Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Decent Comics: "Be It Ever So Deadly..." by Levitz, Staton, and Geilla

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! Paul Levitz and Joe Staton are back with another Justice Society epic for All Star Comics #73 (April 1978)! Huntress vs. Huntress! Wildcat's life on the line! And a mystery deepens for Dr. Fate and Hawkman, which will lead to the next ish! The only downside for Teen Groove was that inker Bob Layton was gone and his replacement was Joe Geilla. Geilla's a master, to be sure, but his inks didn't compliment Staton's pencils (again, imo) and took the mag from looking modern and cutting edge (for the late 70s) back to looking like a Silver Age mag (no offense to the Silver Age meant...).

















Monday, May 22, 2017

RIP Rich Buckler

I really, really hate writing this one. You've probably already heard that Rich Buckler passed away this past Friday, May 19 after a battle with cancer. I found out Saturday and my heart just broke. Rich was one of my early favorite artists with his art on Robin, Rose and Thorn, Avengers, Black Panther, and then Fantastic Four, Thor, Demon Hunter, and especially Deathlok. His post-Groovy Age art on World's Finest and later All-Star Squadron and Archie's Red Circle line were among my favorite comics as well. Rich's art was always an extra-special treat for me.

 A few years ago, thanks to this very blog, I got to "meet" Rich via e-mail and Facebook. Rich even wrote a passel of posts for us on and off for a while. I was happy/pleased/thrilled/keep on adding adjectives when Rich VOLUNTEERED to do those Groovy Guest posts. It was such an honor to get those messages and e-mails, to have him pour out his soul with those posts, send me the art he wanted to illustrate them, and then to trust me--and even compliment me on how great the posts looked.

I am so thankful that I got to tell Rich directly through messages and e-mails and indirectly through this blog just how much he meant to me. It was more than I could have ever dreamed of as a fan. Godspeed, Rich. You were a master and a gentleman. Thank you for...

And so very, very much more.

If you'd like to do something wonderful in Rich's memory, please consider joining Clifford Meth's  GoFundMe efforts to set up a scholarship in Rich's name at the Kubert School.


Friday, May 19, 2017

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: Groove's Favorite Covers from May 1972

Forty-five years ago this month, Groove-ophiles! Lessee...The Godfather was still ruling the box office...All In the Family was ruling the boob tube...and Roberta Flack ruled the radio with "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face." Best of all, at least for Young Groove, third grade was almost over and summer was on the way! What comics did I beat the heat with? Funny you should ask...
























This one was my mom's. I swear!





Yeah, these covers grabbed Young Groove (and the insides of most of 'em were pretty far-out, too). There were lots more, and you can view 'em here on Mike's Amazing World of Comics!

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