Thursday, September 27, 2012

Reading Room: SPEED CARTER: SPACEMAN "Space Sentinel's Sacrifice"

It is said that every Space Sentinel is ready to die in defense of Earth...
...a belief put to the test in this tense tale from Speed Carter: SpaceMan #5 (1954)!
While it's a good attempt at a poignant tale about how a veteran, even crippled, could contribute to the defense effort, it's hampered by the fact that the story revolves around a character we've never seen before, and thus have no empathy for him.
And, we have to ask, where is the BeastMen's unnamed planet, since the now-diverted meteor crashes into it only a few minutes after being diverted by the impact of Major Ramm's ship!
This story was scripted (as were all Speed Carter tales) by Hank Chapman!
Illustrator George Tuska 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!

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