Friday, May 18, 2018
Number 2182: The one, the only, Solarman!
He is sent to Earth from Saturn to help Earth people. He beats up some gangsters, then takes off for home again. It doesn’t seem like it would be worth the trip. Maybe that is why he never came back for an encore.
Solarman’s creator, Frank Thomas, had more luck with other features he created and drew. He did The Eye, Dr Hypno, and Chuck Hardy for Centaur, but he also worked for Dell Comics, where he created and drew two of his best, The Owl and Billy and Bonny Bee. Thomas worked in newspaper comics later in his career, including ghosting the Ferd’nand feature until his death in 1968.