Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Black and White Wednesay: "The Time Eater!" by Butterworth and Neary

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! 'Tis the day before Thanksgiving here in the U.S. of A., so how's about a succulent sci-fi snack before we move on to tomorrow's annual feast! From Vampirella #40 (December 1974), here's Jack Butterworth and Paul Neary with..."The Time Eater!" (And no, Irving, it's not about FaceBook!)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Decent Comics: "The Trail of the Ring" by Skeates and Aparo

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! Here's the second classic SAG (Steve Skeates/Jim Aparo/Dick Giordano) Aquaman story--"The Trail of the Ring" from Aquaman #41 (July 1968). The memories of these Aquaman stories are special to Ol' Groove, as they were instrumental in helping me transition from cartoons to comicbooks. No, I couldn't read 'em yet (I was about a month shy of being five), but Mom or Dad would read them to me and I really, really dug Jim Aparo's art. (Still do!) Does this take you back...?

Oh, and don't ever think Sir Steve has lost his knack for writing underwater super-heroes! Keep your eyes peeled for this magnificent mag, headed your way in early 2018...

Monday, November 20, 2017

Marvel-ous Monday: "The Widow and the Militants!" by Friedrich, Colan, and Everett

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! It's the next part of Gary Friedrich's militant mini-epic starring the Black Widow, and now he's joined by the most exquisite art team of Gene Colan and Bill Everett. Colan's storytelling is superbly cinematic and Everett's inks are so slick and moody that you can still enjoy the story even though you can see the "twist" of "The Mob's" involvement in the unrest that's got our Young Militants taking action from a few city blocks away. Still, it's an involving and exciting story--what more can we ask for? (Cameos of J. Jonah Jameson and Peter Parker, you say? See page 2, baby!) Here's "The Widow and the Militants!" from Amazing Adventures #3 (August 1970)!
Cover art by John Buscema and John Verpoorten

Friday, November 17, 2017

Making a Splash: Neal Adams' Green Lantern/Green Arrow

All right, Groove-ophiles, it's time to look back on one of the most celebrated and influential series of comics' Groovy Age: Green Lantern/Green Arrow. Denny O'Neil and Neal Adams pretty much turned comicdom on its ear when it took two of DC's staid characters and used them to usher in DC's "relevant" era of comics. Green Lantern, DC's "cosmic cop," and Green Arrow, the former millionaire Batman rip-off who became the liberal everyman's mouthpiece after his fortune was stolen from him, touched on "today" issues like politics, the economy, overpopulation, the generation gap, sexism, racism, rioting, and drugs--all the while keeping the super-hero/sci-fi/fantasy edge handy. O'Neil's realistic dialogue coupled with Adams' realistic art turned GL's moribund mag into a critical darling, though it only delayed the mag's inevitable cancellation. While the styles may seem "dated" to today's readers, O'Neil/Adams' GL/GA is bound to be an influence on many of today's "socially conscious" creators. More than anything else, though, Neal Adams drew the living daylights out of GL/GA's adventures! With inkers like Dick Giordano, Berni Wrightson, and more, here's Neal doing his thing for issues 76-89 (February 1970-February 1972)!


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