Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Addicted to Alex Nino: "Dead Man's Bride" by Oleck and Nino

What it is, Groove-ophiles! Today let's enjoy a macabre masterpiece by two masters of mystery, Jack Oleck and (but of course!) Alex Nino! "Dead Man's Bride" was but one sensational story out of eight from the dynamic two hundred and fifty-fourth issue of the then-Dollar Sized House of Mystery, and it's definitely one of the best! Truck on back to July 1977 with Ol' Groove, won'tcha?

Monday, July 21, 2014

Groove's Faves: "Games Godlings Play!" by Gerber, Starlin, Wein, Adkins, Newton, and Mooney

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Today we're gonna rap about an all-time fave from one of Ol' Groove's all-time fave formats--Marvel's Giant-Size line of 1974/1975. Those 68 page quarterlies were always something special, extra-long stories (a lot of times with guest-stars), superior art--almost like a Silver Age annual four times a year! Giant-Size Defenders was one of the best, and one of its best issues was G-SD #3 (October 1974)--"Games Godlings Play!" Co-plotted by Steve Gerber, Jim Starlin, and Len Wein, with lay-outs by Starlin and finishes/inks by Dan Adkins, Don Newton, and Jim Mooney, "Games..." is a tour de force for our fave non-team. It's cosmic,  it's lyrical, it's whimsical, and it's even brutal at times. It's also innovative (Gerber and Starlin's use of pictures and set-type prose blew me away) and it introduces Korvac, who seems like a neat throw-away character here, but will later become a major Avengers villain. Not only that, but it features one of the biggest boo-boo endings in comicbook history--part of the legendary "Gerber Curse"? Wow! So much cool stuff packed into one ish--no wonder it was Giant-Size!
Cover art by Ron Wilson and Joe Sinnott

Oh, and that major boo-boo Ol' Groove alluded to above? Didja catch it? Here's the letters page from G-SD #4 in which fans point it out and Marvel responds. It's pretty funny. Oh, there's a minor boo-boo a sharp-eyed fan caught in "Gods...", too! Check it out...

Friday, July 18, 2014

Making a Splash: John Byrne's X-Men, Part 3

And we're back with the third (and sadly final) batch of John Byrne X-Men (issues 132-143, January-December 1980) splashes! These splashes are (putting it mildly) part of the stuff of legend! The legend of Dark Phoenix, that is! Claremont, Byrne, and Austin were clicking on all cylinders! Their various artistic visions blending and melding (sometimes in spite of their differences) into a run of awesome comics that are nigh-unto-impossible to beat! As promised, Ol' Groove is including post-Dark Phoenix splashes...including the almost as legendary Days of Future Past storyline! Plus, the debut of Wolverine's John Byrne-designed tan and brown uniform! Can mere mortals dare gaze 'pon such magnificence and not have their lives forever changed? Dare ye find out, Groove-ophiles? Dare ye?


Blog Widget by LinkWithin
Note to "The Man": All images are presumed copyright by the respective copyright holders and are presented here as fair use under applicable laws, man! If you hold the copyright to a work I've posted and would like me to remove it, just drop me an e-mail and it's gone, baby, gone.

All other commentary and insanity copyright GroovyAge, Ltd.

As for the rest of ya, the purpose of this blog is to (re)introduce you to the great comics of the 1970s. If you like what you see, do what I do--go to a comics shop, bookstore, e-Bay or whatever and BUY YOUR OWN!