published.  I was only privileged to work with him on a bare handful of stories, but they were work that left me with an abiding admiration of his talent and commitment to excellence.  He will be missed.

Roy Thomas

Many thanks to Groove-ophile Mike Mikulovsky for getting the ball rolling by helping put us in contact with Roy.

Monday, March 27, 2017

Marvel-ous Mondays: "Deluge!" by Thomas and Trimpe

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! We're back with another cool Ka-Zar adventure! This time Herb (Incredible Hulk, Ant-Man) Trimpe has taken over the art chores from his pal Barry (Windsor-) Smith (perhaps because Conan was about to go double-size for Marvel's flirtation with the 52 page, 25 cent format?). Note that Herb, while not directly copying Smith's style, is at least trying to keep the look and feel of Ka-Zar and company consistent. Ol' Groove thinks Happy Herb did a bang-up job on Roy Thomas' scintillating script for "Deluge!" in Astonishing Tales #7 (May 1971). And he did the cover, too! Dig it!

"Hey, Groove! Where's the story from issue 6?" It's right here, baby! Shared that one waaaaaay back in March '09!


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