Friday, November 24, 2017

Black (and White) Friday: "Hunger of the Slaughter-Sludge Beasts!" by Moench and Suso

Season's Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Here in the U.S. of A., today's the day when people shrug off their turkey-induced comas and get up in the middle of the night to battle (sometimes literally) the raging mobs in an effort to save money on Christmas gifts at overcrowded stores offering ridiculously low marked-down prices. Ol' Groove just sleeps in, but there ya go. Anywho, this phenomenon known as Black Friday allows those of us here in Groovy City an extra helping of Black and White Wednesday goodness--just on a Friday (hence our punny, parenthetical title). This year's Black (and White) Friday special is "Hunger of the Slaughter-Sludge Beasts" by Doug Moench and Jusus Suso Rego (better known as plain ol' "Suso"). This eco-terror tale was originally published in (you guessed it!) November (1973) in Psycho #16! Here's hoping those of y'all out there Black Friday shopping don't run into any psychos, yourselves!

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving Feast 2017! "Reprise: The Patchwork Man!" by Conway and Redondo

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! It's time for one more helping of Thanksgiving Feast 2017 and this one's a doozy! Back in November 1975, DC decided to re-tool House of Secrets and give it a lead series beginning with its 140th issue. The main feature was no less than The Patchwork Man, Abby Arcane's pathos-ridden pater from Swamp Thing issues 2-3. Written by Gerry Conway with art by Nestor Redondo (who were, at the time, the creative team on Swamp Thing's own mag), PM seemed like it could'a been a contender. Someone got cold feet, though, and with HOS #141, the usual one-shot mystery stories had returned. A second Patchwork Man story, "Night of the Rat" by Conway and Redondo, was completed, though, and finally appeared in 1983--in the Finnish comic, Gigant #3 (published by Semic). Oh, well, at least we still have..."Reprise: The Patchwork Man!"
Cover art by Ernie Chan

Thanksgiving Feast 2017! "The Fire World" by Gill and Boyette and "Lo! The Lord of the Leopards!" by Conway, Colan, and Shores

Happy Thanksgiving, Groove-ophiles! It's time for our main course. This one is served up in two parts, so loosen your belt, tighten your napkin, and dig in!

First up, we've got the main feature from the final issue of Charlton's Peacemaker (#5, November 1967). Written and drawn by the creative team of Joe Gill and Pat Boyette, it's a trip (and Ol' Groove does mean a trip!) into..."The Fire World!"

One of Young Groove's favorite issues of Daredevil (and yeah, I have a lot of fave DD issues) was issue #72 (November 1970), a cool, kinda spooky, kinda supernatural tale that introduced the little-seen Tagak, the Leopard Lord. "Lo! The Lord of the Leopards!" is by Gerry Conway, Gene Colan, and Syd Shores! Dig in!
Cover art by Marie Severin and Herb Trimpe

Be back in six hours for the wrap-up, Groove-ophiles!


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