Monday, April 24, 2017

Marvel-ous Mondays: "And Then Came...Blockbuster!" by Edelman and Mooney

Greetings, Groove-ophiles! Today we're looking back at Omega the Unknown #7 (December 1976), the first of two fill-in issues ordered by Jim Shooter (who was acting as Marvel's Editor-In-Chief, although Archie Goodwin still had the title). Shooter's goal was to get Marvel back on track schedule-wise. He ordered lots of fill-ins and short back-up features to help keep Marvel from publishing any more reprints-as-fillers since 1976 was filled to overflowing with them (1977 had its share of 'em, too, but that's fodder for another column). According to Scott Edelman from his very own website (you can read it for yourself if ya wanna), OtU was in danger of falling to the Dreaded Deadline Doom for some reason or another. In order to head the problem off at the pass, Shooter took Edelman and Roger Stern to dinner to tell them that they were to write fill-ins that wouldn't upset the continuity of Omega (in other words, no major changes to the status quo--such as it was under regular writers Steve Gerber and Mary Skrenes). And he needed those stories right away. Edelman managed to get the art done by regular OtU artist Jim Mooney. You can find out next month who drew Stern's ish (if you don't already know!). Anyway, Ol' Groove feels Edelman did a pretty good job of keeping the ball rolling with "And Then Came...Blockbuster!"
Cover art by Dave Cockrum

Friday, April 21, 2017

The Grooviest Covers of All Time: More Conan by Barry (Windsor-) Smith

Dig it, Groove-ophiles! It's been many, many moons since we last planted our peepers on some suh-weeeet Barry (Windsor-) Smith Conan the Barbarian covers--in fact it was way back here in 2009! Here's another half-dozen to go with that half-dozen, and these are far-out to the extreme, as well. Of course, Ol' Grooves of the mind that most any and/or all of BWS' Conan the Barbarian covers should be made into posters! Enjoy, baby!
To all you former FOOMers out there: you know this one was made into a poster!

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Funny Stuff: "The Close Shaves of Pauline Peril" by Connell and Manning

Check it out, Groove-ophiles! Here's a short-lived but oh-so-hip and cool comic from Gold Key: The Close Shaves of Pauline Peril #1 (March 1970). Written and created by Disney/Gold Key great Del Connell (creator of Super Goof and Space Family Robinson/Lost In Space, to boot!) and illustrated by Hanna-Barbera/Dell/Gold Key stalwart (and quite an artistic innovator as you'll see in the following pages) Jack Manning, Pauline Peril was another in the line of Paulines (and Penelopes and Loises get the idea) who get into--well--perilous situations that make for fun comicbook reading. This Pauline is a mod, with-it reporter for the Daily Noose (which just happens to be owned by her uncle) whose editor wants her dead (because he'll just happen to gain ownership of the Noose with Pauline out of the way) and who goes on exciting adventures to bring us the news. The mag lasted only four issues, but it deserved to run much longer. Whaddya think?


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