Monday, May 31, 2010

Robin Dies At Dawn! (Batman, 1963)

One of the great 1960's iconic DC covers for an otherwise dopey story. The editors must have released how good the cover was because they tried to tie three otherwise separate stores in to a 3 part ‘epic’. As we saw two days ago, the ‘Ant-Man’ story (part 1) has little to do with this story (part 2). Part 3 has a brief flashback to part 2, but is mostly about Batman catching bad guys while wearing a gorilla suit.


Batman #156 (June, 1963) © DC Comics
Script by Bill Finger; Pencils by Sheldon Moldoff; Inks by Charles Paris

Sunday, May 30, 2010

The Hero of 50,000,000 B.C. (1965)

Tale of the Unexpected #90, Aug.-Sept., 1965, © DC Comics
Script: Dave Wood; Art George Roussos

Discovered This Day: Krypton

Morris William Travers (Jan 24, 1872–Aug 25, 1961), was an English chemist who, while working with Sir Willam Ramsay in London, discovered the element krypton (30 May 1898). The name derives from the Greek word for "hidden."

It was a fraction separated from liquified air, which when placed in a Pl├╝cker tube connected to an induction coil yielded a spectrum with a bright yellow line with a greener tint than the known helium line and a brilliant green line that corresponded to nothing seen before. link

To make a long story short, after Phantom Girl finds an ancient tablet at an archaeological project on a little island in the Atlantic Ocean in the 30th century, the LSH split into two teams & set off in Time Bubbles to Earth & Krypton's “remote past” to investigate “The War Between Krypton and Earth”.

As it turns out a group of Kryptonian scientists set up shop on Earth because they were persecuted back home.

Too bad the uninhabited Earth had already been colonized by the Vruunians who had established a town called Atlantis. After the "Civil War of the Legion" that saw the two teams taking sides with their new friends, came this inevitable ending after Brainiac 5 uses "artifical evolution" to turn the Atlanteans into mermen:

LSH & Superboy © DC Comics

Saturday, May 29, 2010

The Secret of the Ant-Man (Batman #156, 1963)

In an issue more famous for its cover (see tomorrow’s posting) comes this story from 1963 featuring DC’s own Ant-Man, debuting almost a year after Hank Pym assumed the same nom de plume over at Marvel.


The Secret of the Ant-Man (Batman #156, June 1963) © DC Comics
Pencils: Sheldon Moldoff; Inks: Charles Paris

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Life on Other Worlds: Jupiter (1945) by Murphy Anderson


Planet Comics #35 (March, 1945), © Fiction House
Art by Murphy Anderson

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Kepler Discovers Harmonice Mundi

Link. More on Sidney Harris

On this day in 1618, Johannes Kepler discovered his harmonic law later published in his five-volume work Harmonice Mundi. Kepler explored analogies between the solar system and the ratios found in musical tones, an extension of what Pythagoras had described as the "harmony of the spheres". Link

More on Kepler HERE

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Dalek Comic Strip (1965): The Origin of The Daleks!

It’s 1965 and Beatlemania has swept the world. On TV, Gerry Anderson’s Stingray is chronicling the adventures of Aquanaut, Troy Tempest, and The Thunderbirds are awaiting their signal to ‘GO!’ On the newsstands the pseudo newspaper magazine, TV Century 21, launches, mixing stories of real science with comic strip-style stories of TV shows from both sides of the pond.

Presented here are the first 13 strips of The Daleks, scripted by David Whittaker, but credited to Terry Nation who created them for the Dr. Who TV show. For more info go HERE