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Thursday, June 29, 2006

What Made Comics Groovy! Part 5: Sal Buscema

You thought Ol' Groove had deserted you, didn't you? Naw, I just decided that the blog was so doggoned time consuming (takes me hours, believe it or not) that I'd make it weekly instead of daily. And to start the weekly blog off with a bang, here's an overview of the first comicbook artist I ever called "my favorite"!

While he didn't receive the critical acclaim of his late brother, John, Silvio "Sal" Buscema was (and still is) one of comics' greatest artists. A master of storytelling, Sal's art crackled with energy reminiscent of Jack (King) Kirby, himself. His speed and dependability were legendary. If an artist missed a deadline, nine times out of ten, the job was saved by "Our Pal" Sal. Because of this, Sal probably drew every Marvel character during the Groovy Age, whether it be in Marvel Team-Up, Marvel Two-In-One, or their own mag.

Sal Buscema was one of the reasons Ol' Groove got hooked on comics. While Li'l Groove was picking up a comic here and there for most of his life, it was issues 88 and 89 of the Avengers that turned him onto the path of comicbook fiend (at least, that's what his family and friends called him). Those covers leapt out at me, grabbed me by the shirt and screamed, "Buy me!"--so I did. And from then on, I was never the same (hey--you just got the origin of the Groovy Agent--free of charge!). Soon, I found back issues (thanks to aunts and uncles with great taste in reading material) filled with Sal's work. He had been drawing Sub-Mariner, inking Silver Surfer and Conan, and supplying covers galore (even for comics he rarely drew, like Iron Man and Daredevil). Before long, Sal was the regular artist on Captain America, my second favorite title (Avengers being the favorite, natch). From then on there was no separating me from anything Sal had a hand in. Defenders, the aforementioned Marvel Team-Up and Marvel Two-In-One, the Incredible Hulk, Skull the Slayer, Nova, Ms. Marvel, Spectacular Spider-Man, Tarzan, Rom: Spaceknight, and fill-ins galore. Though many times he was doing "breakdowns" (sparse layouts to indicate what was happening on the page to the "finisher" and/or inker), plus the fact that his style (especially when doing breakdowns) left him pretty much at the mercy of whomever was inking him, I could always depend on "Our Pal" to entertain me. Whether it was groundbreaking superhero drama (his work with Steve Englehart on Captain America), all-out superheroics (Avengers, Nova) or superhero insanity (literally!--meaning his run with Steve Gerber on the Defenders), Sal packed every page with drama, action, and fun.

He's in semi-retirement, now, after having made new fans and admirers even past the Groovy Age (well into the 1990s). Sal has always stood for quality comics. Sal, we salute you, pal!!

--Agent Out!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Stormy...







No, not the song by the Classics IV. Not even the lovely elemental mutant from the X-Men. The real thing--thunder-boomers! Too many of 'em to stay online for long, so enjoy the pic and seeya next week!

--Agent Out!

Thursday, June 22, 2006

What Made Comics Groovy! Part 4: F.O.O.M.














In late 1972/early 1973, Marvel Comics created the greatest comicbook fan-club ever, F.O.O.M. (Friends Of Ol' Marvel). Li'l Groovy Agent was a charter member, sending off his $2.50 before the ink was dry on the comic the first ad appeared in.

Oh, what wonders I beheld the fateful day the mailman delivered my membership kit! I was greeted by an envelope completely covered with the Incredible Hulk's face (the mailing label was in his mouth!)! Wild! I ripped that sucker open to get to the more important goodies inside: a "gold-finished" membership card, several stickers featuring the Thing, the Sub-Mariner and other heroes, and the fabulous official F.O.O.M. poster! But that wasn't all. Nope, the first issue of F.O.O.M. magazine was hiding in there amongst all the other goodies. I could see Smilin' Stan Lee's face (portrait courtesy Steranko) peepin' out at me! I'd read Marvel and worshipped the Bullpen like most kids on my block did, but this was the first time I had an inkling of what they looked like. Inside, the first (and most every) issue was info on and pics of various members of the Marvel Bullpen. It was a thrill to get to see what my real-life comicbook heroes looked like. Also in every issue of F.O.O.M. magazine were tons of preview covers and news (kind of like Previews or the internet comics sites), hero histories, conceptual art, rejected covers, puzzles and games, contests ( I entered the create-a-hero contest--didn't win, of course, but did get my name printed in a list with other contestants on the inside back cover of ish 3). It was enough to make a comics fiend like li'l Groove go even nuttier over comics than before. And the covers! What covers F.O.O.M. magazine had! Words can't describe them--you'll just have to see them for yourself! And in case you're wondering, the back covers weren't too shabby, either! See?

