Thursday, April 01, 2010

The Columbus of Space-1946

Often cited erroneously as the first appearance of the DC character, Tommy Tomorrow, this story, THE COLUMBUS OF SPACE is not that at all. Yes, there's a character in it with that name but he's a far cry from the later TOMMY TOMORROW of the Planeteers. This is, in fact, a speculative tale of the far future of 1960 as seen from 1946. This Tommy is actually a generic "man of the future" who is the first to explore space. THE COLUMBUS OF SPACE first appeared in National's REAL FACT COMICS and the REAL attraction--beyond the now obviously inaccurate predictions therein--is the art credited by GCD to DC regular Howard Sherman as inked by the now legendary pulp artist, Virgil Finlay!

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