Friday, July 21, 2017

Making a Splash: Star-Lord

Man, does Ol' Groove ever love Star-Lord--but I'm sure I'm not the only one! Created by Steve Englehart and Steve Gan for Marvel Comics way back in 1975, Peter Jason Quill's alter ego remained a cult favorite during the Groovy Age, went through a lot of changes over the past decade-plus, and has become a movie star via the excellent Guardians of the Galaxy movies (though he's a very different Star-Lord in those). Star-Lord was originally going to headline his own b&w sci-fi mag, but those plans fell through, so his debut was in Marvel's b&w try-out mag, Marvel Preview #4 (October 1975). He disappeared until July 1977 when he re-surfaced in MP #11 under the care of the new creative team of Chris Claremont, John Byrne, and Terry Austin (who would soon go on to make history with some mag with an "X" in the title...). In May 1978, Claremont teamed with a new artistic team: Carmine Infantino and Bob Wiacek to produce a more hard-sci-fi styled Star-Lord for MP #14, then that same team got it all together one more time in MP #15 (July 1978). In March 1979, Star-Lord finally appeared in full-color, under the creative team of Doug Moench, Gene Colan, and Tom Palmer in Marvel Super-Special #10 (March 1979). A couple months later, it was back to black and white for MP #18 where Moench was still writing, but for that ish, he was teamed with a new guy who would soon become a legend: Bill Sienkiewicz (with stunning inks by Bob McLeod). Not long after that, Star-Lord made his standard color comics debut in Marvel Spotlight Volume 2, in issues 6-7 (February-April 1980), once more with Moench at the typewriter who was joined by Charlton mainstay Tom Sutton on the art. That same team produced a third Star-Lord fable, but that one didn't see print until the final issue of Marvel Premiere (May 1981). Whew! That's a lot to read in order to get to these sensational splashes, huh? Weeelll--it's worth it! Blast off!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Funny Stuff: "See No Evil" by Doyle and DeCarlo

Question for ya, Groove-ophiles: what could be more fun than spending a day at the beach with Betty and Veronica? I couldn't think of anything, either! From Archie Giant Series Magazine #236 (July 1975), here's "See No Evil" by Frank Doyle and Dan DeCarlo!

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Black and White Wednesday: "Bad Choke" by Glut and Xirinius

Enter freely and of your own will, Groove-ophiles! Today we're cracking open our moldy copy of Skywald's Psycho #8 (cover-dated September 1972) to take a look at a classic short shocker by writer Don (Dr. Spektor, Dagar, Tragg) Glut and artist Jaime Juez Castella (aka Juez Xirinius). Ol' Groove loves those blackly humorous spooky stories that are built around really bad puns like..."Bad Choke!" Dig it!

And if you think they don't make 'em like this any more, check out The Creeps Magazine. Glut is writing brand new stories just like these for 'em and they're far-out!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Decent Comics: "The Destiny Machine" by Michelinie and Redondo

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! The team of David Michelinie and Nestor Redondo went bonkers (in a very cool way) on Swamp Thing #17's (April 1975) "The Destiny Machine." Cool story and art, but this just blew Young Groove away: robotic wolves! HowOOOO cool is that!?!
Dig that crease in the cover! That was caused by it being folded and mailed. Subscription copies of  70s comics were never in mint condition!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Marvel-ous Monday: "...Under the Name of Ritual--" by Conway, Colan, and Grainger

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! A few weeks ago (right 'chere) we rapped about Daredevil #77 and the DD/Sub-Mariner/Spider-Man free-for-all that ended with Spidey and Subby following a mysterious lady into another dimension via a tear-drop shaped mystic portal. Well, today we're gonna find out where our sensational super-heroes went--and what kinda trouble they got into! Sub-Mariner #40 was one of three extra-special comics that Dear Ol' Dad bought me to cheer me up while I was feeling under the weather one fateful Sunday in May 1971, so it's a sentimental fave. (The other two were Fantastic Four #112--Hulk vs. Thing, and Batman #232--the first appearance of Ra's al Ghul--yeah, DoD had great taste in comics--and a lotta luck, too, since the Batman comic was a couple months old! Ya had to love comicbook distribution in the 70s, baby!) Young Groove really dug the Gene Colan/Sam Grainger art, and Gerry Conway's story was pretty cool, too, especially that weird villain, Turalla. I still think it's a fun yarn. Hope you dig..."...Under the Name of Ritual--"
Cover art by George Tuska (Turalla looks like very Gene Colan-ish to moi), Frank Giacoia and John Romita.


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