Monday, April 27, 2015

Avengers 2 Week! Making a Splash: Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Avengers 2 is coming and Ol' Groove is psyched! beyond words Yers trooly loved the first Avengers flick, and this one has my hopes even higher? Why? Three "new" Avengers--the three heroes who were the "main" Avengers when I started collecting (circa Avengers #75-104), Vision, Scarlet Witch, and Quicksilver, are finally coming to the big screen. Yeah, I know the movie versions of Vizh, Wanda, and Pietro won't be a whole lot like "my" Avengers, but based on how well Joss Whedon and company have handled the Assemblers so far, I have no fear of disappointment. "My" Avengers still exist in my back issues, tpbs, and memories, and the celluloid Avengers can carry on the tradition of blowing my mind! While we (here in the U.S.--the rest of you lucky ones can laugh at our excitement) wait for Friday's big debut (or if you're as lucky as Ol' Groove and family, the sneak peek on Thursday), here are some sensational splashes featuring the Groovy Age versions of our "newest" Avengers to tide you over...
Avengers 66, Art by Barry Smith and Syd Shores

Avengers 181, Art by John Byrne and Gene Day

Friday, April 24, 2015

Making a Splash: John Byrnes Up Marvel Team-Up

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Ol' Groove is in the mood for some cool team-ups and some John Byrne art! Sound good to you? Yeah, that's what I thought! From October 1976 to December 1978 (issues 53-79), Byrne was the main artist on Marvel Team-Up. Most issues were scripted by Chris Claremont, but the first few were scripted by Byrne's former Champions partner Bill Mantlo. Dig it! The Hulk! Woodgod! Adam Warlock! Yellowjacket and The Wasp! Human Torch! Ms. Marvel! Iron Fist! Captain Britain! Tigra! Man-Thing! Havoc! Thor! Power Man! Red Sonja! Ahhhhh, the Groovy Age!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thursday Terrors: "Power Times Four!" by Isabella and Mayerik

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! Another new department: Thursday Terrors! This brand new but already moldy and mysterious department is kicking off with The Living Mummy in "Power Times Four!" from Supernatural Thrillers #8 (May 1974)! With this issue, writer Tony (the Tiger) Isabella was manning the typewriter, and did he ever come up with a doozy of a tale! Not only is it filled with action, intrigue, and moment after moment of macabre mysticism, but buried within it is the origin of a future Marvel villain--who would exist in the past! Can you catch the clues without reading Ol' Groove's end-notes, baby? Oh, and take your time--Val Mayerik's art is stunning, amazing, far-out, and kozmik! His pencils and inks were killer here, weren't they?

Didja catch the homage to the Golden Age Blue Beetle, Dan Garrett? A few years later, September, 1976, to be exact, writer/editor Rascally Roy Thomas would snatch up the origin of the scarlet scarab as the focal point of the origin of the villainous Scarlet Scarab in Invaders # 23! Did he and Tony plan that character/connection out way back in early 1974? Or is that just another example of the Rascally One's mutant ret-conning abilities? You out there, Tony? Can you give us the real skinny on The Scarlet Scarab's Living Mummy connection? (If there really is one?)


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