Monday, April 2, 2012

Reading Room: SPEED CARTER: SPACEMAN "Pirate Planet"

The 1950s, when heroic astronauts fought for Truth, Justice, and the American Way...
...in outer space, as seen in this premiere tale from Speed Carter: SpaceMan #1 (1953)!
Written by Hank Chapman, illustrated by Joe Maneely.
Maneely was Stan Lee's go-to artist during the early 1950s with the ability to handle any and every genre with equal speed and versatility.
Unfortunately, he was killed in a commuter train accident in mid-1958 at the age of 32.
Had he lived, Joe would probably have been one of the creative mainstays, along with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and Don Heck in Marvel Comics' ascendancy in the Silver Age.
Speed Carter: Spaceman was Atlas Comics second try at an ongoing space opera series when a short-lived Space Squadron comic bit the dust after six issues.
Speed fared no better, logging a half-dozen editions before disappearing into the infinite, but we'll be presenting his never-reprinted tales right here!

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