Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Number 1803: Men in Space: Secret of the Flying Saucers!
In the sixties there were UFO flaps around the United States. UFO sightings made the news, fueling further speculation about a flying saucer “mystery” that had been going on at that time for 20 years. When I was in the U.S. Army in '67 and '68 there were a lot of paperback books about flying saucers circulating around the barracks, several of them promising an answer to the mystery. I read some of them, and the cover of each one promised the real, true, amazing answer to the riddle of the flying saucers. Yet each book presented a different real, true, amazing answer. I love stories about UFO/flying saucers, but I am a true skeptic. Land a flying saucer in front of me, have the aliens come out and talk to me, tell me what the “secret of the flying saucers” is, and I might believe it. Of course, I would never make the mistake of Captain Martin Croft, in this tale from Strange Adventures #2 (1950). I would not tell anyone about my experience. Marty was not believed. With a wild tale like that the only thing anyone would believe is the teller is in need of some strong medication.
This issue of Strange Adventures had one other story about aliens concerned with the human history of violence. “Endless War” can be found at Pappy's #1683. It is written by David Vern. “Secret of the Flying Saucers” is written by David V. Reed, who is actually David Vern, who is actually David Levine. The Grand Comics Database credits Jim Mooney for the artwork.
From 2011: Two more flying saucer tales. Just click on the thumbnail.