Friday, April 28, 2017

Making a Splash: Kerry Gammill's Groovy Age Power Man and Iron Fist

Whazzup, Groove-ophiles! Ol' Groove doesn't know why we've never rapped about Kerry Gammill's su-poib Power Man and Iron Fist art, but we're gonna rectify that sitch today (or is that "two days"--two days past Kerry's 63rd birthday, that is)! Writer Mary Jo Duffy had been working with another fine young artist, Trevor Von Eeden, to make PM/IF one of Marvel's most fun and satisfying mags of the late Groovy Age. Kerry Gammill took over the penciling with PM/IF #61 and immediately, for Teen Groove at least, took the mag to a whole 'nuther level. His pencils were a truly Marvel-ous combo of John Buscema and Gene Colan, but, at the same time, totally their own thing. Gammill drew issues 61-68, 70-72, 74, 75, and 77-79 (November 1979-December 1981), going slightly beyond the Groovy Age. I still think these pages are amazing, having recently re-read them in the first Power Man/Iron Fist Epic Collection. Wanna check out his Groovy Age era splashes? Then here ya go!








If you ask nicely, Ol' Groove could very easily be persuaded to share Kerry's post-Groovy Age PM/IF splashes with ya sometime soon. Just sayin'.


7 comments:

  1. I picked up PM/IF about the time Gammill began his stint. To me, this was one of Marvel's best series at the time. I finally decided to subscribe and Gammill promptly left soon after....which was pretty standard fare for any comic I subscribed to.

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    1. I subscribed to Challengers of the Unknown in the 60s only to have it immediately discontinued. At least DC sent my dollar back, along with a nice letter explaining what had happened.

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  2. Gammill era PM/IF will always be my favorite!!

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  3. Kerry Gammill was one of those guys that could do no wrong, much like Jerry Ordway or Bob MacLeod. His Power M<an and Iron Fist material was the apex of the title artistically. Never seen a black and white Kerry Gamill job. Do you know of any, Groovy One?

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    1. Groove posted this not so long ago.
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  4. Thanks for the Gammill black and white Conan. I also snagged the Essential Power Man/Iron Fist 1 collection with loads of Gammill in black and white recently. That stuff really does kick tail. His later Superman stuff was just as good.

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