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Monday, June 21, 2010

Batman In The Future! (1950)

You know that any story that opens with the lines, “Look Robin – The Bat-Signal! We’re wanted back on Earth!”, is going to be a lot of fun! Give me the Sci-Fi, ‘Zebra’-Batman from the 1950’s over the psychopathic version on the stands today…!

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Batman #57 © DC Comics
Script: Bill Finger; Pencils: Bob Kane (Batman & Robin figures only)
& Lew Schwartz; Inks: Charles Paris


FYI, The Atomic Surgeons will be returning to the future for most of the next few months. We'll send back dispatches when we can. Otherwise, look for further updates in Sept.

Friday, June 11, 2010

The Metamorphosis of the Gkmloooms (1952) by George Evans

Fawcett’s “World of Fear” showcased a lot of top talent – like the underappreciated George Evans, and featured some genuinely creepy stories that would not have been out of place over in the EC horror comics. This tale presents Atomic Surgery at its most disturbing. Poorer summer blockbuster movies have been made out of slimmer ideas than this.


World of Fear #3, ©Fawcett
Art by George Evans

Centenary of Jacques-Yves Cousteau’s Birth

Jacques-Yves Cousteau (June 11, 1910 – June 25, 1997) was a French naval officer, oceanographer, marine biologist and ocean explorer, known for his extensive underseas investigations. He was co-inventor of the aqualung which made SCUBA diving possible (1943).

Cousteau the developed the Conshelf series of manned habitats, the Diving Saucer, a process of underwater television and numerous other platforms and specialized instruments of ocean science. In 1945 he founded the French Navy's Undersea Research Group. He modified a WWII wooden hull minesweeper into the research vessel Calypso, in 1950. From Today In Science History

Here’s salute to the great man with a showcase of covers from our favorite undersea adventure series:

SubHuman is © M. Ryan and M. Schultz. All art © M. Schultz

Sunday, June 6, 2010

The Blank! by Angelo Torres (1956)

A nice little tale with art by Angelo Torres who is still going strong more than 50 years after this story was published. This would have been from towards the start of Torres' career and was probably knocked out over a weekend with the help of rest of the ‘Fleagle Gang’, including Al Williamson (layouts?; e.g., panels 3 & 4, page 2) and Frank Frazetta (figure work?, especially on Dora, e.g., bottom of page 2).


Strange Stories of Suspense #12 (Dec., 1956), © Marvel Comics
Art by Angelo Torres
Things don’t look too good for the professor. Perhaps the young lovebirds should have given the old guy a better alibi than "there are blanks in my memory” to explain their ‘disappearance’!