Star Spangled War Stories vs. The Lost World Dinosaurs Up For Auction
Men battling giant monsters is a story concept that has stood the test of time. It is man against nature that is unleashed. It’s also a symbol for all sorts of things…which I don’t want to discuss right now. Because it’s also a great way to create a war comic without tying it to a particular conflict, and that’s probably what the publisher Robert Kanigher had in mind. The title had been largely focused on World War II stories for nearly eight years by the time The war forgotten by time made its debut in Star Wars Stories #90 in 1960, and the ongoing battles between dinosaurs and soldiers soon became the title’s regular cover story. There’s a copy of one of the most unique early Silver Age feature films in Star Wars Stories #90 (DC, 1960) CGC VG 4.0 Cream Off-White Pages up for auction at Heritage Auctions Sunday & Monday Selective Comics Auction 9-10 October 2022 #122241.
Starry Comics had been launched about three months before the United States entered World War II, with content often related to the war in one way or another. After the war, the title came to include stories of Robin (and for a time, Batman and Robin) for over three years with stories from the American Revolution featuring the character Tomahawk becoming the cover of the title at the end of Robin’s stories. With the Korean War underway in 1952, the title was restarted as Star Wars Stories but did not present stories about the war of his time. Instead, the title typically featured World War II stories with an emphasis on unique characters, such as French Resistance fighter Mlle. Marie, as well as historical accounts of other wars.
The war forgotten by time seems to be inspired by Edgar Rice Burroughs‘ The land that time forgotwhich was originally serialized in the pulp Magazine Blue Book in 1918. This story is set during World War I, with a German U-boat that strays off course in the South Pacific and finds a remote island near Antarctica populated by dinosaurs and other life primitives. The land that time forgot was reprinted in amazing stories in 1927, and of course, was more generally preceded by the likes of Arthur Conan Doyleit is The lost World (1912) and Jules Verneit is mysterious island (1874). Notably, the 1951 ACG comic Operation: Peril #6 has a cover that is very similar to the typical The war that time renouncesDon’t cover.
The feature film lasted in Star Wars Stories until 1968, when it was replaced by the World War I tales of Enemy Ace. A fascinating piece of DC Comics Silver Age history, and there’s a copy of one of the most unique Silver Age feature debuts in Star Wars Stories #90 (DC, 1960) CGC VG 4.0 Cream Off-White Pages up for auction at Heritage Auctions Sunday & Monday Selective Comics Auction 9-10 October 2022 #122241. If you have never bid on Heritage Auctions before, you can get more information, you can check out their FAQ on the bidding process and related questions.
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