Time Capsule: The Aging of Atlas

It's time to be archaeologists. Our forefathers (not your four fathers, geez the modern family can get complicated) left us comics long since forgotten. Buried treasures... or dinosaur poop? We may never know... or may we? For they are lost no longer as Siskoid's Blog of Geekery unearths and opens a...
The label says April 1975...

1ST ISSUE SPECIAL #1, DC Comics, April 1975
Poor 1st Issue Special. It thought it could be the new Showcase, but few of the new concepts it featured ever made it to the big leagues. Case in point Jack Kirby's Atlas, who only recently showed up to fight the Last Son of Krypton in James Robinson's Superman. Who was he before he became Doomsday Redux? Before he got pwned by Krypto the Super-Dog?

The comic is itself a time capsule that takes us back to the Time of Myth, where a young boy's entire village is destroyed by slavers who kill anyone they do not capture, including the boy's father. And there, the boy, who guess what, is named Atlas, meets the man responsible, the "lizard man" Hyssa. And a handsome one he is.
Amazingly, Lil' Atlas bops him one and runs into the field to hide.
And there he is ambushed by the wizard Chagra, who will become his friend and mentor (phew!). Once the slavers are gone, Atlas runs for his house and his magic crystal, a family heirloom undoubtedly responsible for his amazing strength. He grows up and accomplishes many great deeds along the way, including...

...fighting a prehistoric rhino!
Holding a shoddy bridge!
And breaking bricks with his armpits for money!
And so the legend grew!

Let's not forget the occasional beat down (a Kirby specialty).
And some cold badassery.
But came the day when Atlas crossed paths with Hyssa again. His revenge was at hand. How did it go?
Nobody wrote in. A great saga doesn't begin after all. Kirby's DC star was waning fast already, and like Omac and other projects, Atlas was aborted before his story could be told.

In the end end, the great saga was told in a two-page spread in Superman #678. Atlas defeats Hyssa and wins the world, but he has a tendency to scare his concubines with the raw power of his fists. Or so the legend goes. A legend that ends like this:
If your beginnings aren't memorable, at least your ending can be.


Next time: Who the heck is that Beowulf who showed up in Wonder Woman last year? Archaeological investigations continue on the SBG.


De said...

You just don't f@#& with Krypto.

Bass said...

Ouuuuuhhhhh you're getting me all excited now. TIME CAPSULES RULE!

chiasaur11 said...

Ah, Kirby and Krypto in one post. Life is good.

So, what if tomorrow?

I gotta say, I really like that little feature.

Sleestak said...

To be fair, those bridges would have held up better if they didn't drive over them in vehicles with 500 pound wheels made of stone.

Siskoid said...

Chiasaur: I've failed you again. I didn't think there was that much of a following for the What If feature. How's tomorrow sound then?

Sleestak: They hadn't come around to inventing a little something we call physics yet.


Blog Archive


5 Things to Like Activities Advice Alien Nation Aliens Say the Darndest Things Alpha Flight Amalgam Ambush Bug Animal Man anime Aquaman Archetypes Archie Heroes Arrowed Asterix Atom Avengers Awards Babylon 5 Batman Battle Shovel Battlestar Galactica Black Canary BnB 2-in1 Books Booster Gold Buffy Canada Captain America Captain Marvel Cat CCGs Charlton Circles of Hell Class Comics Comics Code Approved Conan Contest Cooking Crisis Daredevil Dating Kara Zor-El Dating Lois Lane Dating Lucy Lane Dating Princess Diana DCAU Deadman Dial H Dice Dinosaur Island Dinosaurs Director Profiles Doctor Who Doom Patrol Down the Rabbit Hole Dr. Strange Encyclopedia Fantastic Four Fashion Nightmares Fiasco Films Within Films Flash Flushpoint Foldees French Friday Night Fights Fun with Covers FW Team-Up Galleries Game design Gaming Geekly roundup Geeks Anonymous Geekwear Gimme That Star Trek Godzilla Golden Age Grant Morrison Great Match-Ups of Science Fiction Green Arrow Green Lantern Hawkman Hero Points Podcast Holidays House of Mystery Hulk Human Target Improv Inspiration Intersect Invasion Invasion Podcast Iron Man Jack Kirby Jimmy Olsen JLA JSA Judge Dredd K9 the Series Kirby Motivationals Krypto Kung Fu Learning to Fly Legion Letters pages Liveblog Lonely Hearts Podcast Lord of the Rings Machine Man Motivationals Man-Thing Marquee Masters of the Universe Memes Memorable Moments Metal Men Metamorpho Micronauts Millennium Mini-Comics Monday Morning Macking Movies Mr. Terrific Music Nelvana of the Northern Lights Nightmare Fuel Number Ones Obituaries oHOTmu OR NOT? Old52 One Panel Outsiders Panels from Sheena Paper Dolls Play Podcast Polls Questionable Fridays Radio Rants Reaganocomics Recollected Red Bee Red Tornado Reign Retro-Comics Reviews Rom RPGs Sandman Sapphire & Steel Sarah Jane Adventures Saturday Morning Cartoons SBG for Girls Seasons of DWAITAS Secret Origins Podcast Secret Wars SF Shut Up Star Boy Silver Age Siskoid as Editor Siskoid's Mailbox Space 1999 Spectre Spider-Man Spring Cleaning ST non-fiction ST novels: DS9 ST novels: S.C.E. ST novels: The Shat ST novels: TNG ST novels: TOS Star Trek Streaky Suicide Squad Supergirl Superman Supershill Swamp Thing Tales from Earth-Prime Team Horrible Teen Titans That Franchise I Never Talk About The Prisoner The Thing Then and Now Theory Thor Thursdays of Two Worlds Time Capsule Timeslip Tintin Torchwood Tourist Traps of the Forgotten Realms Toys Turnarounds TV V Waking Life Warehouse 13 Websites What If? Who's This? Whoniverse-B Wikileaked Wonder Woman X-Files X-Men Zine