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Space Busters #1-2, 1952 & Dell’s Brain Boy Four Color #1330 & 2-3, 1962-63. Recommended. Space Busters has got it all, painted covers by Norman Saunders and Allen Anderson, interior art from the great Bernie Krigstein and Murphy Anderson and “The True Story of Flying Saucers” by sci-fi novelist Harry Harrison. When the saucers do come then, heck, I want ‘em to look like these babies! Brain Boy is a 1963 Dell title drawn by Frank Springer. Superhero, fantasy, supernatural, horror, suspense, science fiction and spy adventures, pre- and post-comics code. PS Artbooks, 2021.

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Space Busters has got it all, painted covers by Norman Saunders and Allen Anderson, interior art from the great Bernie Krigstein and Murphy Anderson and “The True Story of Flying Saucers” by sci-fi novelist Harry Harrison. When the saucers do come then, heck, I want ‘em to look like these babies! Brain Boy is a 1963 Dell title drawn by Frank Springer. Superhero, fantasy, supernatural, horror, suspense, science fiction and spy adventures, pre- and post-comics code.

Brain Boy, aka Matt Price Jr., works for the “Organization of Active Anthropologists”, in reality a special counter-intelligence branch of the U.S Secret Service. Fighting earth-bound Communist enemies such as Ricotta and Alien adversaries like the microscopic Eerown, Brain Boy read minds, used telekinesis to lift objects or to make himself fly, control minds, or alter emotional states, and he was also super intelligent. However, using his powers took a lot of mental energy, especially when facing another telepath and he could become exhausted quickly. An offbeat title published by Dell Comics for six issues in 1962-63, then revived for two more mini-series from Dark Horse Comics, 2013-14. Artist Frank Springer is best known for Marvel Comics’ Dazzler and Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.

Space Busters is a classic from the prestigious and high quality publisher Ziff-Davis. Their generous budget resulted in wonderful painted covers and superior artwork inside, as the best artists were recruited for their short-lived comics existence. This is one of their best titles. Mixing this with Dell’s Brain Boy is, well, unusual, but so is Brain Boy. It was an attempt to create a more realistic super hero, just an ordinary kid who finds he has special powers of mind-reading and eventually moving things with his mind, including himself. I have enjoyed rereading these rather strange comics from very early in the Silver Age. -Bud

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