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Reprints Rex Dexter of Mars #1, Fox, 1940. Recommended. Art by Dick Briefer, Claire Moe, Adolphe Barreaux & George Tuska. In 1939, Montague Dexter built a rocket ship for that year’s World Fair and to demonstrate that it works, he and his wife took off and flew to Mars. Unfortunately, the ship crashed as soon as it reached the red planet. He spent the next 61 years trying to repair the ship. By that point, he and his wife were far too old to handle the rigors of space travel. But their son Rex was young and fit and he piloted his parent’s space ship back home. However, Earth at the turn of the millennium was much more advanced than the world his parents left behind. PS Artbooks, 2021.

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In 1939, Montague Dexter built a rocket ship for that year’s World Fair and to demonstrate that it works, he and his wife took off and flew to Mars. Unfortunately, the ship crashed as soon as it reached the red planet. He spent the next 61 years trying to repair the ship. By that point, he and his wife were far too old to handle the rigors of space travel. But their son Rex was young and fit and he piloted his parent’s space ship back home. However, Earth at the turn of the millennium was much more advanced than the world his parents left behind.

Artist Dick Briefer is best known for his wonderful Frankenstein published by Prize in the 1940s. But he had a serious side and this is one of his more interesting works, an epic space opera. Adolphe Barreaux is here also…he’s profiled in the highly recommended Invisible Men: The Trail-Blazing Black Artists of Comic Books and was not only an artist, but an editor, packager and more, all during the early Golden Age. He draws Patty O’Day, about a feisty woman reporter…think Lois Lane without Superman to back her up, getting into lots of hot water.

Last but not least, we have the wonderful George Tuska, who went on to draw Iron Man and many Marvel Silver Age features. But he was one of the most capable of the early Golden Age artists, here working on yet one more master of magic so common to early comics: Zanzibar the Magician!

Includes all ads and the original cover and back cover, which is a full page ad for Fox’s Samson #1. Fun stuff!

 

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