Friday, October 19, 2012

Sci-Friday/Addicted to Alex Nino: "The Time Machine" by Wells, Binder, and Nino

Part of Marvel Comics' ever-growing expansion of the Groovy Age was Marvel Classics Comics which ran for two years (1976-78) and 36 issues. The majority of the stories published in that series were new, but several, like today's The Time Machine,  presented in Marvel Classics Comics #2 (1976), was reprinted from Pendulum Press' Now Age Books imprint (circa 1973), which was a series of "miniature graphic novels"; upscale black and white comicbooks with color cardstock covers. (I've seen a few of them still floating around in various schools in my area as part of a remedial reading program for high schoolers.)

Today's is a particular fave. H.G. Wells deserves to be called a master, as he created and/or innovated so many sci fi concepts we take for granted these days. The adaptation was written by the great Otto Binder, one of comics' greatest writers, best known for his work on the Golden Age Captain Marvel and Superman, as well as for creating such concepts as DC's "Imaginary Stories", Brainiac, the Phantom Zone, Krypto, and so much more. But best of all is the incredible art of our main man, Alex Nino. Who but Alex Nino could make a so-called "educational comic" look so trippy and cool? Wordy as Binder's adaptation was (and had to be), Nino provided some breathtaking flourishes that special-effects artists of the day would have loved to have been able to replicate. Enough talk! Enjoy!!


  1. I've always loved Alex Nino's work, and that book really is a thing of beauty.

  2. What disturbs me more is the fact that Marvel blatantly slapped on the "Stan Lee Presents" blurb on the front page. It wasn't a Marvel original, and the least they could've done is acknowledge it was a 3rd party acquisition.

  3. Whoa, I never thought I'd get to see this again! I had a copy in the mid-70s, I got it at my school's annual book fair when I was in the 2nd grade. Would've been 1976. Not sure why I remember that specifically, but I do. In my memories, only the cover was in color and the pages were all just black ink on white paper. But these are definitely the same illustations. Was never aware of the name Alex Nino before, but I love his stuff.

  4. Do you have other comics in this Classic Illustrated Comics? Please upload them too...

  5. I have the Pendulum Press version which was in black and white along with Moby Dick and War of the Worlds which were also both illustrated by Alex Nino. No 'Stan Lee' stamped on mine :) The Three Musketeers was by AN too but I can't find my copy :(

    If anyone wants me to scan them I can.



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