Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Decent Comics: "Sorcerers of the Sea" by Skeates and Aparo

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Back in May 1968, Li'l Groove was still a pre-schooler and cartoons still came on the networks on Sunday mornings. My favorite cartoon at that time was Aquaman. So naturally, when I spotted a copy of Aquaman on the spinner rack, I was gonna grab it. When I grabbed #40 (May 1968) and plunked down 12 pennies, I had no idea that I was buying a piece of comicbook history. Y'see, with this ish, despite the familiar Nick Cardy cover art, times they were a'changin'. A certain trio of Boys from Derby, writer Steve Skeates, artist Jim Aparo, and editor Dick Giordano (who would come to be known collectively as SAG) began their legendary run on DC's King of the Seven Seas' mag with "Sorcerers of the Sea"--kicking a run of epic adventure and innovative storytelling that really grabbed fandom. Dive in, baby!

Monday, September 25, 2017

Marvel-ous Monday: "What If the Avengers Had Fought the Kree-Skrull War Without Rick Jones?" by DeFalco, Kupperberg, and Patterson

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Let's kick this week off with one of Ol' Groove's favorite comics: What If? #20 (January 1980)! "What If the Avengers Had Fought the Kree-Skrull War Without Rick Jones?" might have been a mouthful of a title, but it was a fistful of far-out and fabulous four color comics! All of Groove City knows that t'was the Kree/Skrull War (Avengers 89-97) that solidified Young Groove's standing as a comicbook fiend, so this comic was a particular pleasure when it came out--and it still is! Author Tom DeFalco (future Marvel EiC in the early days of his Marvel career, here) gave the original story some very cool twists and turns (including letting most every 1971-era Marvel character join in the fun). The art by Alan Kupperberg and Bruce Patterson was very different from Neal Adams' style on Avengers 93-96 (though Kupperberg had worked for Adams), and much closer to Sal Buscema (who drew Avengers 89-91--and according to Kupperberg, the first three pages of What If #20!) captured the look and feel of the original epic and did a great job of showing us the war side of the K/S War. We got a virtual graphic novel in 35 pages, baby! Dig it!

Cover art by Al Milgrom and Joe Sinnott

Yep! There's the infamous DD miscolored panel! Whodunnit?


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