In the late sixties, Sergio collaborated on the creation and scripts for Bat
Lash, a short-lived western comic from DC that is fondly remembered by
everyone who ever read a copy. Sergio not only figured out the plots but actually
figured into a couple of them. His co-writer, Denny O'Neil, decided to turn one
of the characters into Sergio, and artist Nick Cardy did a masterful job of
capturing a likeness. Like the real one, the comic book Sergio had
superior dexterity (with a gun, not a pen), a distinctive mustache and a
tendency to wind up in jail.
Not all that long ago, some folks came up with a Groo game which
Sergio illustrated and which neither of us ever figured out how to play.
But those who did told us it was a lot of fun.
Devout Groo fan Jason Nuttall claims that his daughter
Rebecca insisted on this costume, but I'm suspicious. She was born 9/11/2002 to
Jason and spouse Melissa, who promptly nicknamed her "Li'l Groo." That means
the kid was around six weeks of age at Halloween — a bit too young to really
know about the Groo comic book, though emotionally mature enough to work
on it. But don't fear for young Rebecca. She's young. She'll have years to
outgrow this traumatic childhood indignity. And if she doesn't, that's okay.
She'll grow up like her dad and we can always use another reader. (Thanks,
A few years back, Graphitti Designs put out a lovely statue of Groo
finding himself waist-deep in something that was definitely not cheese dip.
It was a funny little hunk of plaster and paint but what I (Mark) found even
funnier was that every statue was accompanied by a "Certificate of
Let us consider the underlying premise of the Certificate of
Authenticity. It assumes that someone might want to produce forgeries of
the Groo statue and that they would have the capability to create Groo statues
that were indistinguishable from the original. That's weird enough right
there, but it also presumes the following: That these cunning and expert forgers
would be unable to whip up counterfeit Certificates of Authenticity...presumably
because they didn't have a Kinko's in their neighborhood.
Groo and all related characters and artwork are Copyright © 2010 Sergio Aragonés