Monday, February 19, 2018

Marvel-ous Monday: "Blood Will Tell!" by Thomas, Heck, and S. Buscema

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! We're back with another Black Widow mini-saga from her run in Amazing Adventures! In "Blood Will Tell" from Amazing Adventures #6 (February 1971) writer Roy Thomas is joined by a new art team: Don Heck and Sal Buscema. (If you're wondering about the final Gene Colan/Bill Everett Black Widow job in ish #5, just follow the link here.) While I can dig Heck's art most of the time and I love Our Pal Sal's inks, they don't make a very thrilling art-team here. (Everett will join Heck for the next couple issues--stay tuned.) Thomas' story is kind of an in-between piece of a bigger puzzle, so there's honestly not a lot of thrilling things to draw, either. Roy does, however, add some depth to Madame Natasha as she's dealing with the feeling that she's living up to her name--that anyone who comes in contact with her is doomed.

Will the next wrap-up next issue be more zingy? Stay tuned!

Friday, February 16, 2018

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: The Black Panther Prowls the Marvel Universe

Can you dig it, Groove-ophiles! Today's the day The Black Panther's solo flick hits screens around the U.S. and Ol' Groove is soooo looking forward to seeing it! While we're passing time until showtime, though, whaddya say we dig on a truckload of Ol' Groove's fave Groovy Age covers featuring the Black Panther? Not just covers from Prince T'Challa's own series, but from all over the Marvel Universe? That'll allow us to get to se the Panther envisioned not only by Jack Kirby and Rich Buckler, but also the Brothers Buscema, Barry Windsor-Smith, John Byrne, George Perez, Frank Miller, Jim Starlin, Gil Kane and so many more. Sounds like a plan, huh? Then let's prowl!

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Random Reads: "Fifty Million Tons of Soul!" by Haney, Oksner, and Smith

Dig it, Groove-ophiles, even in the waning days of the Groovy Age, DC was still producing some sentimental, slice of life comics the likes of which were getting more and more rare. One little sorta-series that kept tugging at the heart strings ran in the back of the Dollar Comics issues of Detective Comics: Tales of Gotham City. It's long been said that Gotham City itself is as much a character as Batman, Commissioner Gordon, or the Joker, and this series that appeared under editor Paul Levitz' reign made a believer out of Teen Groove. A fave in that series was but the Bob trio--Haney, Oksner, and Smith: "Fifty Million Tons of Soul!" If someone pitched a story like this these days, editors more than likely would show that writer the door, but back in April 1980, some of us adored these tales of seemingly random folk who's lives would be entwined, changed, or touched by something simple. Even something as simple as a bridge.


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