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Friday, July 15, 2011
COSMO THE MERRY MARTIAN
My second-favorite comic book of all time was a contemporary of the Mighty Mouse Fun Club, premiering a year later, in 1958, and also lasting only six issues. This six issue business was obviously a conspiracy to irk me. Anyway, it’s Bob White’s Cosmo the Merry Martian, an Archie Series publication, and since giving my original copies away I’ve managed also to find and buy all six issues, and still love to read them.
The main character is Cosmo, the first Martian to visit Earth. His sidekick is the obnoxious Orbi. Their scientific mentor is Professor Thimk, and Cosmo’s sweetheart is Astra. Each issue ends with a to-be-continued cliffhanger, including the sixth and last issue. Not fair! I’m still waiting to see what happens when Cosmo and his interplanetary friends pay another visit to Earth!
These Cosmo comics came out during the space race and well before man set foot on the Moon. It would be two years before the first man, Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin of Russia, would orbit the Earth. No doubt Cosmo the Merry Martian was a great inspiration to these heroes of space exploration. And when the seventh issue finally comes out, we will learn what happens when the entire interplanetary crew visits Earth.
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