and superhero genres, Space Detective burst onto the comics scene in 1951.
wealthy philanthropist Rod Hathway and his secretary Dot Kenny fight
interplanetary evil and helped the innocent as Avenger and Teena using
the methods of 1940s gumshoes combined with the technology of the far
Blasters instead of revolvers!
Personal jetpacks instaed of
Stories, whose titles included "Opium Smugglers of Venus"
and "SpaceShip of the Dead", delivered fast-paced action illustrated by
comics legends Wally Wood and Joe Orlando, who would go on to greater
graphic story glory as mainstays of EC Comics' Weird Fantasy and Weird Science titles.
Despite the fact that neither character wore a mask, nobody ever
commented "hey, ain't you that famous Hathway guy?" or somesuch.
(Maybe they were too busy looking at Teena's cleavage?)
2) Nobody ever calls Rod "Space Detective"! He's always called "Avenger".
The original user of the name "Avenger", a Doc Savage-style pulp/comic
character, hadn't been published since 1944.
The trademark had lapsed,
so it was used on this unrelated character from a different company.
This sort of thing is far more common in comics/pulps than you might
For example, three
different companies have had a "Captain Marvel", none of whom were
related to the other companies' versions! Marvel Comics itself has had several Captains Marvel since 1967, including a father and son and two different women!
Atomic Kommie Comics™ has revived Space Detective in our The Future WAS Fantastic™ retro sci-fi collection.
four-issue series' slick art style is again in vogue with pop culture
aficionados (like us) who are also into video games and graphic novels.
We've digitally-restored and remastered all four covers as well as recreating the series' logo!
So if you're looking for something offbeat as a stocking stuffer or main gift for that certain someone, look at Space Detective...before he comes looking for you!