([1963])

Thorpe & Porter, 1962? Series
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Price
1/- [0-1-0 GBP]
Pages
68
On-sale date
1963 ?
Indicia / Colophon Publisher
Top Sellers Ltd.
Brand
TP
Editing
?
Color
Colour Cover; Black & White Interior
Dimensions
9.5" x 7"
Paper Stock
Glossy Cover; Newsprint Interior
Binding
Perfect Bound
Publishing Format
Was Ongoing Series

Issue Notes

Year extrapolated from advert for Race for the Moon comics in Flash (Thorpe & Porter, 1962 series) issues 1 & 2 https://www.comics.org/issue/760804/?issue_detail=2#1628535 and advert in Race for the Moon (Thorpe & Porter) issue 22 https://www.comics.org/issue/515291/?issue_detail=2#2557685 offering a set of compendium LPs with songs issued and current in 1964 - 65.

Parts of this issue are reprinted:

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents)

cover / 1 page (report information)

Pencils
?
Inks
?
Colors
?
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
...Hello Earth, I've found it, but something funny's going on...
Genre
science fiction

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 1) (Expand) /

Cannon Records / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Amazing Space-Flight of North America! (Table of Contents: 2)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Sid Greene
Inks
Joe Giella
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
How big do you imagine space ships of the future will be...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Rax-Jun; Professor Lloyd Ashton
Synopsis
Three billion years ago Rax-Jun carries the only sample of Zynex which will stop the destruction of the Universe in the far future. Suddenly his spaceship starts crumbling. He buries the Zynex on a nearby planet and cuts a sign on to it. Present day aliens visit Earth and tell the United Nations that the continent of North America is the sign as the destruction of the Universe is starting in the North America Nebula. The continent is lifted off Earth and taken to the nebula. Lloyd Ashton determines that the Zynex is buried in a position that precisely matches the unstable star in the nebula.
Reprints
Keywords
Cygnus Constellation; Nebraska cornfield; North America Nebula; spaceship; ultradyne cutting ray; Zynex

The Dragon of Times Square (Table of Contents: 3)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bob Brown
Inks
Bob Brown
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
New York City is full of wonders...
Genre
fantasy-supernatural; science fiction
Characters
Sir Gawain; Miss Brown (showgirl); Monaghan (beat patrolman); Frank (patrolman); Jim (patrolman); Pete (patrolman); Professor Caxton (astronomer, mentioned in TV report)
Synopsis
Sir Gawain is fighting a dragon in King Arthur's time when he and the dragon are transported to modern-day New York City by a bolt of lightning.
Reprints
Keywords
Duffy Square; King Arthur's Round Table; New York; Times Square

Riddle of the Glowing Space-Cabby! (Table of Contents: 4)

Space Cabby / comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Bernard Sachs
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
As a space-cabby I often work long hours... and like it!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Space Cabby
Synopsis
Space cabby is suffering from toothache again after having a filling that morning. He steps outside his cab and starts glowing and feeling dizzy, this disappears when gets back in. He has to take passengers, drink, eat and sleep in his cab. Because he can't go to the bank his money bag fills up and a thief notices it. The thief forces cabby to an asteroid and then makes his escape taunting cabby that he can't chase him. Suddenly cabby catches the thief and captures him. He has worked out that the mercury in his tooth filling was being affected by a faulty mercury vapour door lamp.
Reprints
Keywords
mercury; toothache

Indexer Notes

All spellings of space-cabby in this story are hyphenated.

In the third panel on page 5 Bernard Sachs has forgotten to draw the head covering on the thief.

Wonders of Space (Table of Contents: 5)

text article / 1 page (report information)

Script
Julius Schwartz
Pencils
Raymond Perry (header illustration)
Inks
Raymond Perry (header illustration)
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
With the exception of Mercury, Venus, and possibly Pluto, all the planets of our solar system have moons - or satellites - revolving around them.
Genre
non-fiction; maths & science
Synopsis
Text article giving a round-up and history of the then known moons in the solar system.
Reprints

Indexer Notes

The original page used to make the plate for printing this page is poor with black marks and a very visible cut line along bottom.

