576 – Space Cabbie!

The Space Cabbie first appears in Mystery in Space #21 (June 1954). He operates in the 22nd century, having adventures while whisking people around the solar system. In this first story, he encounters a Martian who has a “photonic mesh suit” that gives him invisibility. The Martian ends up stiffing him for the cab fare, […]

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538 – Speed Carter, Spaceman!

Atlas Comics (Marvel) debuts Speed Carter, Spaceman #1 (May 1953). Speed Carter was a member of the Space Sentinels, which jetted around space stopping invasions and battling space pirates in 2075. Speed Carter was drawn by Joe Maneely who had a pretty distinctive style filled with action and emotion.

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530 – Judgment Day!

In EC’s Weird Fantasy #18 (January 1953), the now-infamous story of “Judgment Day!” appears. This tells the story of an astronaut from Earth who lands on a planet populated by sentient robots to see if the planet is ready to enter the great Galactic Republic. After being taken through the orange robot’s society, the astronaut […]

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524 – Stranger Dimensions

While the Phantom Stranger has so far steered clear of actual paranormal activity, we get much closer in Phantom Stranger #4 (December 1952). A man experimenting with a book of spells has apparently summoned hairy demons and then has disappeared. The Phantom Stranger investigates and discovers strange hairy creatures. He captures one and convinces it […]

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522 – Ray Bradbury Credits

Apparently EC comics had a bad habit of plagiarizing Ray Bradbury‘s short stories for their comic books. This resulted in the writer sending a letter to EC comics, who decided to credit Ray Bradbury on nearly every cover starting in October 1952. Above is a panel from a 1948 short story called “The Long Years!” […]

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517 – Swerving Madly

In July 1952, EC Comics debuted a new comic: Mad! Filled with anthological stories from multiple genres with a silly bent, it eventually morphed into a satire magazine, rather than comic book and became the only surviving EC comic in just a few more years. One story is horror, one is crime, one is western, […]

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499 – Who Mourns for Zeus?

In DC’s Strange Adventures #19 (February 1952), the Captain Comet story features a galaxy-wandering crew of 12 mortal heroes from Earth’s past: Zus, Merkry, Hurkles, Demeter, Dionsius and more. Zus has the idea to create a spaceship that will let them wander the galaxy searching for the secrets of immortality. Every fifty years, one of […]

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498 – Earth Isolationism

In Action Comics #167 (February 1952), the Tommy Tomorrow feature has a story called “The Man Who Stopped Space Flight”: an eccentric “Earth isolationist” scientist develops a mechanism to halt all space flight in the solar system. Tommy foils the plan and teaches the scientist the error of his ways by pointing out all the […]

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496 – Fat Old Sugar-Mommies

In EC’s Weird Fantasy #12 (January 1952), “A Man’s Job” features an amusing tale from a future in which women and men’s roles are reversed: a woman president, a mostly-women Supreme Court, all women going out to work while the men stay at home and take care of the house. Truly a weird fantasy! I […]

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492 – Grotesque Medium

EC Comics continue to push the envelope of shocking imagery in its latest comic, Shock SuspenStories #1 (November 1951). While “The Neat Job!” is somewhat infamous (having been featured in the 1973 anthology film) and has its own particular grotesque imagery (a neat freak tortures his wife until she snaps and arranges his body parts […]

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