One of the best and most beloved series of the Groovy Age was, without a doubt, Archie Goodwin and Walt Simonson's Manhunter, which ran from issues 437-443 (July 1973-July 1974) of Detective Comics. Young Groove loved it, most of fandom--and pro-dom--did, too, as it won award after award during that fateful year. (You can read more about the behind-the-scenes of Manhunter here.) One of the most innovative and daring things Goodwin and Simonson did on the strip (and we're talking about an entire series that was filled to overflowing with innovation and daring) was to, not only complete the strip, but end it with the death of the hero. Goodwin knew he was leaving the editorship of 'Tec with ish 443, so he and Simonson decided to bring Manhunter from the back of 'Tec to team him up with The Batman in this full-out, blockbuster style ending to end all endings, "Gotterdammerung"! T'was a wise decision that led to one masterpiece of comic art. You're gonna love this, Groove-ophiles!
|Cover art by Jim Aparo|