$46.99

Collects Dell’s Space Man #1-4 & Drift Marlo #1, 1962-63. Recommended.  By Joe Gill, Ken Fitch et al. Art by Jack Sparling and Tom Cooke. Space Man is rocket ace Ian Stannard who, accompanied by his sidekick, Space Academy student Johnny Mack, blasted off from Cape Canaveral. Their mission, to find and destroy what had prevented Moon exploration for the last decade. After succeeding, they continue to explore the depths of space, along with Ian’s girlfriend, pilot Mary Lansing! Drift Marlo ran security at the 1st Strategic Aerospace Division, where he fought sabotage in America’s space program from foreign powers. Outstanding painted covers. PS Artbooks, 2021. 

In stock

Add to Wishlist
Add to Wishlist

Description

Space Man is rocket ace Ian Stannard who, accompanied by his sidekick, Space Academy student Johnny Mack, blasted off from Cape Canaveral. Their mission, to find and destroy what had prevented Moon exploration for the last decade. After succeeding, they continue to explore the depths of space, along with Ian’s girlfriend, pilot Mary Lansing! Drift Marlo ran security at the 1st Strategic Aerospace Division, where he fought sabotage in America’s space program from foreign powers. Outstanding painted covers.

All covers are painted; #3 is by the great sci-fi illustrator, John Schoenherr — all the others are uncredited but also very good.

Jack Sparling is not the greatest artist, I’ll be first to admit, and Tom Cooke is actually unknown to us. Nevertheless, this is a fun book, readable series. The space race between Russia and the U.S. was in full swing when this title came out. Kirby had already done his very similar syndicated strip Skymasters, which may have influenced the stories here. Another syndicated strip was Twin Earths, about a secret planet behind the Sun — also popular in this period. Science fiction was finally coming into vogue for a wider audience, and these comics reflect the latest advances while still offering us aliens and fun interstellar adventure.

Space Man ran for ten issues, one Four Color issue plus #2-9. #8 came out in 1964, then #9 and 10  appeared in 1972. Plus Drift Marlo ran for just two issues.

This softcover has a different cover than on the hardcover, otherwise contents are the same.

 

 

 

 

Additional information

ISBN

# Pages

Binding

Dimensions

Color

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.

You may also like…