Thursday, 5 March 2009

The Day After The Day The Martians Came


World's Unknown was Roy Thomas' sadly short lived attempt at bringing adult sci-fi to the comic reading public. In each issue, there was an adaptation of a well known work by a major science-fiction author, including this thoughtful little tale from Fred Pohl. Alas, Sci-Fi is one genre that never sells in comics, and World's Unknown didn't even have any regularly appearing characters to entice readers. Roy, of course, tried again with this books' b/w magazine successor Unknown Worlds Of Science Fiction, which was also brilliant, and equally short-lived. Ralph Reese's art is phenomenal on this piece, particularly as it really just consists of people sitting around. His characters always seem pock-marked & sweaty, and slightly grotesque. Add that to the near photographic style of inking he learned while working with Wally Wood, and you have something like an underground strip in mainstream clothes.






5 comments:

  1. Worlds Unknown was a classy mag, and you picked a doozy of a tale to prove it, my man! I cannot understand why Marvel's color sci-fi and mystery mags didn't catch fire the way DC's did. I s'pose Stan still looked at mags like that as "wasting" his "good" artists and writers? Sigh...

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  2. I was only the other night lovingly pawing over my copy of this comic. Ralph Reese was one of the greats, and this is probably one of my favourites of his tales. and, of course, this issue of Worlds Unknown is also the one where you'll find Gil Kane's He That Hath Wings!!! a great post from a terrific comic! cheers, mate.

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  3. Wait till tomorrow, sci-fi fans....

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  4. Worlds Unknown was a potential.Give comics something other than the same old,tired-very tired superhero formula.

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  5. The original story first appeared in Harlan Ellisons Dangerous Visions anthology

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