The thing that made Marvel so cool back in the Groovy Age was the feeling that the Bullpen were your friends. That you were part of something great. F.O.O.M. took that feeling and made it official--if you were a part of F.O.O.M. you were a part of something great! No one else but a full-fledged F.O.O.M.er got inside information like we saw in the magazine. None but a F.O.O.M.er could enter the contests, join the forum (yeah, they had a reader's forum in the mag), and crack the secret codes (from the Bullpen Bulletin pages). Only F.O.O.M.ers had the heads up on what was going to happen months down the road. (Now the doors are flung wide open for the whole world to see--doesn't seem as much fun that way. But I digress...)

As with all good things, F.O.O.M. came to and end just a year or so short of the end of the Groovy Age. But what great memories it left!

--Agent Out!

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Pulp Nostalgia!


Back in the Groovy Age, you could go to any library, drugstore, grocery store, five-and-dime, or bookstore and find a treasure-trove of paperbacks reprinting the exploits of heroes (and anti-heroes) of the Golden Age of pulps (mostly 1930s vintage). What a world of wonders these books opened up for ol' Groove! Though more expensive than my beloved comics (a normal comic at the time was going for twenty to twenty-five cents, while paperbacks went from about ninety-five cents to a buck and a quarter), these superheroes of the printed page found their way into my sweaty little palms with some regularity--especially those starring Tarzan, Doc Savage, the Shadow, Conan, and the Avenger! Now, at the time I didn't know that these were the archetypes of fellas like Superman and Batman--I just knew they were awesome!

In reality, I'd been introduced to these heroes through comics. True! Marvel was publishing Conan and Doc Savage (first in a standard color comic, later in a black and white magazine), while DC was churning out Tarzan (Marvel took over the reins in the late 70s), Justice, Inc. (the Avenger--couldn't confuse the original with Marvel's super-team, y'know), and the Shadow. (There's another future column for ya!) So, I had a few issues of each of the above-mentioned heroes in my comicbook collection before I discovered their original pulp stories reprinted in paperback form via great publishers like Pyramid (The Shadow), Bantam (Doc Savage and The Avenger), Ace (Conan), and Ballantine (Tarzan).

I know, many of them started publishing their books well before the Groovy Age, but I'm not cheatin'! Nope, 'cause as I said in the first paragraph, by the time the Groovy Age was in full swing, the book racks were filled with pulpy goodness. Not only that, but the aforementioned companies kept most of the pulp heroes in print all throughout the 70s.

The Groovy Age of pulp reprints sported the most dynamic and eye-catching covers you could imagine! Jim Steranko (former comics savant) provided haunting covers for the Shadow. Neal Adams (him again!) grabbed your eyeballs with his Tarzan covers. Ace was smart enough to continue using the tried-and-truly astounding covers by Frank Frazetta on their Conan reprints. By the mid-70s, the awe-inspiring James Bama handed the Doc Savage covers over to a variety of lesser-known artists until Bantam tapped emerging superstar Boris Vallejo (Vallejo also took over the Tarzan covers after Adams stopped doing them). What a visual feast! You could buy the books for their covers alone and feel like you were getting a deal!

Ah, but then you'd be cheating yourself from some great reading! Action, adventure, and intrigue flew from the pages of these pulsating paperbacks! No one could write an action scene like Lester Dent (aka Kenneth Robeson). No one could set up a mystery like Walter Gibson (better known as Maxwell Grant). For sheer savagery, nobody beats Robert E. Howard. And for grand adventure, Edgar Rice Burroughs has no peer. These authors proved that pulp nostalgia during the Groovy Age wasn't just a fad, but a way to keep the work of great authors (and, of course, their signature characters) alive. Ah, I know what you're thinking. "Doc Savage, Tarzan, the Shadow, the Avenger, Conan--is that it? Is that the whole 'pulp nostalgia' gamut?" Nope. Those were just Ol' Groove's favorites (and still are!). Burroughs' Martian series (another fave--another column!), Captain Future, Kull, and Solomon Kane were also dusted off and given new life in paperback. There were lots of others, too, but Ol' Groove couldn't keep up with everything back then (a buck a week allowance only went so far)! But hey, Google is your friend if you want more info.

