Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Infantino Month Part 4: Adam Strange in "The Weapon that Swallowed Men"

 Carmine Infantino may not have been the original Adam Strange artist, and he certainly didn’t alter the formula of the series to any extent that you could say he re-invented the character, but after his Flash work, Infantino’s Adam Strange run in Mystery in Space was his finest work during this era. It’s easily the best space opera art in comics since the Alex Raymond years of Flash Gordon and is (sadly) much superior to Infantino’s later Star Wars work.
 The story here from Mystery in Space #63 is pretty silly, but there’s a charm to it just the same. It was reprinted in DC’s 1999 anthology titled (fittingly enough) Mystery in Space: Pulp Fiction Library which collected most of their space heroes’ stories alongside some one-offs.

 That’s gotta count for something, right? Dig those crazy aliens. All © DC.

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