- Full Description
Long before Star Wars, there was Planet Comics, home to a veritable parade of steely-jawed interstellar adventurers and some of the most gorgeous damsels in distress you could ever hope to find. And this is their prime, with the legendary “Futura,” the first and perhaps best drawn space-damsels in distress. Wonderful art by the unsung Enrico Bagnoli!
There’s story after story by the wonderful George Evans, taking over the lead feature "Lost World," plus wonderful work by fellow EC-stalwart Graham Ingels. Joe Doolin provides some superlative cover art, and we have new artists like Lee Elias, George Roussos, John Rosenberger, and from DC’s stable, Charles Winter, now doing "Mysta of the Moon."
Editor Roy Thomas does a wonderful job here, presenting a highly informative Introduction, an abridged version of Mike Benton’s History of Science Fiction Comics, which puts it all in perspective. Mike shows how Planet paved the way for DC classics like Strange Adventure, which began in 1950 and Mystery in Space in 1952, EC’s titles, plus offbeat sci-fi from Atlas/Marvel, like Venus and Space Squadron.
And there’s DC’s Tommy Tomorrow, who kicked off in Real Fact Comics in 1947 but became a regular back-up feature in Action Comics for a full decade! Plus Jet Powers, Space Busters, Space Patrol, Rocky Jones...all nicely detailed here, with cover and page scans and captions from Roy himself to round out Mike’s text.
Later issues here begin to reprint some very early stories by Doolin, Palais, and Tuska, but you also get wonderful new covers by Maurice Whitman, who begins his stunning run on the last few issues (the cover of this volume is his). Stories digitally enhanced and faithfully reproduced from the original comics.
- Additional Information
Item Code PLC13D Publisher PS Artbooks Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9781848639249 Print Status Out of Print Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 7x10 # Pages 314pg Color Full Color