For those of you who remember the Groovy Age of pulp paperbacks, I hope I've taken you for a short and sweet walk down memory lane. For those of you who've never had the pleasure of perusing those pulp paperback pleasures, eBay is filled with 'em, so try a few! (But you'd better not be the one outbidding Ol' Groove when I go after a copy myself!)

--Agent Out!

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

What Made Comics Groovy! Part 3: Jim Aparo

While trying to figure out what to write about today, it hit me. We lost comicbook artist Jim Aparo a year ago this month. A year ago yesterday, to be precise. With that in mind, Ol' Groove is gonna pay tribute to the great J.A.!

My introduction to the art of Jim Aparo (or at least, the first time I took notice of it) was in Aquaman. As a pre-schooler, Ol' Groove loved to watch the Aquaman cartoons, so it was only natural that when the comic bug bit 'im, Aquaman was one of the first comics he gravitated to. This legendary run, in conjunction with the magnificent Steve Skeates (writer) and icon Dick Giordano (editor) was fantastic! Filled to overflowing with, not only slam-bang superheroics, but huge doses of sci-fi and fantasy, Aquaman became one of DC's best selling titles (I've heard that it even outsold Superman for a time!) When the "relevance" trend (comics that dealt with specific social issues of the day) hit comics in the early 1970s, Aquaman was the perfect vehicle to deal with pollution and ecology. Aparo's art gave every issue, no matter what genre it spotlighted, a flair unlike most any other DC comic of its time.

I went ape over Aparo with Brave and the Bold #100. In that issue, Batman teamed up with Green Lantern, Green Arrow, Black Canary, and Robin to stop a drug smuggling operation. Actually, Batman didn't team up with that list of luminaries; he'd been shot and confined to a hospital bed, so he acted as the brains of the operation while the others were more his agents. Anyway it was a great story (still love it to this day), but it was Aparo's work that really jumped out at me. Aparo had a long run on Brave and the Bold (issues 98 through 200 with very few "interruptions" by other artists). In fact, Aparo's dependability made him part of an elite group in the 70s, as most comics professionals (especially artists) weren't very interested on staying on any one title for too long a time. Thus, Brave and the Bold, in no small part due to the art of Jim Aparo, was one of DC's consistently great titles, month in, month out.

Aparo did a few issues of Detective Comics during the Groovy Age, as well. Beginning with the first issue of Archie Goodwin's legendary run (Detective #437), and on and off through the famous "Batman: Murderer" arc with Len Wein and Julie Schwartz that directly followed the Goodwin issues. To my eyes between this work and his work on B&B, Aparo became the definitive Batman artist of the Groovy Age. (Not knocking Neal Adams, Marshall Rogers, or Michael Golden--I'll get to them later, promise!)

Another book Aparo made his own was the Phantom Stranger. Coupled (usually) with writer Len Wein, this book was a solid, suspenseful, and compelling read. More horror than superhero, the Phantom Stranger was wholly original. Aparo could cut loose with monsters, demons, and deep, spooky shadows. One of the most underrated comics ever!

When Aparo left Phantom Stranger, he did it to move on to my favorite Aparo run--the Spectre strip in Adventure Comics (issues 431 through 440). It was on this controversial strip that Aparo really cut loose! His Spectre dealt harsh justice to some of the nastiest criminals ever. The bad guys were EVIL in this strip, harsh, murderous slime. So the "justice" meted out by the Spectre was just as nasty. One bad guy was cut in half by a giant pair of scissors. Another was turned into wood and sawed up with a chain saw. Another turned into a mannequin and left to melt in a fire. Another...but you get the idea. The thing is, as wild and outrageous as the situations were, Aparo drew them with style and class. He never resorted to the cheap shot. He always kept in mind that there were children among his audience. But he always achieved giving me goosebumps!

When Adventure #441 appeared, the Spectre wasn't in it--but Jim Aparo was. Aquaman (remember him?) graduated from back-up to lead feature when the Spectre was discontinued. Once again, Aparo rose to the task and turned out many memorable, fun, and sometimes downright beautiful pages of undersea superhero action.

Aparo did tons of other work during the Groovy Age, especially short horror tales in a variety of DC mystery comics (like House of Mystery, House of Secrets, etc.) He continued doing fine work after the Groovy Age as well. Do a google or eBay search on Jim Aparo and get to know his work first hand. You won't be disappointed!

--Agent Out!

Monday, June 19, 2006

Happy (day after your) Birthday, Sir Paul!


