Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Reading Room JET POWERS "Dust Doom"

The first part of an apocalyptic tale completes our look at #3 of Jet Powers...
...in a story apparently inspired by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Professor Challenger tale, "Poison Belt"
You'd think it was "the end"...but it isn't!
The planet is in bad shape.
The population is decimated.
Damaged/destroyed infrastructure must be rebuilt.
And then...something terrible happens...as we'll see in the sequel, next week!
It's unusual that a series would have two, unrelated cliffhangers in one issue, but that's what writer Gardner Fox and artist Bob Powell did in Magazine Enterprises' Jet Powers #3 (1951)!
Considering the previous issues had inter-related stories in the same issue, I wonder if this was a case of the first parts of a pair of two-part stories being completed, but the second parts weren't ready when the deadline crept up on them.
(In those days, comics had to come out on schedule since they were dependent on their status as periodicals to qualify for lower postage/shipping rates.)
At any rate, you'll see the two different conclusions Monday and Tuesday of next week...

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