Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Reading Room: SPACE SQUADRON "Star Smasher"

Do you remember how, in 1952, we sent men into space in flying saucers?
What?
You don't?
But, it's ancient history, as this tale from the year 2000 reveals in flashback...
Ah, the days when we actually believed in "American Exceptionalism"...
This story from Atlas' Space Squadron #1 (1951) was illustrated by George Tuska who later became the final artist on the original Buck Rogers comic strip (1959-67) and then assumed the art duties for almost a decade on Marvel's Invincible Iron Man!
The writer is unknown, but the scripting is clearly more simplistic and juvenile-oriented than the relatively more-sophisticated Speed Carter series written by Hank Chapman several years later.

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