670 – Challengers Traveling in Time

A panel from Challengers of the Unknown #4, August 1958
A panel from Challengers of the Unknown #4, August 1958

In Challengers of the Unknown #4 (August 1958), it’s hard not to see Jack Kirby angling towards complex, fantastical world-building alongside and team-building between characters, as the Challengers find themselves traveling through time in a scientist’s “time cube”. Very Fantastic Four!

Another panel from Challengers of the Unknown #4, August 1958
Another panel from Challengers of the Unknown #4, August 1958

And what I love the most are those giant, single-page splashes, like this one when they arrive in the year 3000:

A giant splash page from Challengers of the Unknown #4, August 1958
A giant splash page from Challengers of the Unknown #4, August 1958

Kirby left DC in mid-1959 and eventually jump-started the Marvel Age with Stan Lee in 1961, but it would have been interesting to see him being given a greater reign at DC. Green Lantern would have been a natural fit with all the cosmic meanderings.