One Panel #253-255: Magic vs. SF

Being a collection of panels where DC's mystical heroes tangle with science fiction concepts...
From The Spectre: "The Curse of Kulak" by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Bailey, All-Star Comics #2 (September 1940)

Before All-Star Comics featured the Justice Society of America (from the next issue), it simply showcased DC's big stars in solo stories, unencumbered by non-superhero stars. #2's Spectre story nevertheless introduces Kulak, one of the comparatively few Golden Age villains who got a Who's Who entry (albeit, half a page). Here he confronts the Spectre in outer space, racing around the rings of Saturn (I guess; you can see Earth from there).

From Dr. Fate: "The People from Outer Space" by Gardner Fox and Howard Sherman, More Fun Comics #59 (September 1940)

Dr. Fate, meanwhile, was fighting aliens - ALIENS! - in the pages of More Fun Comics.

From The Spectre: "The Menace of Xnon" by Jerry Siegel and Bernard Bailey, More Fun Comics #60 (October 1940)

And in the next issue of More Fun (which was physically on the stands the same month), the Spectre follows an alien criminal home and blows up his entire planet. I kid you not.

Mystical superheroes? Should they be getting involved in this kind of stuff?


Anonymous said...

The Spectre's fissure explodes? My inner 12-year-old allows for only one interpretation.


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