([circa 1960])

Thorpe & Porter, 1958? Series
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Price
1/- [0-1-0 GBP]
Pages
68
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Strato Publications Ltd.
Brand
TP
Editing
?
Color
Colour cover; Black and White interior
Dimensions
9.5" x 7"
Paper Stock
Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Binding
Perfect bound
Publishing Format
Was ongoing

The Runaway Space-Train! (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Colors
?
Letters
?

Genre
science fiction
Reprints
Keywords
railroads; trains

Indexer Notes

Art credit from GCD index of original publication.

YOUR chance to build an ATLAS BODY! (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Runaway Space-Train! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 9.67 pages (report information)

Script
Gardner Fox
Pencils
Gil Kane
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Our train is going to land on this planet--outside our solar system!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bobby; Nell (Bobby's mother); Bobby's father; Mrs Alson (old lady passenger); Vectus (friendly alien)
Synopsis
A group of humans on a train are transported across the universe to Almoran. At the same time a group of Almoran aliens are sent to Earth disguised as Earthlings. The humans and Almorans are flashed by a ray from an enemy spaceship causing the Almorans to fall asleep. The humans pretend to be asleep and then defeat the attackers. The Almorans reward the Earth people by allowing them to keep their memories of the adventure but place a mental block on them to prevent them from talking about it.
Reprints
Keywords
railroads; spaceship; trains

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 3) (Expand) /

Adventures into the Unknown / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Earth...Condemned World! (Table of Contents: 4)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
John Giunta
Inks
John Giunta
Letters
Ira Schnapp

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Why that Earth-city shows no color on your television screen! It receives only in black and white!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Daryl Halbert
Synopsis
Daryl Halbert records the albedo (reflectivity) of planets. He receives a message to return to Earth quickly. His spaceship is damaged on his way back and he is rescued by aliens. He is told that they are on their way to Earth to destroy it! Earth's albedo is falling and when it reaches zero it will break free from the Sun and become an undetectable space menace. Halbert asks for time to find a cure and is given 7 hours. He discovers that Earth has a covering of glassy space dust. A test bomb clears a small hole and proves that the Earth, and other planets in the future, can be saved.
Reprints
Keywords
albedo; spaceship

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 5) (Expand) /

Guilty / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 6)

Giants of the Telescope / comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
?
Inks
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Giovanni Donati (1826 - 1873)
Genre
non-fiction; biography; maths & science
Synopsis
One page potted biography of the Italian born astronomer Giovanni Donati, one of the foremost comet-hunters.
Reprints

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 7)

Wonders of Space / letters page / 1 page (report information)

Script
Julius Schwartz (Science Editor) ?
Pencils
? (header illustration)
Inks
? (header illustration)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Dear Science Editor, I'm puzzled why interplanetary space should...
Genre
non-fiction; maths & science
Reprints

Indexer Notes

Letters from T.R., asking about interplanetary space being cold, C.W., asking about weight changing across the face of the Earth and W.S., asking about how the speed of a meteor is measured.

Riddle of Asteroid 8794! (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Frank Giacoia
Inks
Frank Giacoia
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Out among the nine solar sytem planets, in the 22nd century, goes the interplanetary broadcast of the space-disc-jockey, playing requests...
Genre
crime; science fiction
Characters
Bruce Carlton; Gloria (Bruce's girlfriend); Clark Hale (space-disc-jockey); Cyrus Crane; "Orion" Batson (interplanetary outlaw)
Synopsis
Bruce Carlton has arranged for Clark Hale to play a song for Gloria on the radio. Hale plays a song that insults Gloria. Carlton goes to Hale's studio but it is empty. Carlton deduces that the catalog number for the record relates to an asteroid. There he finds Hale trapped in a crater. Hale tells him that he was left buried treasure by Cyrus Crane who loved his program. "Orion" Batson overheard everything except where the burial spot was and took him to the asteroid. Carlton and Hale burrow underneath and take the treasure before Batson can. Later Hale plays a proper song for Gloria.
Reprints
Keywords
asteroid; spaceship

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 9) (Expand) /

Kid Colt Outlaw / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

I Stalked the Camouflage Creatures (Table of Contents: 10)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Doug Wildey
Inks
Doug Wildey
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Weird enough were the strange disappearances of our country's most guarded secrets...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Doctor Munston; Special Agent Blake
Synopsis
Munston cannot find out who is stealing from the missile testing base so calls in help. Blake arrives but finds nothing wrong with security and so sets up cameras to trap the thief. The film shows furniture coming to life and stealing items. They approach a couch which fights and almost defeats them until it is stunned when it falls onto a generator. Outside more creatures come to life and the captured creature shrinks out of sight. The creatures are followed to a crevice caused by a recent earthquake. They send a signal down the crevice which blows up some explosive in a stolen warhead.
Reprints
Keywords
shape shifters; underground aliens

