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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 115

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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 115

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we continue a multi-part look at the various notable recurring features in Strange Adventures over the years – today we spotlight Captain Comet – the first superhero identified as a mutant!


Captain Comet was introduced in Strange Adventures #9. He was a knock-off of the pulp fiction hero, Captain Future.

Created by Julie Schwartz, John Broome and Carmine Infantino, Comet was a seemingly ordinary human but there was something x-traordinary about him…

We see him finally spring into action (decades later, Roy Thomas would explain that the Professor supplied the costume and the gun)…

The next issue, we see Captain Comet in action (including his spaceship)…

Here is how he stops the bad guys…

That was the basic formula for all future Captain Comet stories, as the character starred in Strange Adventures from #9 until #44, all stories written by John Broome.

The art after this first story were almost always produced by the great Murphy Anderson.

Here’s an Anderson issue…

That’s what you could expect from Broome and Anderson every month, without fail. Strong, compelling and well-executed science fiction adventures with great Murphy Anderson artwork (Infantino would fill in once or twice, but mostly it was all Anderson – he even inked himself on a large quantity of the stories).

As a fun bonus, here are samples from the last two appearances by Comet in Strange Adventures, #46 and #49, the only issues drawn by someone other than Anderson and Infantino.

First, Gil Kane…

Lastly, Sy Barry (who inked Anderson a lot on the title)…

Captain Comet was gone from comics until 1976 (over two decades) when Gerry Conway brought him back, and he’s been hanging around the edges of DC continuity ever since (Jim Starlin recently made him a major character in his cosmic stories).

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