Tuesday, September 19, 2006

The Secrets of Atom Valley!

As Promised - we return to Atom Valley and the good (if somewhat radioactive) doctor.

The above issue is really interesting in that the ol' doc travels back in time to view his own origin, rather than the old flashback trick. Pretty cool, huh?

And sure, some of the later issues didn't have that "zing" the earlier ones did, but that art of Al McWilliams and Ernie Colon certainly made up for it in my mind!

A few points worth noting - first, he didn't wear that costume for any other reason that he gave off hard (read fatal) radiation, pure and simple. The symbol on his chest wasn't as much an emblem as a warning sign indicating "Stay Back - Danger Radiation!"

Dr Solar #20

Dr Solar #24
And to close this post out, what I think are a really nice selections of the one pagers that made the book so special (and educational too!)

The secrets of Atom Valley indeed!

PS. Try your wits with this unusual puzzler from the first issue of Fantastic (pictured above). Answer tomorrow!

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