Saturday, March 26, 2011

Science Fiction/Double Feature Presents: "The City of Light" (Ziff-Davis;1952)

Sadly, this is the penultimate story from the final issue of Amazing Adventures #6 (Fall 1952); originally published by Ziff-Davis. Equally frustrating for me personally is the lack of creator credits for this story. "The City of Light" is a typical 1950's-style space opera, but it looks good and is a fun read too. The only credit listed for this fine tale in the Grand Comics Database is one for letterer Ben Oda. Great job, Ben!

The second feature today is a single page fact filler called "Station in Space". That leaves just one more time at bat next weekend, and the Catacombs will finally close the doors on this cool series of posts.



bzak said...


The artist for the first story might very well be Henry Enoch Sharp. He is also the artist for a few of the best drawn stories in "G.I. Joe" comics (the Ziff-Davis comic not the Marvel atrocity). A little info about him can be found here:

Brian Riedel

p.s. Get in line where Claire Robinson is concerned. Hubba Hubba!

Jeff Overturf said...

That first panel of Miss Carter could qualify her for a "Gal Friday" post. This was pure fun sci-fi. Love it!

Daniel [] said...

I understand that most artists are used to thinking of colors in terms of pigment, in which case white seems an absence of color. But the colors of pigmentation also cannot be fit onto the spectrum. For example, there's no spot on it for purple (which must be formed by combining a color or colors from one end of the spectrum with color or colors from the other). Artists typically work with color wheels or with three-dimensional mappings.

So somebody ought to have said “Uh, white light? I think it's different from that.”

Smurfswacker said...

"City of Light" was definitely drawn by Henry Sharp. He was a very talented artist, unjustly forgotten. In his later years he went into TV...I understand he was a prop designer for "Mission: Impossible" among other assignments.

Chuck Wells said...

Good to know! Thanks for clueing me in on Sharp's participation here. I'm familiar with his name, but couldn't tell you much about him otherwise, so it's nice to have this work properly credited to him.

The Mission Impossible connection earns him lots of respect with me. Loved the original show!