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Adam Strange from DC comics

 
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Bud Brewster
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2024 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote





I loved these comics and the concept they were based on when I was a kid. The idea of a handsome young scientist who is zapped to a distant planet and then returned on a regular basis, all caused by a natural phenomenon he figures out how to use, is terrific.

The suit he wears, with its cool rocket pack, was something I especially loved -- along with his slender girlfriend (and later his wife), Alanna. She was drawn by Carmine Infantino at first, a very slender gal from the artist who drew the Flash (also slender in his early days), but the artist who took over rounded Alanna out considerably.

Not a bad thing, really, but I liked her the way she was.





Erin Gray from Buck Rogers in the 25th Century would have been perfect for the role in a movie version.



Erin looked much better with dark hair anyway.



I want these action figures! Very Happy



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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2024 4:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the stories were written by the prolific Gardener Fox. He wanted to tell an updated story similar to John Carter of Mars.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 23, 2024 5:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gord Green wrote:
Most of the stories were written by the prolific Gardener Fox. He wanted to tell an updated story similar to John Carter of Mars.

Hey, that's exactly what Adam Strange was all about! I never made the obvious connection!
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2024 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A bit more on the origin of Adam Strange.

From Wiki.....

"In 1957, DC Comics editorial director Irwin Donenfeld held a meeting with editors Jack Schiff and Julius Schwartz in his office, asking them each to create a new science fiction hero, one from the present and one from the future.

Given first pick Schiff chose to create one from the future, Space Ranger. Schwartz was happy with the pick feeling that readers would more readily identify with a hero from the present. He conceived the idea of an Earth man repeatedly traveling to a planet in the Alpha Centauri star system by using a "Zeta-beam" altered by space radiation.

Since Adam Strange was the first Earthman on another planet, he named his character Adam after the Biblical first man.

When asked about the inspiration behind the character, Gardner Fox stated "I suppose you could say that John Carter was in my subconscious, you had to think of some interesting way to transfer him to from earth up to the planet Rann before you even got started in on a plot, but it was fun to do."

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 28, 2024 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Great post, Gord! Very Happy

I firmly believe that an Adam Strange movie would be very successful — more so than John Carter, if was done the way it should be.

Thanks for pumping new energy into this thread, not to mention All Sci-Fi! Cool

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