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

Mysteries in Space! / cartoon / 1 page (report information)

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

Job Number
532
First Line of Dialogue or Text
Just as the Earth makes a complete revolution around the sun...
Genre
non-fiction; maths & science
Synopsis
Four panels offering information on how many times the solar system has revolved around the Milky Way galaxy, how many novae are seen each year, how many galaxies the 200-inch Mt. Palomar telescope can see and what the combined diameter of Mars's two moons Phobos and Deimos is.
Reprints

Invaders of the Dark (Table of Contents: 7)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Lou Cameron
Inks
Lou Cameron
Letters
Pat Gordon

First Line of Dialogue or Text
It was unbelievable-- like something out of a ghastly fairy tale!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Jerry Boyle; Mr. Stokes (diner proprietor); Ma Kinder (rented room provider - mentioned)
Synopsis
Jerry Boyle sits next to a strange man on the train. At Freeburgh he has a meal and as he leaves Stokes sees him glowing. Stokes takes the sheriff to show him the glowing man. As Boyle switches the light off he does indeed glow. The townspeople blame Boyle for the glowing which has spread but then the stranger appears and says it's his fault. They chase the stranger but lose him in a bright carnival. Boyle then finds the stranger by himself. The stranger reveals that the glowing will soon disappear. He is searching for another world for his people and that he now must try another world.
Reprints
Keywords
Freeburgh; Harkins junction; phosphorescent people

Menace of the Falling Moon! (Table of Contents: 8)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
John Giunta
Inks
John Giunta
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Burt Barton, tracer of lost books, was given the assignment of tracking down the rarest book on Earth...
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Burt Barton (rare book detective); Hiram Oakley (wealthy book collector); Otis Todd (book shop owner); Miss J. James (chief librarian); Henry Logan (book reviewer); Art Forrest (science fiction collector); Jed Jackson
Synopsis
Oakley wants a science fiction book called "Menace of the Falling Moon". Barton tries various sources without success. Art Forest tells him that the story concerns moon people landing in a town called Tanville. The moon needs stabilizing and they have to set up a repeller machine there. Jed Jackson is difficult to persuade but eventually believes them. The machine is put in place. Barton realizes that everyone he has spoken to comes from Brownville. He goes there and finds the story is true. The job is nearly finished. Barton's memory is changed to believe that he has read the story as well.
Reprints
Keywords
Brownville; cloud magnet; repeller machine; spaceship; Tanville

Prisoners of the Tiny Universe (Table of Contents: 9)

comic story / 8 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Nick Cardy
Inks
Nick Cardy
Letters
Pat Gordon

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Deep into the limitless void hurtled the two men...
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
Scientists have created a tiny duplicate of the solar system and are showing it to a newspaper reporter. The duplicate is behaving independently when suddenly the miniature sun starts flaring. It will soon explode. Not far away a policeman chases a thief who has stolen valuable medical Radium into the laboratory. Both plunge into the experiment and shrink at the same time. The thief still tries to escape the policeman but eventually is overpowered. Now the problem is that the unstable sun is filling the experiment with smoke. The policeman puts some Radium out so they can be seen and rescued.
Reprints
Keywords
miniature solar system; Radium

[no title indexed] (Table of Contents: 10)

Moolah the Mystic / comic story / 2 pages (report information)

Script
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Pencils
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Inks
Henry Boltinoff (signed)
Letters
Henry Boltinoff (signed)

First Line of Dialogue or Text
Are you ready for the seance, gentlemen?
Genre
humour
Characters
Moolah
Synopsis
Moolah demonstrates his powers at a seance by levitating a table. He tells two onlookers that he cannot reveal the secret of levitation. He offers to drop the onlookers off somewhere and then they decide to eat. A policeman tells Moolah he can't park next to fire hydrant, he has to be fifteen feet away. Moolah levitates the vehicle fifteen feet into the air!
Reprints

Indexer Notes

There is a #11 under Boltinoff's signature. Unsure if this is the number of the Moolah feature (likely) or a job number. Most Boltinoff job numbers were four digits.

