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Oh, boy, we got an out'n'out doozy for you this time, with the six 1950's issues of Ziff Davis' Amazing Adventures, brim full with work from the likes of Murphy Anderson, Jerry Siegel (editor/writer), Ogden Whitney, Wally Wood, Norman Saunders, Ross Andru, and a host of other talented writers and artists. I could say more, like how #2 contains "The Steel Monster," a kickass riff on Ted Sturgeon's "Killdozer" yarn from 1944 (also homaged by Marvel some 20 years later).
Ziff-Davis was already a highly successful publisher when they entered the comic book field in 1950. And they had a real budget. So they began by hiring Superman creator Jerry Siegel, and then they went out and got work from the finest artists in comics. Murphy Anderson had been doing great sci-fi for Planet Comics. Norman Saunders was the premier cover illustrator for pulps and comics. Krigstein would soon be blowing minds at EC. Carmine Infantino was coming into his own, already doing wonderful work for DC's Strange Adventures and Mystery In Space.
And the stories are GOOD! "The Cosmic Brain," "Escape on a Planetoid," "Mutineers of Ganymede," "The Asteroid Treasure," "Invasion of the Love Robots," "Secret of the Crater-Men," "Space Pirates of Xarpot," "Earth vs. Mars...The Man Who Killed a World, " "Winged Death on Venus," "Asteroid Witch," "Trespasser in Time," and the list goes on and on.
The painted covers alone on these are just superb. I remember discovering these as a young collector in the 1960s, and there'd never been fully-painted, pulp style covers in my wheelhouse before. I was entranced, and then you'd open up the comic and find favorite artists, from Wood to Murphy Anderson, doing SCIENCE-FICTION? It just doesn't get much better than this. They could give EC a run for their money, but Ziff-Davis came into the field when it was flooded with titles, and they pulled the plug rather quickly, leaving only the popular G.I. Joe under their comics banner. But what they did do, they did superbly. Enjoy these, they are head and shoulders above the norm.
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Item Code PCAA01H Publisher PS Artbooks Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9781848639980 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 216pg Color Full Color