Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Dr. Will Magnus On Space Travel


Been reading some early METAL MEN recently (always a favorite!) and was surprised to see that that clanky band's creator, "Doc" Magnus, had actually perfected a little-heralded and little-known form of space travel! Here we see how easy his (patent pending) method gets him to the moon more than half a decade before the Apollo astronauts! Interesting to note that Julie Schwartz was encouraging Gardner Fox and John Broome to use real science in their comics but METAL MEN writer Bob Kanigher seemed to have no problem whatsoever in just making it up as he went along. By the way, to the best of my knowledge, the "thought force X" power was never mentioned again...probably because they never needed a convenient plot device to get them to the frickin' moon!

1 comment:

sam kujava said...

There is psuedo-science, which is at least plausible sounding,
and then there is Kanigher's wacky
what th'? science, which you should just read and not pause to
consider!