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What comics have you been reading?

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Quote from: rusty on April 28, 2019, 11:50:21 pmI've been reading the Treasure Chest series that ran from 1946-1972 in 27 volumes.  It was available at Catholic schools and features a lot of historical and religious content, but also has two adventure serials in each issue that aren't bad.  I just finished vol.16 and plan to finish the rest over the next couple of weeks.

I vaguely remember reading those growing up. Was there some sort of science fiction comic strip that ran in it fo a while? Or maybe I'm confabulating... recently I've been reading (online) old back issues of Boys' Life magazine. Well, not really reading it, per se... more like scouring through the run of issues from 1952 to the late 1990s. It had a comic strip (sometimes a single page, sometimes only half a page) called "Space Conquerors!" by Al Stenzl (actually ghosted for the most part by diverse hands) that ran in most issues between October 1952 and September 1972. I was able to save all of those pages and then read all 20 years worth of the strip. It was followed up on different occasions between the late 1970s and mid-1990s by some much shorter science fiction adaptations of stories by Robert Heinlein (Between Planets), James Blish (The Star Dwellers), John Christopher (the Tripods trilogy), and Janet & Isaac Asimov (Norby the Mixed-Up Robot). I seem to vaguely recall some adaptation (possibly of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds) from Treasure Chest... this would have been somewhere in the mid-to-late 1960s issues.

rusty

Quote from: DeCarlo Rules on April 29, 2019, 10:35:14 am
Quote from: rusty on April 28, 2019, 11:50:21 pmI've been reading the Treasure Chest series that ran from 1946-1972 in 27 volumes.  It was available at Catholic schools and features a lot of historical and religious content, but also has two adventure serials in each issue that aren't bad.  I just finished vol.16 and plan to finish the rest over the next couple of weeks.

I vaguely remember reading those growing up. Was there some sort of science fiction comic strip that ran in it fo a while? Or maybe I'm confabulating... recently I've been reading (online) old back issues of Boys' Life magazine. Well, not really reading it, per se... more like scouring through the run of issues from 1952 to the late 1990s. It had a comic strip (sometimes a single page, sometimes only half a page) called "Space Conquerors!" by Al Stenzl (actually ghosted for the most part by diverse hands) that ran in most issues between October 1952 and September 1972. I was able to save all of those pages and then read all 20 years worth of the strip. It was followed up on different occasions between the late 1970s and mid-1990s by some much shorter science fiction adaptations of stories by Robert Heinlein (Between Planets), James Blish (The Star Dwellers), John Christopher (the Tripods trilogy), and Janet & Isaac Asimov (Norby the Mixed-Up Robot). I seem to vaguely recall some adaptation (possibly of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds) from Treasure Chest... this would have been somewhere in the mid-to-late 1960s issues.
I'm up to around 1962 at the moment in my reading.  Chuck White has been in every issue and usually runs 6-8 pages.  There are 20 issues in each year and there is usually a second 6-8 page strip that runs for 10 issues with another story taking its place after that.  Occasionally there will be one that runs only 5 issues or so.  Other strips, stories and jokes fill out the issue.  A couple of these shorter stories have featured a science fiction theme.  One of them involved a new interplanetary spaceship that is stolen by the creator who was going to be left off of the first voyage.  A family is accidentally onboard when he steals it.  There are probably others later in the run.

It would be nice if the Boys' Life science fiction stories were collected in print.  I love the Heinlein juveniles and enjoyed the Norby books.  It would be nice to see adaptations of these and other stories.  The stories from 1952-1972 appear to be available online to read, though that isn't quite the same to me.

rusty

I finally finished up the Treasure Chest series - all 508 issues.  Overall, they were fun.  Now I plan to work my way through the Classics Illustrated Special issues and the World Around Us issues that I haven't read yet.


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