Wednesday, June 6, 2007

Tales of the Unexpected #102

Tales of the Unexpected #102 (On Sale: June 6, 1967) has a cover by Carmine Infantino and George Roussos.

Inside we have "Bang! Bang! You're Dead" drawn by Lee Elias and our cover story "The World's Weirdest... Death Race," featuring the Green Glob, by Dave Wood and George Roussos. The final story is a reprint from House of Secrets #9, "The Doomsday Drum" written by Dave Wood and drawn by two Atlas/Marvel favorites, Joe Maneely and Joe Sinnott.

I've never heard of the Green Glob, but according to the DC User's Guide...

During their 3.5 billion year existence as the Guardians of the Universe, the immortals of Oa made a number of attempts to bring order and justice to the cosmos. The Manhunters, the Halla'S and the Green Lantern Corps were among their best known experiments.

A lesser known experiment was the creation of machines composed of a cohesive plasma with near limitless energy. Unlike the power rings of the Green Lantern Corps, the Oan machines do not require recharging. Odorless and intangible, the Oan creation was invisible except when seen in certain frequencies of green light. The Oan designation is unknown, the plasma became known simply as the "Green Glob."

These machines were released into space and had the ability to temporarily warp reality to "teach a lesson" to a specific individual. How or why the Green Globs choose a specific individual is unknown. The Green Globs feature a form of intelligence beyond the understanding of most sentients. There is no report of any additional Guardian involvement after the Green Globs were sent into space [Angel and the Ape Vol. 2 #3-4].

Unconfirmed reports place the Green Glob on Earth as early as 1966. The stories tell of an entity "spawned in the black reaches of outer space and invisible to human eyes...[having] drifted to Earth to use its incredible powers on man in mysterious ways" [Tales of the Unexpected #94].
Edited by Jack Schiff.

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