Every volume gets better! The best sci-fi comic of the Golden Age now begins to pick up even better artists, as noted above, as we continue the 13-year run from Fiction House. They're all here--Flint Baker, Reef Ryan, The Space Rangers, Gale Allen, Star Pirate, Mysta of the Moon, Norge Benson plus many more and a bevy of the most scantily-clad females you're ever likely to see in comics.
Trina Robbins contributes a special introduction about the surprising women artists of Fiction House: Marcia Snyder, Ruth Atkinson, Lily Renee and Fran Hopper. And she also offers "In Defense of Fiction House," a personal remembrance of first discovering this plethora of women in comics, both as scantily clad ladies in need of rescue, but also quite surprisingly, as heroic amazons who had no need of men to overcome all menaces. It was a surprising age of female empowerment, spurred on by Wonder Woman and by these wartime lady artists who filled in while the boys were off fighting World War II.
The young new artist Murphy Anderson is featured in several cool stories here, the first dawn of a new look in the artwork. Anderson would go on to DC and become a mainstay in the Julius Schwartz-edited legendary 1950s titles: Strange Adventures and Mystery in Space, not to mention his amazing runs on everything from Adam Strange, The Spectre, Hawkman and The Atom in the 1960s and 1970s.
Soon to be EC-stalwart Graham Ingels is also now on board, But in this volume, Anderson, Lily Renee and Fran Hopper shine, with excellent stories that stand out in every issue.