Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Decent Comics: "Big Max" by Kirby and Royer

Whoooooo! Kirby two days in a row! Today we're gonna look back at another of the King's Losers masterpieces, "Big Max" from Our Fighting Forces #153 (November 1974). This one's pretty out there with Kirby's amazing precognitive abilities kinda/sorta "predicting" a situation eerily similar to his  own involvement in the 1979 Iran Hostage Crisis (Argo).  Oh, and wait'll you meet super-fan Rodney Rumpkin "Science Fiction Soldier" in this Mike Royer-inked WWII potboiler. Dig it!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Marvel-ous Mondays: "The Power of Ka-Zar!" by Lee and Kirby

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Is there a better way to kick off a new week than by looking back at a little-seen Stan Lee/Jack Kirby collaboration? Nuuuuh-uh! Here's one of Stan and Jack's last team-ups "The Power of Ka-Zar!" After a couple years without split-books (remember Tales to Astonish with Hulk and Sub-Mariner, Tales of Suspense with Captain America and Iron Man, and Strange Tales with S.H.I.E.L.D. and Dr. Strange?), Marvel brought the format back with Amazing Adventures (featuring the Inhumans and the Black Widow) and, the subject of today's post, Astonishing Tales with Dr. Doom and Ka-Zar! After playing around with Ka-Zar as a guest-star in a variety of Marvel mags and then in an ish of Marvel Super-Heroes (#19), Marvel's first swingin' super-hero (hey, he was around--or at least a version of him was around--in the pulps before Marvel Comics #1 was even published, baby!) was finally given a regular strip. Lord Kevin Plunder remained in AT for 20 issues (May 1970-July 1973), then graduated to his own self-titled mag that ran for 20 issues of its own (October 1974-November 1976). Okay, enuff with that blabbin'--here's "The Power of Ka-Zar!" from Astonishing Tales #1!
Cover art by Marie Severin and Bill Everett

Inks by Sam Grainger!

Friday, September 23, 2016

The Grooviest BACK Covers of All Time: Basil Wolverton Goes Plop!

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! The amazing Basil Wolverton provided the creepy/crazy/cool covers for the first fourteen issues of PLOP! but did you know that for the first ten issues he also provided the back covers? S'truth! Y'see, the first ten issues of DC's Magazine of Weird Humor was an ad-free enterprise. The back covers were what we'd now call "virgin covers", showcasing the art from the front cover with no copy. Even more importantly, the art was printed in an even larger size on the back cover, giving us a greater glimpse of Wolverton's gloriously grotesque but gleefully goofy guys and gals...

And, oh, yeah! Dig those wild and crazy Sergio Aragones cartoons beguiling us from the background!


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