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 11) (Expand) /

Mr. District Attorney / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

We Battled the Microscopic Menace! (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
At first, it was a tiny speck--almost a nothingness--seen only through a powerful microscope!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Professor Elliott Saunders; Marcus Drake; Tom (caretaker); newspaper reporter
Synopsis
Saunders and Drake find a microscopic animal that has been destroying their mineral specimens. They try to kill it and after many attempts leave it overnight under a positive ion beam. Next morning the lab is destroyed and footsteps lead through a hole in the wall. They follow the trail to a town under construction. The town caretaker escapes and warns them but then a ray from the creature melts their Jeep. Bullets also melt but then they notice that the windscreen of the jeep hasn't melted. They use a portable negative ion generator behind glass to shrink and destroy the creature.
Reprints
Keywords
ion generator; negative ions; positive ions

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 13) (Expand) /

Blackhawk / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Phantom Riders Club (Table of Contents: 14) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

The Dust Demon (Table of Contents: 15)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Jack Miller
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Even my closest co-workers were puzzled, as the three of us gazed across the dry, barren valley where I was about to launch the experiment.
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
Scientist tries to make dry soil extract moisture with an injection of an experimental chemical. This creates a mud creature which grows in size sucking water out trees and plants in its path. He defeats this first creature by creating a second creature which is attracted to the first creature and then they destroy each other.
Reprints

We Wore the Forbidden Masks (Table of Contents: 16)

comic story / 8.67 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
To me, they appeared to be three odd, but rather interesting fiesta masks--
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Martin; Parker; Ellis; Jose
Synopsis
In South America Martin buys three fiesta masks from a street hawker. Jose tells Martin that his mask is the Mask of Mastery and there were two more masks, of Fear and Doom, made at the same time. Martin dons his mask and finds he can control animals. He sees Parker wearing the Mask of Fear and surrounded by fearful demons. He trips Parker up and the mask falls off and then he stamps it to pieces. They then see a train accident and a cart on fire caused by Ellis wearing the Mask of Doom. Martin dons his mask and orders animals to remove the other mask. Later all masks are destroyed.
Reprints
Keywords
fiesta; mask

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

Adventures into the Unknown / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

The Superstitious Mine Owner! (Table of Contents: 18)

comic story / 1 page (report information)

Script
Julius Schwartz
Pencils
Morris Waldinger
Inks
Tommy Nicolosi
Letters
Milt Snapinn

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Oll Sparks was only an ordinary prospector--till something happened in Cripple Creek, Colorado, that turned him into one of the most extraordinary gold-hunters of all time...
Genre
western-frontier
Characters
Oll Sparks
Synopsis
Miner Oll Sparks finds plenty of gold after making a lucky charm from a piece of iron pyrites (Fools Gold). Then one day it is smashed and Sparks finds no more gold. Eventually he loses his fortune and retires.
Reprints
Keywords
Fools Gold; gold mine; iron pyrites

The Man Who Broke the Light-Speed Barrier! (Table of Contents: 19)

comic story / 7.67 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Manny Stallman
Inks
Joe Giella
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The experiment was designed to test what would happen to a spaceman traveling faster than light!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Jan Holt (test pilot)
Synopsis
Jan Holt is accelerated to the speed of light in an ultra-centrifuge and his consciousness is flung out into space. It lands in the body of a dog-like creature on another planet. By luck a spaceship from Earth lands to survey the planet. Holt tries to gain their attention but the explorers dismiss all his attempts to communicate. The rocket is flung into space by a super geyser leaving the explorers behind. Holt jumps into the ship and manages to land it. He is taken back to Earth as a reward. He runs off to the hospital where his mentality is drawn back to his body as he gets close.
Reprints
Keywords
faster than light; mind transfer

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 20) (Expand) /

Blackhawk / promo (ad from the publisher) / 0.33 page (report information)

Bargain for Stamp Collectors (Table of Contents: 21) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Read the Best in the World's Finest Juvenile Publications (Table of Contents: 22) (Expand) /

promo (ad from the publisher) / 1 page (report information)