Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Reading Room SPACE PATROL "Pirates of Mercury"

Now here's a series I'd love to see a live-action version of...
...using state-of-the-art CGI for the SFX and aliens!
The multi-talented Basil Wolverton wrote, illustrated, lettered, and probably colored, this never-reprinted tale from Amazing Mystery Funnies #19 (1940).
It's one of the first of the "law enforcement in space" sub-genre that prospered in pulp and comic sci-fi in the 1930s and 40s, and carried over to TV in the 1950s.
Note: the 1950s TV/radio series Space Patrol was not based on Wolverton's strip.
(Could you imagine them trying to do Wolverton's aliens using 1950s-level makeup techniques?)

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