Friday, May 20, 2011

Napoleon & Benjamin Franklin vs The Thing From Another World (1951)

Mystery In Space #3 (1951) © DC Comics
Script: Manly Wade Wellman [as Robert Starr]; Art: Bob Oksner; Inks: Bernard Sachs

Manly Wellman wrote primarily for Quality Comics, including a long run on The Spirit. His writing skills elevate a dopey premise into an engaging story obviously inspired by 1951 film The Thing From Another World ("An intellectual carrot? The mind boggles!") that would have only been released a month or so before this story was written.

The scientific team of time-travel inventor, Anne Rell, and super-botanist, Carr Davis, have a nice chemistry and I could easily see these two having been spun off into their own series ala the Inside Earth team of Cave Carson or Rip Hunter's Time Masters (hmm, maybe Anne actually invented Rip's time machine?). Anyone for a revival over there at DC?

I'd even have read more stories of the time traveling team of Napoleon and Benjamin Franklin.