Friday, February 23, 2018

Making a Splash: John Byrne's Groovy Age FF

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! We all know that in the 1980s, John Byne rocked the Fantastic Four (issues 232-293). Did'ja know that he drew several issues during the Groovy Age? Even wrote a couple! It's true (Issues 209-218, 220-221, May 1979-February 1980; March-April 1980)! Byrne joined writer Marv Wolfman as layout artist with FF mainstay Joe Sinnott finishing the pencils and inking (except for a fill-in by Pablo Marcos). Byrne helped Wolfman finish a pretty cool storyline featuring Galactus, the Nova Corps, and Nova's arch-foe The Sphinx--oh, and the comicbook debut of H.E.R.B.I.E.) then went on to do a few more storylines before writing and laying out issues 220-221. Although Sinnott's slick inks kept the FF looking consistently Marvel-ous, you could see Byrne's style come shining through, especially in the layouts and storytelling. Fun stuff that only gave us a glimpse of the glory that was to come in the 80s! Take a peek!

Thursday, February 22, 2018

The Boys from Derby: "The Curse of the Hanging Man" by Staton and Nicholas

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! You might not be able to tell it without studying the pages a bit, but "The Curse of the Hanging Man" from Ghost Manor Volume 2, Number 3 (December 1971) is actually Joe Staton's second Charlton job. Why is it so hard to tell? Charlton mainstay Charles Nicholas' heavy inks. Aren't you glad the editors quickly learned that the best inker for Joe Staton is Joe Staton?

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Black and White Wednesday: "Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog" by Conway and Brunner

Happy 69th Birthday, Frank Brunner! All of Groove-dom knows that Fearless Frank is one of Ol' Groove's fave Groovy Age artists (and what a pleasure it was to get to shake his hand at the Cincy Comic Expo a couple years ago). His slick, organic style just oozes power, beauty and cosmic wonder! Always did and always will! For proof, just check out his first published Warren job from Vampirella #10 (December 1970), "Eye of Newt, Toe of Frog" written by none other than Gerry Conway!

Thanks again for all the cool comics, Mr. Brunner--and many, many more happy b-days to ya!


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