Reading this blog, you might think that "sci-fi" just means "space opera" or "futuristic"...
...but it can be set on present-day Earth, as well!
This never-reprinted tale from the Ziff-Davis one-shot Weird Adventures #10 (1951) reads like the script for an anthology tv show or a b-movie.
It's mostly character interaction and a crime/thriller plot with some easily-done (even for the 1950s) sfx!
Illustrated by John Giunta, whose long career spans both the Golden and Silver Ages with work for literally every company in every genre!
Giunta may be best-known to today's audiences as the artist who gave
the legendary Frank Frazetta his first job, when he hired the talented teen
as a studio assistant!
The writer of this unusual tale is unknown, but could be Giunta himself!
Starting this week, we're presenting runs of short-lived series on Wednesdays...
...beginning with one of the very best from two future comic legends!
When Gold Key lost the license to Edgar Rice Burroughs properties in 1971, DC snapped it up right away!
The then-new Conan the Barbarian title had proven pulp characters had viability as comics and both DC and Marvel were grabbing up pulp properties currently in paperback reprints to adapt.
While Marvel was concentrating on Robert E Howard's characters (and other barbarians) along with Doc Savage, DC got Doc's stablemates The Shadow and The Avenger as well as Burroughs' lineup.
Besides continuing the Tarzan and Korak titles (from their Gold Key numbering), DC decided to re-launch John Carter along with previously-unadapted series Pellucidar and Carson of Venus as back-ups!
Note: While Gold Key'sTarzan had visited Pellucidar in several multi-issue tales, the underground world and it's inhabitants never had stand-alone stories!
There was no shortage of eager creatives to handle the new series!
Writer Len Wein and illustrator Michael Kaluta got the nod for Carson and ran with it, as you can see in this premiere story just dripping with both period mood and pulp-style high adventure from DC's Korak: Son of Tarzan #46 (1972)!
The team adapts ERB's introductory Carson novel Pirates of Venus in a multi-issue arc.
Oddly, they leave out one of the more interesting aspects of the book...a number of references to other Burroughs characters including Tarzan, David Innes, Captain Zuppner, Abner Perry and Jason Gridley!
Whether this was DC's or the Burroughs Estates' decision is unknown, but I find it hard to believe serious fans like Wein and Kaluta would deliberately leave out the references...
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One thing you have to say about Pluto in Golden Age comic books...
...it certainly wasn't a dull place to live, or visit!
Is it just me or is Frosting getting even smaller than before?
Initially, he was the size of an adult bear, then he became the size of a chimpanzee!
Now he's small enough to sit on Norge's head like a hat!
Lily Renee continues the illustrating chores in this tale from Fiction House's Planet Comics #30 (1944), handling spacecraft, criminals, and beautiful women with equal aplomb!