Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Number 610

Aurora of Jupiter

We're finally wrapping up the entire contents of Captain Rocket #1, a one-shot comic from 1951.

Aurora is quite a babe, 1951-style or 2009-style. Bikini-wearing space-babes...the reason I wanted to be an astronaut.

...and dig that crazy cigar-chomping alien!

The other three stories from the issue are in Pappy's #517, Pappy's #533, and Pappy's #563.


Unknown said...

If it's of any interest, I found this info about P. L. Publishing

D.S. Publishing 1947-1951
[John Giffin, owner & publisher]

Pappy said...

Thanks for the information. Seaboard published the Classics Illustrated-like Stories of Famous Authors Illustrated. It appears that P.L. Publishing was one name among others under one roof.

Chuck Wells said...

Not too bad, Pappy!

Fun, wonky sci-fi stuff like this just doesn't show up on the stands anymore, so old stories that aren't self-conscious about the absurdity of themselves are always appreciated.

Mark Armstrong said...

Am I not the only one reminded of the movie adaptation of Barbarella, starring Jane Fonda? The first page or so, especially, reminds me of the the first scene after the credits, where Barbarella is contacted over the space phone by the president of the Earth (and rotating premier of the Sun System), and given a mission that only she can carry out.

As I read this story, the theme music for Barbarella ("Barbarella, psychedella...) was running through the back of my mind, and in my mind's eye I was substituting Jane Fonda for Aurora. I read this as a sort of sequel to Barbarella, complete with background music and special effects.

Reading comics is a lot more fun for children who can see the pictures within pictures, children who know how to look.

Mark Armstrong said...

For those who don't remember the Barbarella theme song, here's a link. The lyrics start at the 1:48 mark--

Tamfos said...

"The Man Who Wanted a World." What a title!

Did anyone else notice the occasional weird-ass doublespeak in this story? There are a few spots, but here's an example on Page Six in Panel Two:

"Instantly the great Lizardons began to split and shatter under Aurora's ray cannon... slowly, the terrifying beasts began to vaporize and disappear..."

Maybe it was a really slow instant. Wish I knew who did the art almost as much as I wish I knew who wrote it.

Matthew Ellis said...

Does anyone have the email address for Martin Greim?
I would like to contact him about some comic related interests.

Matthew Ellis said...

oops forgot my email
yosemitesam46 at

Mykal Banta said...

Pappy: Aurora is wonderfully sexy. What a take-charge woman! Thanks for this great story. -- Mykal

Mr. Cavin said...

Pharmaceutical grenades! Hit 'em with the Ritalin, boys. This was awesome, Pappy. I love the simple explanations at the end that are even more preposterous than the face value. Good thing you whipped up your black-light, Aurora! How silly of us to believe that three-headed fire-breathing ghost monsters were even possible, sheesh!