Yesterday, was Sir Paul McCartney's birthday. Today, however, is just another day. For those of you who thought the birthday was coming up, you're late. If you're a big fan who forgot about it, don't feel so bad. Put on a brave face. Press on. If you feel pain, time will take it away. Besides, with a little luck, you won't forget next year. I didn't forget, but I don't blog on weekends.

Maybe I'm amazed that more people didn't realize it was McCartney's birthday. Didn't talk to anyone who knew it. I told a few people to let 'em in on what I thought was a pretty cool birthday. Not too many people were interested. After a few "I've had enough" looks, I let the topic drop. Live and let die, I always say.

To celebrate a birthday such as Sir Paul's, I thought the best thing to do would be to listen to what the man said--or at least what the man sang and played. So I did. I can't describe my love for Sir Paul's 70s music. His work with Wings, as well as his solo work throughout the Groovy Age, was pretty doggoned awesome. Can you think of the names of any of his songs, right off the top of your head?

But really, why am I bothering to talk about such a famous person's birthday. Lots of birthday's go completely unnoticed. I doubt anyone will notice when I'm sixty-four.

Have a good night, tonight and a great day tomorrow.

--Agent Out

Friday, June 16, 2006

Groovy Game Shows!



Yep, the ol' Groovy Agent was watching the boob-tube last night--Game Show Marathon, to be precise--and thought last night's ep wasn't so hot, I'm definitely looking forward to next week's Match Game episode. And that got me thinking...

The Groovy Age had more than its share of outstanding game shows, so I thought I'd rap about a few of 'em.

Match Game: The best of the best. The number 1 daytime game show for most of its 1973-1979 run. Host Gene Rayburn was nominated for 5 Emmys. And the regulars (Brett Somers, Charles Nelson Reilly, and Richard Dawson--usually accompanied by Betty White, Gary Burghoff, and Fannie Flagg) had to be the funniest celebrities ever! No scripts, just off-the-cuff remarks, quips, and double entendres galore. The premise was simple: the host (Rayburn) would read a silly sentence with a key word left blank; the contestants and celebrities would think of the best word to fill in the blank, and the contestant who matched the celebrity answers most often won. The fun came from Rayburn's hilarious delivery of the questions, and how silly (or usually dirty--without sounding dirty) the answers could be. The stuff that went on along with/instead of the game--in other words, the celebrities just being zany--made the show great. I'll never forget Richard Dawson pretending his magic marker was a blow-gun and shouting "You die, b'wana!" just before pretending to shoot host Rayburn with it. Of course, Rayburn, being the gracious host, did a perfectly gut-bustingly funny death scene. You had to see it to really "get" it, so just trust Ol' Groove (or if you're lucky enough, watch it on the Game Show Network), it was hi-larious. (Can't wait to see how they handle this next week on Game Show Marathon!)

Gong Show: Everyone's heard of it, but how many of you experienced it? Ol' Groove never missed an episode, from it's debut exactly 30 years ago this week (!) to the bitter end (aka the Gong Show Movie). There was never a host like Chuck Barris (who also created, among other shows, the Newlywed Game--using the money he made from penning the hit song "Palisades Park"--and was an operative for the CIA if his "autobiography", Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, is to be believed (cough, cough--saw the movie--cough). Anyway, Barris was the funniest host I ever saw. Forget the crazy contestants (well, some were hard to forget--like the kid who burped the alphabet, just fer an instance), forget the silly celebrities (Steve Martin and Jamie Farr showed up quite often), you can even forget the Unknown Comic and Gene, Gene the Dancing Machine (though I wouldn't recommend it). Barris was the show. His nervous delivery, as well as nervous habits like clapping when he talked, wearing crazy hats pulled down over his eyes--and carrying a hockey stick, made him a joy to watch. Was he scared? Probably. Was he high? Probably! Was he funny? Definitely!! After a contestant was gonged, he'd say something like, "I don't know why they did that. I liked your act. But then again, I like prickley heat." So deadpan and sincere--but so silly. Barris was a true original! If this show ever makes it to DVD, Ye Olde Groovy Agent will be the first in line to buy it! (Meantime, he just might have to break down and subscribe to TVShows.org since they show some eps there...)
You can check out some classic clips here.

Whew. That's a lot of info! Since those were my faves (excepting the long-running Price Is Right, but you know all about that, right?), I'll just list a few more. If you want info/links about any of them, give a shout!

