Thursday, September 22, 2011

The Boys from Derby: "An Explosive Tale about Time!" by O'Neil, Aparo, Ditko, and Boyette

Hey, hey, hey, Groove-ophiles! Here's a rare treat--a book-length sci-fi shocker teaming a young Denny O'Neil (using his nom de plume "Sergius O'Shaugnessey") with Charlton's top trio of artists...Jim Aparo, Steve Ditko, and Pat Boyette. Space Adventures (volume 2) was Charlton's sci-fi anthology, natch, so fans were used to a mix of stories and art-styles in each issue. Issue #2's (April 1968) feature-length tale looked like three different stories due to the work of the above-mentioned trio of artists, but each "story" was actually a chapter in O'Neil's sci-fi spectacular. Nowadays such things are old hat, but in 1968 (especially in a Charlton mag) this little experiment was quite daring. Editor Sal Gentile knew he wasn't taking any real risks, though--after all, in the hands of O'Neil, Aparo, Ditko, and Boyette how could Space Adventures #2 miss?


  1. Just wanted to let you know the lightbox silliness does not effect my enjoyment of your blog one bit because I'd been right clicking and opening a new tab all along, that just seemed to be the best way to do it.

  2. Excellent stuff GA! I can never get enough early Aparo.

  3. Man. My favorite posts are always the sci-fi and S&S ones… and this one just blew me away. Great stuff!

  4. Man. The sci-fi and S&S posts are always my faves. And this one just blew me away. So awesome seeing such a collection of great talent all working on such an awesome little story.



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