Tuesday, August 11, 2015

From Beyond the Unknown #7

From Beyond the Unknown #7  (On Sale: August 11, 1970) has a so-so cover by Joe Kubert. DC was not going to give up on reprinting old science-fiction stories. Kind of like Marvel and their old monster books.

This issue actually starts out with a new story, "Earth Shall Not Die." 
This 12-pager is by Denny. O'Neil and Murphy Anderson. Commander Glenn Merritt believes that aliens are attacking the space program and convinces Congress to set up a base on the moon for him to investigate his theories.

The reprints begin now with  "The Menace of Saturn's Rings," a seven-page reprint from Strange Adventures #96 by Gardner Fox, Carmine Infantino and Joe Giella. Natives of Saturn send Saturn's rings to attack Earth.

That is followed by "Next Year -- Andromeda." This ten-page tale by Gardner Fox and Sid Greene is reprinted from Mystery in Space #85. Ensign Jay Drake finds a creature that can warp space to escape predators. He plans to capture it so scientists can study the creature and make more efficient space drives.

Next is "Do Not Open Till Doomsday," a six-page tale by Sid Gerson, Carmine Infantino and Bernard Sachs from the pages of Strange Adventures #36. When magic globes begin to fall to Earth that grant the wishes of any Earthman who uses them, Dr. George Lynch suspects an ulterior motive.

Then we have "World at the Edge of the Universe." This six-pager by Otto Binder and Sy Barry is reprinted from Strange Adventures #60, Ted Carter is the student chosen to represent Earth in a tour of the galaxy for prized students. At first, Ted is useless because he has no training of other worlds, but eventually a problem arises that the other students can't solve but Ted can.

That is followed by "The Twice-Told Tale" by Jack Miller, Gil Kane and Joe Giella and is reprinted from Strange Adventures #27. How could George Mitchell write a novel that turned out to be a word-for-word copy of a book he had never seen that was written more than 100 years in the past?

We end with our cover-story, "The Giant from Beyond," a nine-page story by Gardner Fox, Mike Sekowsky and Frank Giacoia. When a giant beanstalk appears on Earth and a giant Alien being begins crawling down the beanstalk, Captain Craig Johnson volunteers to stop him. This one was reprinted from Strange Adventures #101.

Edited by Julius Schwartz.

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