Friday, April 21, 2017

Reading Room SPACE SQUADRON / MARVEL TALES "Fiends with Four Arms / Starmen"

Going over our previous posts...
...we realized we had stopped posting the saga of Jet Dixon and the Space Squadron long before the conclusion!
Let's continue with a rarity for Atlas Comics...a text feature based on the cover!
We don't know who the scripter is for the text feature from Atlas' Space Squadron #2 (1951), but the artist is George Tuska, who was also illustrating most of the Jet Dixon strips in the book.
Oddly, the feature was reprinted a couple of years later in Atlas' Marvel Tales #116 (1953)...when Jet Dixon's replacement series, Speed Carter: SpaceMan, was being published!
Since the Marvel Tales cover wasn't a reprint of the earlier cover, the title was changed, and the insert art replaced by a generic spaceship.
But the character names remained the same!
Note: This is the only Jet Dixon story to ever be reprinted!
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