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Sergio Aragonés’ Groo the Wanderer Acquired for Animated Film and Television

Groo meets Tarzan

Sergio AragonésGroo the Wanderer is the latest comic property to be snatched for development for film or television. Josh Jones has acquired the animated film and television rights. Jones intends to produce an animated adaptation through his film company, Did I Err Productions.

Jones and Did I Err partner Scott Nocas with be the executive producers on the project with Aragonés and Groo writer Mark Evanier. The project has a focus for streaming.

Groo the Wanderer debuted in Destroyer Duck #1 in 1981 and has been published by a number of publishers including Marvel, Image, Dark Horse, and more. The character was published in his first regular series in 1982 by Pacific Comics. The comic’s longest run was 120 issues at Marvel but switched to Image Comics when Marvel began to have financial troubles. It lasted 12 issues at Image before legal issues forced it to switch to Dark Horse. There, the comic has seen mostly reprints and miniseries. The latest has the character crossing over with Tarzan.

The comedic series follows a barbarian who is a mighty swordsmand but utter disaster ine verything else.

Review: Groo Meets Tarzan #1

Groo Meets Tarzan #1

Groo Meets Tarzan is something I never knew I needed until I read it. I’ve read loads of Groo The Wanderer comics growing up but it’s been quite a while since I read any adventures of the cheese dip-loving idiot swordsman and his faithful dog, Rufferto. And by that same line, I’ve never read a Tarzan story. Never Ever.

Groo Meets Tarzan #1 opens at the 2021 San Diego Comic-Con. You know, the one that didn’t happen. Fans are rushing to meet Mark Evanier and Sergio Aragones, only it’s not for their creations but for being mistaken for other creations, which is really heating up Sergio. But the talk goes to the creation of a story, one where Tarzan and Groo meet each other. Sergio has booked this trip to a sketchy wildlife preserve to help gain some needed insight into the project. As nighttime takes Sergio to his dreams, the story is that of Tarzan, strong and reliable, chasing down slavers. The flipside is that of Groo and Rufferto, known to cause destruction wherever they go, being led to cheese dip where it won’t actually be. Both of these characters are well on their way to a meeting.

The writing on Groo Meets Tarzan blends fantasy action and comedy very well and maybe better than probably anyone would. Evanier has written Groo for many, many years but he got his work doing a lot of other, more serious work, and I think that even reading Groo as long as I have, I have more-or-less forgotten that he can do serious and do it well. All the comedy works (for me) as I was a long-time reader of Groo and I think the Groo reader probably has the easier time with this. It feels more like a Groo story.

Artistically speaking, this book blends the Thomas Yeates art nicely with Sergio Aragones’ work. This issue has all of Tarzan’s stuff by Yeates. There’s a good amount of back and forth between the art styles. Yeates opts for something a bit more refined than you’d normally see in a Groo book, lot more detail thrown into his linework. It wouldn’t be a Groo book if we didn’t have some epic two-page showcasing about too many people on a page with jokes all around and we get a good one near the beginning.

I don’t have a bad thing to say about Groo Meets Tarzan, other than they haven’t met yet. I’m not sure what will happen when they do. Fight? Eat cheese dip? Who knows until next month but Groo Meets Tarzan is not at all what I was expecting but I’m glad I read it. Mostly a funny story, but the Tarzan moments do throw some serious moments into the mix. It’s a very enjoyable comic showcasing that Sergio and Mark are the best at the comedy side of comics. I highly recommend it.

Story: Sergio Aragones and Mark Evanier Art: Sergio Aragones and Thomas Yeates
Colors by: Tom Luth Letterers: Stan Sakai (Groo pages)
and Adam Pruett (Tarzan pages)
Story: 9.0 Art: 7.0 Overall: 8.0 Recommendation: Buy

Dark Horse provided Graphic Policy with a FREE copy for review


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Jack Kirby’s Dingbat Love Assembles the Famed Creator’s Final Unseen Comics Work

Dingbat Love

Now shipping is Jack Kirby’s Dingbat Love, a new full-color hardcover presenting the final unpublished stories by the co-creator of the Marvel Universe.

Produced by TwoMorrows Publishing (in cooperation with DC Comics), it compiles a tempestuous trio of never-seen 1970s Kirby projects intended for DC Comics. These are the final complete, unpublished Jack Kirby stories in existence, presented here for the first time, and include: 

  • Two unused Dingbats of Danger Street tales (Kirby’s final Kid Gang group, inked by Mike Royer and D. Bruce Berry, and newly colored for this book). One of these stories is shown alongside Kirby’s pencil art, for a side-by-side comparison to the finished art.
  • True-Life Divorce, the abandoned newsstand magazine that was too hot for its time (reproduced from Kirby’s pencil art—and as a bonus, Mike Royer was commissioned to ink one of the stories).
  • Soul Love, the unseen ’70s romance book so funky, even a jive turkey will dig the unretouched inks by Vince Colletta and Tony DeZuniga. It’s presented in full-color as originally intended, along with unfinished inked pages.

