Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Reading Room: TIME TRAVELERS "Merlin and the Motorcycle Knights"

The previous Time Travelers tale left "serious" sci fi behind...
...and this one tramples it into the ground.
If Tom Refield looks too young to have been an officer in World War II, remember this story was published in 1950, only five years after the end of WWII, so the idea of Tom serving in an Allied unit less than a decade earlier isn't unreasonable!
Written by Richard Hughes and illustrated by Ken Bald, this story from Operation: Peril #3 (1950) enters straight fantasy with the introduction of Merlin (non-magical and surprisingly traitorous) and King Arthur's Knights of the Round Table.
Next issue introduces alien menaces and an ongoing emphasis on space opera.
Despite this, the series' title will remain "Time Travelers" for the entire run.

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