Monday, May 21, 2018

Marvel-ous Monday: "Nova" by Wolfman, J. Buscema, and Sinnott

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Wow, has it been nearly a DECADE since Ol' Groove posted this article about The Man Called...Nova? Wow! Well, what I said back then still goes today: Young Groove dug and Ol' Groove still digs Nova! Yeah, it was a Marvel-ous mix of Green Lantern's origin, Superman's powers, Archie Andrew's pals and gals (maybe a dash of Welcome Back Kotter's  Sweathogs), and Peter Parker-y angst (actually, the more I think about it, the more I feel Richard Rider was a mix of Archie Andrews and a teen-aged Charlie Brown), but it was FUN! Naturally, yers trooley had been diggin' stuff like Warlock, Deathlok, Black Panther, Killraven, et al, but Nova was different. Not so heavy as the aforementioned strips; more like an updated Silver Age Marvel mag. And of course, the art by John Buscema and Joe Sinnot (soon followed in ish #3 by the art team of Sal Buscema and Tom Palmer) blew me away, as well. And who knew that this was creator Marv Wolfman's "try out" mag (if you will) for writing super-hero sagas in a style that would make him a super-star in the 1980s with New Teen Titans? Remember, besides a few Supergirl sagas and a pretty good stint on Daredevil, Marv was best know as a horror and humor writer (Tomb of Dracula and Crazy Magazine) up until his Nova series. Hmmph. So much for Ol' Groove's short intro! Let's travel back to the last day of seventh grade (for me, that is) in June 1976 and dig into Nova #1!
Cover art by Rich Buckler and Joe Sinnott

Friday, May 18, 2018

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Groovy Age Lois Lane

In tribute to Superman the Movie's Lois Lane, Margot Kidder, who just passed away this past Sunday, let's take a loving look back at some of Ol' Groove's LL Groovy Age covers. Art by Curt Swan, Murphy Anderson, Dick Giordano, Bob Oksner, and others. Lois was (usually) pretty hip during this era...

RIP Margot

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Random Reads: "Stay Tuned" by ? and Villamonte

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! Here's the lead story from Gold Key's Twilight Zone #60 (September 1974), "Stay Tuned!" Ol' Groove doesn't know who the writer is, but they sure came up with a cool idea--one that tied into our TV culture and gave new meaning to turning someone on (or off)! Stand-out art by Ric (Beowulf) Villamonte, to boot!


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