Earthman, Go Home! (Table of Contents: 11)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Otto Binder
Pencils
Carmine Infantino
Inks
Bernard Sachs
Letters
?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
From the moment the Earthman set foot on the frosty world, his life was in constant danger!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Bruce Barton; Ozz Koom; Zol Koom (ancestor of Ozz Koom)
Synopsis
Space salesman Bruce Barton has landed on a new planet hoping to trade but the first native he sees runs away. He follows but is attacked by ice spears, a quicksand trap and exploding fruit. Leaving the planet he talks with Martian salesman Ozz Koom and tells him to avoid the planet. Ozz Koom tells him the story of his ancestor who visited Earth in 1900 and mistook many signs as hostile and it wasn't until an Earthman reached Mars in 1966 that this was realised. Thinking about his experience Barton realises he could have been mistaken as well. Ozz Koom lands and tries, this time with success.
Reprints
Keywords
; Intergalactic Export Company

The Mirage Beneath the Sea (Table of Contents: 12)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
?
Pencils
Bill Ely
Inks
Bill Ely
Letters
Pat Gordon

First Line of Dialogue or Text
From the murky floor of the ocean they came, to punish Frank Barston for his infamous crime!
Genre
fantasy-supernatural
Characters
Frank Barston; King Neptune
Synopsis
Frank Barston thinks he sees King Neptune when he is diving to illegally recover some salvage. His evil partner Dick knows it is rapture from the depths (nitrogen narcosis) but doesn't tell him directly and plots to scare him out of the treasure. However Barston overhears this. Later, when King Neptune arrives Barton gives him the treasure and then attempts to shoot Dick who he thinks is dressed as Neptune. But it is not Dick, who has been arrested earlier. So it must have been the real Neptune. The next morning the newspaper reports that the salvage has been left with the rightful owner.
Reprints
Keywords
nitrogen narcosis; Pelican Island; rapture from the depths; salvage

Who Is This Stranger? (Table of Contents: 13)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

First Line of Dialogue or Text
I stared blankly at the hotel register.
Genre
science fiction
Synopsis
A man can't remember who he is. All he can remember is a terrific explosion and then wandering around town hoping someone would know him. There is a photograph of him in a newspaper and a report of him walking through a brick wall. So, he must be an alien. The man goes walking at night in Hersey Meadows which are somehow familiar. Then he sees a spaceship and standing in front is his twin! Using telepathy the twin apologises. He is from Mars and his ship had crashed knocking the man out. While it was being repaired he borrowed the man's identity. So, the man belongs to planet Earth.
Reprints
Keywords
Hersey Meadows

The Phony Space Ships (Table of Contents: 14)

text story / 1 page (report information)

Script
?
Letters
typeset

Genre
non-fiction; maths & science
Synopsis
One page article explaining how photographs can be faked to produce images purporting to be alien spacecraft.
Reprints

The Artificial Twin! (Table of Contents: 15)

comic story / 6 pages (report information)

Script
Jack Kirby ?
Pencils
Jack Kirby
Inks
Jack Kirby
Letters
Pat Gordon ?

First Line of Dialogue or Text
The most incredible feat in world history had been performed--the duplication of a human being!
Genre
science fiction
Characters
Peggy Peters; John Peters (Peggy's father - deceased); Dirk; Horton Mayo; Jenkins (butler)
Synopsis
Peggy Masters' father's last wish was that scientist Horton Mayo be removed from his property. But Mayo has invented a duplicating ray and makes a copy of Peggy so he can stay and also be the beneficiary of the money. Dirk is engaged to Peggy and is puzzled when she changes her mind about marriage and the money and investigates. The real Peggy escapes and explains all to Dirk. There is a fight and the duplicator is destroyed. Mayo is stopped just in time from withdrawing all the money.
Reprints

Which has the ATLAS BUILT BODY? (Table of Contents: 16) (Expand) /

Charles Atlas / advertisement / 1 page (report information)

Fear No Man (Table of Contents: 17) (Expand) /

advertisement / 1 page (report information)