Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Reading Room: SPEED CARTER: SPACEMAN "BEMS"

There's never a dull moment in the future world of Speed Carter...
...as this tale from Speed Carter: SpaceMan #3 (1954) aptly shows!
The aliens in this story aren't identified by planet of origin or species.
The name given them, "bems", was a popular sci-fi slang term for "bug-eyed monsters"!
So, where are they from?
What species are they?
We'll never know!

Written (as are all the Speed Carter stories) by Hank Chapman.
Illustrated by original artist Joe Maneely in his swan song to the series.
Note: this was the last story in #3, but the first one from that issue we're presenting.
Maneely would later do a Famous Explorers short and a cover, but this was his last Speed Carter story.
There are two more Maneely Speed Carter tales to come.
After #3, each remaining issue features three Speed Carter tales by a different artist or art team...
#4: Mike Sekowsky and Jack Abel
#5: George Tuska
#6: Bob Forgione

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