Friday, April 20, 2012

Reading Room: SPACE ACE "Desert Devils"

We jump forward three years in real time and centuries in fictional time...
..to bring you the totally-different, all-new (at the time) Space Ace!
Compare this with the previous version of Space Ace, and you'll really see the differences!
And people bitch about Marvel and DC's now-constant rebooting of their characters!
It's been going on since comics began, just not on such a large scale!
After the last Space Ace strip in Manhunt #7 (1947), the name was revived for a new strip appearing in a new sci-fi themed title...Jet #1 (1950), with few elements (like the Mars colony setting) retained, but moved several centuries further into the future, and with a new, freelance crimefighter instead of a policeman with sidekick.
And, you'll note the almost-medieval clothing and armor most of the colonists now wear and buildings that look like stone castles, as opposed to the high-tech garb and structures in the previous tale!
They also decided to  play up the fact that humans would be almost super-human under Mars' lower gravity, resulting in some very Superman-esqe panels!
Speaking of Superman, the extremely-Wayne Boring-style art is by little-known artist Lawrence Woromay, whose comics career spanned the 1950s and 1960s and various genres including sci-fi, war and horror.
But this version of Space Ace wouldn't even last as long as his predecessor!
His next (and last) appearance will be presented Monday.

Support Small Business!

No comments:

Post a Comment

Thanx for posting!

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...