Fantastic Adventures, October 1949, featuring “King of the Dinosaurs” by J.W. Pelkie. Story features Tarzan stand-in Toka in a tale of men vs. Mesozoic monsters and there’s a game of dinosaur baseball.
Pelkie is actually a pen name of Shaver Mystery promoter, flying saucer popularizer, and paranormal explorer Raymond Palmer.
DUMMY OF DEATH!
… dinosaur baseball?
The Shaver Mysteries are worth reading about if you want to feel really uncomfortable about a dead author’s mental health issues.
The Mechanical Man
The Adventures of Superman Radio Serial - December
The Yellow Mask returns! Yet, even more surprisingly, Clark is secretly recruited into the Espionage Division of the Secret Service – the war effort is in full swing and Superman is clearly expected by the audience and the writers alike to do his part, even if only in his civilian disguise.
Both of these elements resolve in the theft of the unconquerable Mechanical Man, a powerful robot soldier who seems to have been at least lightly influenced by the Mechanical Monsters of the earlier Fleischer cartoon. Set loose by the Mask and sent rampaging through the nation, the Mechanical Man holds the country in terror – particularly as he bores down full speed on a packed orphanage.
The radio serial, at this point, tended to avoid singular menaces for the most part. The fast-paced and densely-packed Mechanical Man is an exception – due in no small part to the return of The Yellow Mask (one of Superman’s earliest foes) – but while the comics will begin to trend towards pseudonymous villains beginning in 1942, the radio serial is still some distance from setting Superman against super-villains on a regular basis, making stories like this a welcome exception…
Sadly, the radio episode here does not actually feature Superman versus a giant robot, but I do love me some Mechanical Monsters anyway.
And then there was that time I was searching Google for… something-or-other… and instead stumbled onto an eBay auction for a yearbook from Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko’s high school, where the auctioneer was using his inclusion as a selling point. So, of course, I saved the pics.
(I like the ad from “Radio Ralph, Johnstown’s Leading Radiotrician”. Ralph was also apparently Johnstown’s leading neologist.)
My love for the Star-Spangled Kid and Stripesy knows no bounds. Where’s that Archive Edition?
Man, you never see these kinds of fourth-wall-breaking ads anymore.
"Huh, that artist captured a pretty good likeness of the Christopher Reeves Superman - oh my god that’s from the FORTIES?!"
(also I think that one kid has a Jughead hat)
Pep cereal poster featuring Superman, scanned from a collection of Superman newspaper strips.