Commander Martin Hawkins finds himself caught between a rock and a hard place in "Mission to Malooka" from Amazing Adventures #5 (Oct-Nov.1951); originally published by Ziff-Davis and wonderfully illustrated by the legendary silver age great, Murphy Anderson.
Cmdr. Hawkins has earned an exemplary record during his tenure with the Perimeter Patrol, but his superior officer holds a grudge from the days when he served with Hawkins father, a strict martinet towards subordinates. Sent out on a mission, Cmdr. Hawkins is forced to divert from those duties in order to save his vengeful Commandants son (who was sent along on the same mission). Exiled onto a harsh planet for his display of mercy, Cmdr. Hawkins is ultimately rescued by a surprising ally.
The bonus feature today is the terrific front cover painting for this sci-fi series next to last issue by Allen Anderson. Enjoy!