Although the cover says “No. 1,” Rex Dexter of Mars was a one-shot publication from Fox Features, dated Fall 1940. Except for the story I’m showing today, the magazine is made up of reprints from Fox’s Mystery Men and Wonderworld comics.
Rex and his girlfriend Cynde have been raised on Mars, where Rex's great-grandpappy took a group of people in 1939. In 2040 Rex and Cynde return to Earth to find a utopian world. According to an unnamed character, explaining how life on Earth has changed in 100 years, it is, “Oh, much better, I’d say! To-day we are a united world, all working for the common good!” In the world of 2040 no one works because they have to, just because they want to. There is no need for money. Hey, want a ride on the city bus to the job where you aren’t being paid? It’s free.
***********Here’s another of Rex’s adventures from Mystery Men Comics. Just click on the picture.