Hey, be grateful you aren't reading this as it was published in the 1960s, since the comic book it appeared in, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea, was a quarterly title, so you'd be waiting three months for the next four-page story instead of one day!
This tale from VttBotS #10 (1967) was written by Dick Wood (who wrote the entire series) and illustrated by Nevio Zaccara (who remained the strip's artist until the final chapter).
The concept of a space junkyard or "Sargosso Sea of Space" is something of a cliche.
Various books, comics, movies, and tv series have used the concept, usually to good effect.
My particular favorite was the Space: 1999 episode "Dragon's Domain"...
You might want to FastForward to 14:00, when the derelict spaceships are first detected...
This tale from Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea #9 (1967) was written by Dick Wood (who wrote the entire series) and illustrated by Nevio Zaccara (who remained the strip's artist until the final chapter).
Oh, did we mention they were anthropomorphic animals?
This never-reprinted story from Vic Verity Magazine #7 (1946) was obviously the first episode of a projected series.
Unfortunately, it appeared in the last magazine the short-lived Don Fortune Publishing ever produced!
Both the writer and artist are, at this point, unknown.
But the other stories in the comic were the work of CC Beck, Otto Binder, and others who worked on the Fawcett Comics line, so the odds are that the writer and artist for Rocket Rex are also from that ensenble.