Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Groovy Christmases Past: 1971

Merry Christmas, and welcome back to our two-week trip to December nine-teen-seventy-something to look at the comics Li'l Groove scarfed up from the spinner racks of various drugstores and the ever-lovin' King Kwik! Christmas 1971 always holds a special place in Ol' Groove's memories. Lots of family who didn't normally get to travel for Christmas holiday got to visit aaaand, my fave memory, I finally, for New Year's Eve got to stay up and play Monopoly with the grown-ups! No one but me probably remembers that, but it was a huge deal for Li'l Groove! Anyway--here come da comics!
 Ol' Groove did a post on this one many years back. Li'l Groove so wanted a cowboy outfit like the one the kid on the cover is wearing!

While I dug the spooky villain, Starbreaker, what Li'l Groove really loved was the Golden Age reprints in this ish! These first tastes of the Golden Age really grabbed me!

 Why in the world did Li'l Groove buy Lois Lane comics? For the Rose & Thorn back-ups!

 After seeing comicbook characters flying, why did a guy WALKING on the air strike Li'l Groove as so cool? 'Cause it was cool!

Bad guys had been trying to figure out Superman's identity for years--but when it happened on to Spidey it took on a whole 'nother level of drama!

Okay, Ol' Groove mentioned in the last post that in 1971 I was supplementing the comics I bought new off the spinner rack with coverless, cellophane-wrapped comics (three for twenty cents or a quarter). Those, ahem, unaurhorized comics really helped me grow my collection--and snagged me some very important comics like Avengers #97 (the end of the Kree/Skrull War), Captain American #147 (Cap vs. Hydra--when those battles really meant something), and the first appearance of Jonah Hex in All-Star Western #10. And let you experience 'em the same way Li'l Groove did for the first time, here are the splashes to those brain-blasting comics instead of the covers! (See, splashes are important, too!)

Monday, December 11, 2017

Groovy Christmases Past! 1969/70

Merry Christmas, Groove-ophiles, and Happy Whatever-Holiday-You-Celebrate! This week and next, Ol' Groove's gonna get even more nostalgic than usual (is that even possible? Stay tuned!) and look back at comics I actually got off the spinner rack during the Yuletide Season (meaning anything between Thanksgiving and New Years' Day is fair game). Most of them are at least sentimental faves, of course, because besides cool covers, great stories, and awesome art, they're part of the happy memories of Christmas shopping, trips to visit family, Christmas break, and just all-around wintertime fun! My plan is to share Groovy Christmases Past this week and next, a different year each day.

Yeah, I start off kinda cheating because First and Second Grader Li'l Groove didn't get a whole lotta comics off the racks in December (though in second grade I had discovered those coverless, cellophane-wrapped comic packs of which I bought tons--but I'm not counting those). You'll see my buying habits fluctuate a bit and then BOOM! I must've spent every penny I had on 'em during high school. What does that say about Teen Groove? Nothin' but that I was a comicbook fanatic, baby! Anywho, here's hoping you enjoy these trips down memory lane as much as Ol' Groove does!

December 1969:

Li'l Groove thought Vigilante was the coolest thing ever: a cowboy on a motorcycle! This was my introduction to the character, natch.

Marie Severin and Sam Grainger came across with one of the coolest comicbook covers ever, right here. They could have gone the "floating head" route, but this is sooooo much more interesting!

One hero vs. a bunch of baddies! Here's my 15 cents!

The coolest new Saturday morning cartoon got it's own comic and Li'l Groove had to have it! 

December 1970: 

My introduction to Jack Kirby's Fourth World! Is it ironic that I got comics about "new gods" on the way home from Wednesday night Christmas play practice? Two separate practices? 

Li'l Groove's introduction to Marvel crossovers! What a great way to immerse oneself in and learn about the Marvel Universe! Nick Fury could bring the very different worlds of Daredevil and Iron Man together--then the Avengers could battle a trio of mis-understood heroes who'd soon become The Defenders! And then there was those Sal Buscema covers...! 

Be back tomorrow as we truck on back to December 1971!

Many thanks to both Grand Comics Database and Mike's Amazing World of Comics Newsstand for making an undertaking like this so much easier! I don't know what Ol' Groove'd do without those two sites!

Friday, December 8, 2017

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: The Groovy Age Spectre

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Where can you find insanely outstanding art by comicbook giants like Carmine Infantino, Murphy Anderson, Neal Adams, Nick Cardy, Jim Aparo, and Jim Starlin? On comic covers featuring The Spectre, baby! Whether it be in his own mag, guest-starring in team-up mags like Brave and the Bold and DC Comics Presents, or headlining Adventure Comics, the Ghostly Guardian with his stark white and green costume makes for some creepy-cool comicbook covers! Here's a bunch of Ol' Groove's faves! Hope some of 'em are on your list of faves, too!


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As for the rest of ya, the purpose of this blog is to (re)introduce you to the great comics of the 1970s. If you like what you see, do what I do--go to a comics shop, bookstore, e-Bay or whatever and BUY YOUR OWN!