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ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN 12 HC

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ADVENTURES INTO THE UNKNOWN 12 HC

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Collects #65-71, 1955-56. Highly Recommended. By Ogden Whitney, Harry Lazarus, Kurt Schaffenberger, John Rosenberger The Comics Code in general tamped down creativity and variety in comics. Stan Lee's Atlas line was a good example of this, at least until Kirby and Ditko came back on board. But for editor and writer Richard Hughes, this brought out his absolute best. Stories explored totally new avenues, with more time travel, sci-fi and excellent charactization and complex plots, He even takes 10 or 12 pages to develop a good story, rather than the industry standard of just 6 or 8. This is outstanding comics writing and one of the series I most enjoy reading now, 50 years later.

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The Comics Code in general tamped down creativity and variety in comics. Stan Lee's Atlas line was a good example of this, at least until Kirby and Ditko came back on board. But for editor and writer Richard Hughes, this brought out his absolute best. Stories explored totally new avenues, with more time travel, sci-fi and excellent charactization and complex plots, He even takes 10 or 12 pages to develop a good story, rather than the industry standard of just 6 or 8. This is outstanding comics writing and one of the series I most enjoy reading now, 50 years later.

Stories include "The Past Guards Its Secrets," "Man From the Sky," "Forgotten Ocean," "The Man Who Lived Again," "Lighthouse on the Reef," "Fate is a Many-Armed Buddha!", "Anything Can Happen," "Time Visitor," and "Your Number's Up."

Weird, mysterious unusual tales. This twelfth volume has been meticulously compiled from the original source material and painstakingly digitally restored.

This is just the beginning of Kurt Schaffenberger's long association with ACG--he draws three stories in this run. It's a delight to see his work here. Those familiar with his superb, superior work will recognize him for his long run on Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane, and of course lots more work for DC. If Dave Stevens had become a regular in the comics world like this, doing regular comics for DC and ACG, I think he would have been well compared to Schaffenberger...both artists were superior pencillers and superlative, smooth inkers, who make every story a joy to read.

Other artists here include Mike Suchorsky, who draws "I, Robot" -- the cover feature on issue #67. Mike is considered one of the "great unknowns" of the Golden Age, only idenfied several years ago by the art sleuthing work of Jim Vadeboncoeur and Hames Ware. I think he was at his best in the 1940s, but he's still quite competent here, with a fun story of a rampaging robot, a highlight of this run. Mike is NOT to be confused with Mike Sekowsky, similar names but entirely different artists.

John Rosenberger was already an ACG regular here, and his work is also superior. He went on to draw The Fly and The Jaguar in the sixties. He draws a good half dozen stories in this collection.

Famed early DC artist, best known for his work on the original 1940 Sandman stories, Creig Flessel, contributes three stories. Pete Costanza and George Klein also show up here. Pete went on to do a lot of superhero work for ACG in the 1960s.

 

 

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Item Code ADU12H
Publisher PS Artbooks
Publish Date 2017
ISBN 9781786360359
Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket
Dimensions 7x10
# Pages 272pg
Color Full Color
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