Friday, January 19, 2018

Making a Splash: Joe Staton's Super, Boy!

Happy birthday, Joe Staton! One of Groove City's absolute favorite artists is celebrating today, and we wanna help celebrate in our own small but far-out way! As most of you know, Joe's snazzy art has graced the pages of tons of comics from most every publisher. He's especially revered for his co-creations E-Man, Mike Mauser, and the Huntress, as well as his art on comics featuring the Avengers, the Hulk, the Justice Society, Green Lantern, Legion of Super-Heroes, and so many more (right up to the Dick Tracy strip and E-Man revival--in Charlton Arrow-- going on right now)! Did ya know that Joe drew several Superboy solo-stories during the Groovy Age? No jive! Joe drew several issues of the Superboy strip in Adventure Comics (in 1977/78 between the Aquaman and Dollar Comics eras, issues 456-458), and stayed on when the Boy of Steel moved to the front of Superman Family (issues 191-194 and 196 in 1978/79). Would you like to see the smashing splashes from those super stories? Well, then, here ya go!

Thanks, Joe!

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Addicted to Alex Nino: "Fish Story" by Oleck and Nino

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! It's been way too long since we perused an awesomely illustrated Alex Nino number, hasn't it? Well, I'm sure Ol' Groove won't have to use any bait to get you to read this short shocker written by Jack Oleck for the first issue of Secrets of the Haunted House #1 (January 1975). Have we got a "Fish Story" for you!
Cover art by Luis Dominguez

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Black and White Wednesday: Peerless Paul Gulacy Original Art

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! You won't mind perusing some primo Paul Gulacy original art today, will ya?

Gulacy's debut on the Morbius feature in Fear #20...

Paul's iconic Logan's Run #6 cover...

And of course, some sweet Master of Kung Fu pages...

I knew you wouldn't mind!

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Decent Comics: "The Hundred Dollar Deal!" by Albano and DeZuniga

Saddle up, Groove-ophiles! We're'a gonna slap leather with Jonah Hex today! Ol' Groove just recently re-read Hex's second appearance from All-Star Western #11 (February 1972) and I truly dug it! Co-creators John Albano and Tony DeZuniga were still experimenting a bit with our hard-as-nails anti-hero (just check out the blackly humorous ending), but you can sense as you read that they knew they were on to something special. So special that, with the very next issue due, no doubt, to the rapidly rising popularity of the Jonah Hex strip, the mag's very title would be changed to reflect our weird western hero. More on that next time! Now let's siddown next to the campfire and dig on the story of..."The Hundred Dollar Deal!"
Cover art by Tony DeZuniga and company

Monday, January 15, 2018

Marvel-ous Monday: "Dance to the Murder!" by Claremont, Tuska, and Colletta

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Here's the third action-packed issue of Black Goliath (from March 1976)! Chris Claremont, George Tuska, and Vinnie Colletta turn out an action-packed yarn that not only gives our lead hero plenty to do, but gets those cool sidekicks of his, the Whiz Kids into the action in a big way as well! And don't miss the Tony Stark cameo! Put on your disco suit and platform shoes! We're gonna "Dance to the Murder!"
Cover art by Larry Lieber, Frank Giacoia, and John Romita


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