Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Decent Comics: "Atlas the Great!" by Kirby and Berry

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! At long last, and 'cause you demanded it, here's Jack Kirby's Atlas, from 1st Issue Special #1(January 1975). Sort of a simplified New Gods, Ol' Groove has always thought of it as an exercise in Kirby getting a story out of his system, but there are hints in the editorial page of 1IS #1 that "Atlas the Great!" just might have started off as...Atlas #1! What makes Ol' Groove think that? Paragraph 6: "Which brings us to Atlas #1." If ya don't believe me, just look at this, Irving:

Hmmm? HMMMM? I know, big deal. This is the only Atlas story ever published until James Robinson brought him back in Superman a few years back. Mebbe so. But I think it's kinda cool...



















Monday, September 18, 2017

Marvel-ous Monday: "Crime and Circuses" by Isabella, Mantlo, Wilson, and Kida

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Here's part two (part one was back in June, right here) of Black Goliath's debut from Power Man #25 (March 1975)--at last! Plotted by Tony Isabella, plotted by Bill Mantlo (his color comics debut), penciled by Ron Wilson, and inked by Fred Kida prepare for..."Crime and Circuses!"
Cover art by Gil Kane and Mike Esposito




















Friday, September 15, 2017

Random Reads: "The Shivering Stars" by Wein and Giolitti

Welcome back, Groove-ophiles! We're finishing up our week-long tribute to Len Wein with one of his many stories done for Gold Key. "The Shivering Stars" from Twilight Zone #35 (September 1970), with art by Alberto Giolitti is a great example of Wein's early work. Enjoy!






Thursday, September 14, 2017

Random Reads: "The Bravados" by Wein, Shores, and Esposito

We're back with more rare Len Wein goodness, Groove-ophiles! Wein's "The Bravados" over at Skywald was like a Sam Peckinpah movie squeezed into ten pages. With solid, action-packed art from Syd Shores and Mike Esposito, the lead feature for Wild Western Action #1 (cover-dated March 1971) is more fun than a cold sarsaparilla and a slice'a beef jerky! Check it out!












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