Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Groovy Age Gold: "Mystery of the Black Cat!" by Frank Borth

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! Young Groove's introduction to the legendary Phantom Lady came in the form of a coverless copy of Adventure Comics #416 (aka DC 100-Page Super Spectacular # DC-10, January 1972) found in one of those cellophane-wrapped "comic packs" of three comics for a quarter. I chanced upon that particular ish in the spring of 72. I don't remember what the other two comics were in that pack, but a whole 100 pages of super-heroines definitely made an impression on Young Groove, 'cause I still have that tattered edition in my possession. Anyway, as I was saying, I don't know if I'd even heard of Phantom Lady before that time, and honestly, from reading Frank Borth's (Frank's the artist, the author is unknown) "Mystery of the Black Cat!" (originally presented in Police Comics #17, cover-dated March 1943), I'd never guessed she was famous for being on the front line of the "good girl comics" craze of the Golden Age. Borth's Phantom Lady was slim, svelte, and kinda put me in mind of Cher. I thought her story was kinda cool and creepy, but that's all.

I do wonder if this (and the Super-Spec appearances of The Ray and the Black Condor) was to prepare us for the coming of The Freedom Fighters (the Quality heroes teaming up a la the JSA) that would turn up in the Justice League mag during summer of 73; the same debut that would lead to the short-lived FF mag that came out in 1976.

Monday, May 2, 2016

MOKF Monday: "The Phoenix Gambit Part II: End Game" by Moench, Zeck, and Tartag

HiiiiiEEEYA, Groove-ophiles! Here's the cataclysmic conclusion to last month's MOKF Monday masterpiece, "The Phoenix Gambit Part II: End Game"! Creators Doug Moench, Mike Zeck, and John Tartaglione wrap up the cosmic chess game between Dr. Doom (!) and the Prime Mover, by pitting Shang Chi and company against a truckload of kung-fu baddies...I was gonna say you'll "get a kick out of it"...but I won't. Instead, I'll just shut up and say this one's from Master of Kung Fu #60 (October 1977) and let ya enjoy the show... 
Cover art by Ernie Chan

Sunday, May 1, 2016

DotGK Special Edition! A Groovy Guest-Post by Dusty Abel: May, 2016: Retro-Marvel Calendar Style!

Happy first day of May, Groove-ophiles! Groove-ophile Dusty Abell recently sent Ol' Groove a link to his Deviant Art page on which he posted his very own (and very awesome) version of the classic Marvel Calendar for this very month of this very year. He gave me permission to share it with y'all, and Ol' Groove is so pleased that he did! As you're about to see, it's a beaut! I'm also sharing Dusty's post about the retro-calendar (hope that's okay, Dusty!), 'cause it's a pretty cool "behind the scenes" look at the "hows" and "whys" of this masterpiece's creation! 'Tis a truly Marvel-ous and a-May-zing piece! Take it away, Dusty!

This is my take on updating the CLASSIC Marvel Comics Calendars from the the mid 1970's that I grew up loving as a kid, particularly the 75', 76' (Bicentenial Year inspired artwork in that one was crazy fun) and 77' releases. Unfortunately the format was abandoned in the early 80's which has given way to 25 years worth of pretty uninspired calendar releases if you ask me. Well, this is what i'd want to see up on my wall and I hope you might enjoy it a bit as well. Do a search online too see what the "original" calendars looked like to see what I was going for. The corny lines were DEFINITELY part of the original as were the creators Birthdays, which was when the veil behind the scenes of comic books was first parted for me, offering a glimpse of the creators who produced the comics I loved so much.
I hadn't done one of these in 3 years and just had the urge to do another one. I hadn't used the color green yet as an accent color so that made using the Hulk as the main illustration a pretty straight forward proposition. When I found this excellent throwback style Hulk piece by Bruce Timm, I knew I had the focal point I needed to build the rest of the month around. A dream would be to have Marvel commission me to actuall produce a whole year of these for an OFFICIAL Calendar release, I know all the Fans Of Old Marvel would love it!!!

I'm using some of my favorite illustrations by many of my favorite artists in the comic book business, often little seen commissions and rarer published material that may have been relegated to a back cover or used in the commercial advertising end of the industry. This piece includes 
a magnificent splash piece of The Hulk by artist Bruce Timm and various pin-ups, clip art and comic art by Chris Samnee , Paul Smith, Don Perlin, Sal Buscema, Michael Golden, John Paul Leon, Steve Rude, Jack Kirby & John Byrne. Download it and tack it up on your wall, it's the next best thing we'll unfortunately probably never see officially.

The Anya Corazon Spider-Girl (the only Mexican/American Marvel superhero of note I could find surprisingly) was drawn by 
sirdefnesaur here on deviantart and @ sirdef on Tumbler.

You can find my 2013 entries for January, February & March here- dusty-abell.deviantart.com/art… dusty-abell.deviantart.com/art… dusty-abell.deviantart.com/art…

Don't forget to download the image for the best resolution possible if you print this off to put up on your wall!

And here's the link to Dusty's Deviant Art page where all this magnificence was originally posted.


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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!