Family Feud. The New Treasure Hunt. High Rollers. The $10, 000 Pyramid. The Joker's Wild. Tattle Tales. Card Sharks. Wheel of Fortune. The $1.98 Beauty Contest. And there were more short-lived ones, not to mention those that premiered before the Groovy Age and were still running... But Ol' Groove thinks he's done enough damage for this time out!

--Agent Out!

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Groovy Movies!



The old Groovy Agent took time out to catch the AFI special, 100 Years, 100 Cheers, that came on CBS last night. Not a bad program, considering I always wonder what in the world they're going to find 100 of to celebrate next time.

Anyhow, I noticed that about 20% of the movies in the survey came from the Groovy Age (I'll have to define that term for you guys one'a these days, huh? For now, just trust me--the Groovy Age lasted from about 1968 to 1980...) I won't list 'em all, but some Groovy Age faves that showed up on last night's list were Rocky, Star Wars (the 1977 original--I refuse to add all that other junk to the title! It was STAR WARS, doggone it!), One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Sounder, Coal Miner's Daughter, and Serpico. A lot of those flicks showed up on their past surveys as well. (If you missed any or all of the other surveys, check 'em out on the AFI link above--you'll be glad you did!)

While I agreed with a lot of the choices, a lot more had me scratching my head. But rather than making a rant out of this column (my goal is to keep the Pad positive!), I'll just list some Groovy Age movies that I think should have made the list of "most inspirational."

1) Superman: The Movie. With all the publicity coming up about Superman Returns, plus the fact that the story of Superman (and the movie in particular) is one of the most inspiring in all of American fiction, I was particularly surprised this flick didn't make the cut. It ranks with Rocky and other films that show someone rising from impossible odds to greatness (from a dying planet to worldwide hero--THAT'S INSPIRATIONAL!)

2) Charlotte's Web. Babe made it--why not the original "some pig", Wilbur? Can anything be more inspiring than a devoted friend who'll risk all to save her friend's life? Charlotte has inspired children for generations, and I think she should've made the cut. (Special note: Did you know Earl Hamner, creator of the Waltons, wrote the screenplay?)

3) Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Like Superman (and Rocky, and Luke Skywalker in Star Wars, and on and on...), here's the story of a person who has no future(Charlie Bucket)--nothing to look forward to, but perseverance and some good luck turns his whole life around. And the music! Candyman and Pure Imagination--those songs inspire!

4) Saturday Night Fever! Rocky set to music (loving or hating disco has nothing to do with it!)! John Travolta! 'Nuff Said!

5) The Poseidon Adventure. Yeah, it was a disaster movie. Yeah, a lot of people died. But are there many more inspirational and heroic characters than Gene Hackman's Reverend Frank Scott? "Greater love hath no man..." Sure inspires the ol' Groovy Agent!

How about you? Do you have some Groovy Age films that you think should have been on the list? Let me know!

Until next time...

--Agent Out!

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

What Made Comics Groovy! Part 2: Neal Adams' DC Covers

These three images pretty much say it all. Though it was "cooler" to be a Marvel fan back in the early 70s, DC editors were wise and wiley enough to know that a Neal Adams cover could sell any comic. Adams rarely (at least by 1970/71) did insides (he was doing most of his interior work for Marvel: the Inhumans in Amazing Adventures and the Avengers in, er, Avengers--it was mostly Batman for DC--hey, three more future columns there!), so lots of times it was kind of "bait-and-switch"--Adams on the cover, Bob Brown, Irv Novick, Curt Swan (just for example) on the insides. Not complaining, though--Messrs. Brown, Novick, and Swan were doing top-notch work. Ironically, Ol' Groove read the above comics until the covers fell off!

Besides being three of my personal faves (bought right off the spinner rack at the then local King Kwik), notice the storytelling in those three covers! You could pretty much tell what the book was going to be about just by glancing at them. Now THEM's comicbook covers, Bunky!

There are tons more examples of Mr. Adams' cover art (pre-and post-Groovy Age as well), so I'd suggest a run at Google if the above links don't sate your appetite for more Adams Awesomeness!

