Tumblr favorite #2740: Captain Science, carry that damsel!


My original tumblr post was here. This image is the cover of Issue #2 of Captain Science, for which the Grand Comics Database entry is here. Captain Science was seven-issue series published in 1950-1 by a publisher called Youthful, whose catalog ran from Atomic Attack to Zowie! This image was first posted on Tumblr by Vintage Geek Culture, who added the following comment:

I’ve often wondered if Captain Science inspired Green Lantern. For one, they have identical origin stories: a bald alien with an unusual skin color crash lands in the American Southwest, who then summons a pilot and then gives him power (either a ring, or grants him advanced scientific knowledge via a teaching machine). Captain Science came out in 1951; GL came out in 1959.

Tumblr favorite #2717: “The big brain am winning again!”


My original tumblr post was here. This comics page was originally posted on Tumblr by Vintage Geek Culture who attributes it to Gil Kane. A minor mystery hovers around this comic, as the the Grand Comics Database does appear to have an entry for Astra: Girl of the Future, however there it is listed as a Tijuana bible. This particular page doesn’t betray any of that; the subject matter is too standard and the production values to high. It seems likely that the GCD entry is a parody of a real comic. A bit more searching, however, does turn up the story “The Mad Brain” with an Astra character in Sensation Comics #106 (1942).