Friday, September 4, 2015

Bronze Age - Talented Showcase!

Joe Staton and Dick Giordano
One of my favorite artists is the magnificent Joe Staton. Joe rumbled around the comic book universe in the early 70's trying to latch on and made his mark first at Charlton with E-Man and other projects. He came over to DC and made quite the splash on titles like All-Star Comics (Justice Society of America), Adventure Comics (Plastic Man), and Green Lantern among others. One of his most memorable early efforts is the exotic and wildly entertaining Showcase #100, a book which teamed up nearly every character who had appeared in those varied pages.


Here are Joe's pencils for that remarkable cover which stood out in a time before the Crisis on Infinite Earths and other projects which rallied countless characters time after time. Love this drawing of Creeper, Aquaman, Atom, Flash, Green Lantern, Lois Lane, Metal Men, Space Ranger, Adam Strange, Spectre, Dove and Hawk, and many others.


And here's an ad for that most special comic book written by Paul Kupperberg and Paul Levitz, one I cherish to this day, a day in which comic books rarely last long enough to see one hundred issues anymore.

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3 comments:

  1. One of my favorite comics of all time! THIS is how an epic is done! The two Pauls and Joe gave us tons of action, thrills, laughs, and wonder...in 34 pages! I'm saving this one for a very special post, myself...

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    1. Intoxicating is how I remember it. In a time when epics were rare (summertime crossovers in JLA, the Avengers-Defenders clash, etc.) this one was a special special marking an important milestone with a bravura effort by all concerned.

      Looking forward to what you have up your digital sleeve Groove.

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  2. That was a fun comic book when I was a kid, and educational me at the time who didn't know all the heroes that showed up in Showcase! If I recall correctly, the crowded pages didn't look that crowded either which is a testament to him.

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