--Agent Out!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

What Made Comics Groovy! Part 1: Steve Englehart

Why start with Steve Englehart? No real reason, except he's one of the creators who consistently wowed the Groovy Agent throughout most of the 1970s. His work first came to my attention on the Beast (yep, the same furry character played so well by Kelsey Grammar in X3) series that ran in Amazing Adventures. About the same time, he took over my two favorite comics of all time: Avengers and Captain America. Before long, he was everywhere, including co-creating two of my all-time favorite characters, Shang Chi--Master of Kung Fu and Star-Lord (in Marvel Preview), plus a run on my favorite cosmic hero, Captain Marvel (or Mar-vell, so as not to be confused with the original, SHAZAM- shouting version over at DC). Oh, and he actually got me into reading Dr. Strange, had a great run on the Defenders...helped adapt Doc Savage (which introduced me to the paperbacks reprinting the pulps which I love and will no doubt write a future column on)...etc., etc., and etc. What I'm trying to say is...he did a lot of great comics for Marvel in the early to mid-70s.

Now, it wasn't just the fact that Mr. Englehart wrote comics that I already loved (Avengers, Cap, Defenders, etc.) or that he had a knack for making me love new (or at least, new to me) characters (Shang Chi, Doc Savage). No, Steve E. had a magic touch. He took what Stan Lee and Roy Thomas hammered and honed and perfected into what we call the "Marvel Age" of comics and took it to another level.

For example, today, it seems the soap opera aspect is the main draw in superhero comics. Englehart did the same thing. In fact, he made the soap opera aspect more important than just about anyone who came before him, but he did it in the midst of all the slam-bang Marvel-style action you could hope for. Yeah, the talking heads of today might be more realistic than Cap and Iron Man discussing Scarlet Witch and Vision's love-life while battling dinosaurs, but it sure was a lot more fun!

Y'know, Ol' Groove will have to devote a several future columns to Steve Englehart and his exceptional work, because there's just so doggone much of it! (I mean, I haven't even mentioned his work at DC on Batman in Detective Comics! Or on the Justice League, or on Mr. Miracle, or...) So let it be known: Groovy Agent will devote at least four more columns to the work of Steve Englehart! He will definitely clue you in on Mr. E's runs on Avengers, Captain America, Shang Chi, and Batman. Stay tuned!

--Agent Out!

Addendum: I failed to mention that Mr. E. has teamed up with his "Dark Knight" partner, penciler Marshall Rogers for a new western one-shot coming out this month from Marvel: Strange Westerns (starring the Black Rider). You can read more about it at Newsarama by clicking here. Sounds pretty cool!

Monday, June 12, 2006

Call Me...BOBBY!


Yeah, so on a message board I frequent, there was a link to a test to see which 70s teen idol you are. Of course, I hadda take it. Why? I don't know...guess it has to do with curiosity and dead cats! So, anyway, according to the test, I'm Bobby Sherman, heart-throb of the pre-teen/tween/teen set back in the late 60s and early 70s.

Bobby Sherman was an actor and singer of some moderate success. You'd most likely remember him (if you remember him at all) as one of the stars of "Here Come the Brides" (which also starred another 70s icon--David Soul, later of "Starsky and Hutch" fame) , which ran on ABC from 1967-1970. He had a hit with the show's theme, "Seattle", and other hits with "Cried Like A Baby", "Julie, Do Ya Love Me?", and "Make Your Own Kind of Music" (a cover of the Mama Cass song played on the season 2 opener of "Lost", just so you don't think Ol' Groove is totally out of touch with what's happening today!).

Bobby, by the way, was my sister's first "idol" (I'm pretty sure she was in kindergarten at the time). That was probably because he was the only "teen idol" to appear on Larry Smith's "Hattie the Witch and Friends" puppet/cartoon show (a local Cincinnati kiddie show on WXIX we were hooked on back in the day--I'll tell you lots more about that show in the future--just remind me if I forget).

And, as coincidence would have it, "Here Come the Brides" was released on DVD last month. Hey, now Ol' Groove knows what to get sis on her b-day!
Anyway, if you want to take the test, follow this link: http://www.selectsmart.com/FREE/select.php?client=70sTeenIdols
Are YOU Bobby Sherman? Donny Osmond? David Cassidy? or even (shudder) Leif Garrett? Check it out and good luck!

--Agent Out!

Welcome!


Well, the ol' Groovy Agent has decided to take the plunge into the blogosphere. Dunno how often I'll be adding content, but I'll do my best to make what's added worthwhile. Check back later (today? tomorrow?) to see what I come up with as the first official topic. If you have any suggestions for a topic, ask, and I'll see what I can do!

P.S. The pic of The Groovy Agent is by Jim Steranko from the cover of Weird Heroes #2, first published back in 1975!

--Agent Out!