The book’s editor, Kirby historian John Morrow, provides an in-depth examination of why these projects went unused, along with concept art and uninked pencils from Dingbats of Danger Street. Also featured are deluxe fold-out pages showcasing Kirby’s two-page spreads, essays by 1970s Kirby assistants Mark Evanier and Steve Sherman, and a remarkable collaboration between Jack Kirby and superstar painter Alex Ross.

Preview: Garfield: Snack Pack Vol. 3 SC

Garfield: Snack Pack Vol. 3 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint BOOM! Studios
Writers: Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel
Artist: Antonio Alfaro
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Price: $14.99

The Fat Cat returns for fun (and food) for all seasons, in this collection of sensational stories. Garfield steps into Wonderland as Jon reads to him, and then Jon is off to a seasonal vacation of his own~

Writers Mark Evanier (Garfield and Friends) and Scott Nickel team up with artist Antonio Alfaro for loads of comedy and carbs. 

Collects Garfield in Wonderland, Jon Arbuckle’s Very Important Summer Vacation, and Spring Breakup.

Garfield: Snack Pack Vol. 3 SC

Preview: Garfield: Snack Pack Vol. 2 SC

Garfield: Snack Pack Vol. 2 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint BOOM! Studios
Writer:  Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel
Artist: Antonio Alfaro, David Alvarez, David DeGrand
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Price: $14.99

The Fat Cat returns for fun (and food) for all seasons, in this collection of sensational seasonal stories. As the gang heads to the beach to soak up some rays, Jon and Liz hit bumpy waters, navigating a breakup just as a giant shark approaches. After the waters have calmed, Garfield and Odie audition for a reality show, and Garfield encounters nemeses old and new: a spooky ghoul who reaches out from the TV, and the fan-favorite Lasagna Monster.

Writers Mark Evanier (Garfield and Friends) and Scott Nickel team up with artists Antonio Alfaro, David DeGrand (Spongebob Comics), and more for loads of comedy and carbs.

Collects Garfield 2018 Vacation Time Blues #1 and Garfield 2018 TV Or Not TV? #1.

Garfield: Snack Pack Vol. 2 SC

Preview: Garfield: The Monday That Wouldn’t End OGN SC

Garfield: The Monday That Wouldn’t End OGN SC

Publisher: KaBOOM, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers:  Scott Nickel, Mark Evanier, Sarah Oleksyk
Artists: Antonio Alfaro, Sarah Oleksyk
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Price: $14.99

MONDAY BITES! It’s that most dreaded day and, of course, everything is going wrong, wrong, wrong for Garfield. But this is no ordinary Monday, and the frazzled feline finds himself stuck in a time loop, reliving the agony over and over and over. Can Garfield find a way to end this rotten day or will he be stuck forever?

Garfield and the gang are back in an all-new graphic novel with stories written by Scott Nickel and Mark Evanier (Garfield & Friends) and illustrated by series regular Antonio Alfaro. This volume also features a short story by cartoonist Sarah Oleksyk (Ivy).

Garfield: The Monday That Wouldn't End OGN SC

Preview: Garfield TV Or Not TV?

Garfield TV Or Not TV?

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Scott Nickel, Mark Evanier
Artist: Antonio Alfaro, Dave Alvarez
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $7.99

Garfield and the gang head out to audition for a new reality show. Meanwhile, a night in turns terrifying, as a creature reaches through the television and into Jon’s living room.

Preview: Garfield: Snack Pack Vol. 1 SC

Garfield: Snack Pack Vol. 1 SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel
Artist: Gary Barker, Antonio Alfaro, David DeGrand
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Steve Wands
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Price: $14.99

This anthology collection contains some of Garfield’s wildest adventures!

Included are Garfield’s team with with Pet Force, meeting a cat even more annoying than Nermal, and a Holiday showdown with the Lasagna Monster.

Preview: Garfield OGN Vol. 5: Trouble in Paradise SC

Garfield OGN Vol. 5: Trouble in Paradise SC

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writer: Scott Nickel, Mark Evanier
Artist: Antonio Alfaro, Dave Alvarez, Kyle Smart
Cover Artist: Andy Hirsch
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $9.99

When Jon wins a free vacation, he heads to the beach with Liz, Garfield, Odie, and Nermal for two weeks of fun in the sun. But will a super storm, a scary shark sighting—and an even scarier snack shortage —ruin the trip?

Preview: Garfield 2018 Vacation Time Blues

Garfield 2018 Vacation Time Blues

Publisher: KaBOOM!, an imprint of BOOM! Studios
Writers: Mark Evanier, Scott Nickel
Artists: Antonio Alfaro, David DeGrand
Cover Artists: Andy Hirsch
Colorist: Lisa Moore
Letterer: Jim Campbell
Price: $7.99

Jon and Liz are breaking up? Say it ain’t so…and if you thought giant sharks were the scariest things terrorizing the beach, just wait until the Lasagna Monster hits the shores!

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