Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Black and White Wednesday: "The Clash of Leviathans!" by Moench and Torrents

Dinosaurs vs. aliens! And the winner is...humanity? Doug Moench and Ramon Torrents give us the answers to dinosaur extinction and the origin of disease on earth with..."The Clash of Leviathans!" Pretty deep stuff for a Vampirella mag (Vampirella #28, August 1973, to be exact), huh?

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Decent Comics: "Underworld Reward Part 2" by Skeates and Aparo

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! The second part of Aquaman's battle against the surface world's underworld (think about it!) courtesy Steve Skeates and Jim Aparo! In Aquaman #45's (March 1969) "Underworld Reward Part 2," the King of the Seven Seas is still battling the mob in the "real world" while the fantasy angle is still being carried forward by his young ward Aqualad. Such cool stuff under an amazing Nick Cardy cover!

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


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