Saturday, April 27, 2013

Reading Room: CAPTAIN SCIENCE "and the Insidious Doctor Khartoum"

Captain Science was a kool combination of "high adventure" and "sci fi"... this wild 'n wooly (if slightly politically-incorrect) tale from Youthful's Captain Science #4 (1951) incorporating time travel, sword-and-sandal action, a Yellow Peril menace, and (if that ain't enough) a Lovecraftian monster, all in only eight pages!
I don't know about you, but I'm exhausted!
Wally Wood and Joe Orlando did the art, and you can tell these guys were having the time of their lives, as they cut loose with some of the wildest stuff ever to grace sci-fi comic books.
They also changed the "linked-stories" concept from the first three issues, making the two-per-issue Captain Science stories stand-alones instead of two-parters.
Unlike the earlier Captain Science stories, which have never been reprinted, these Orlando/Wood stories have been re-published all over the place, but they're still well-worth seeing again!

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