Tales of the Unexpected (comics)

Tales of the Unexpected  was a science fiction , fantasy , and horror comics published by DC Comics from 1956 to 1968 for 104 issues. It was later renamed  The Unexpected ALTHOUGH the numbering continued and it ended at issue # 222 in 1982. The title Was revived as a limited series in 2006.

Publication history

Original series

Intersection to the restrictions imposed by the Comics Code Authority, DC began a new science-fiction series in 1956.  [1]  The series featured artwork by Murphy Anderson , Gil Kane , and many others, with stories by John Broome , Gardner Fox , and others. It was an anthology comic for many years, a variety of science fiction stories. The series featured Space Ranger as issue # 40  [2]  [3]  and running through # 82 (April-May 1964).  [4]  Other features included the “Green Glob” (issues # 85-98, 100, 102, 103) and “Automan” (issues # 91, 94, 97).  [4]  The series’ last issue as Tales of the Unexpected  Was # 104 (December 1967-January 1968).  [4]  As of issue # 105 (February-March 1968), the title was shortened to  The Unexpected  .  [5]

2006 limited series

DC revived the title for an eight-issue miniseries in 2006, focusing on the Crispus Allen incarnation of the Specter , with a back-up series featuring Doctor Thirteen .

The backup feature starred a team made up of Thirteen and his daughter Traci , I … Vampire , Genius Jones , Captain Fear, Infectious Lass , Anthro , the Primate Patrol , and the Haunted Tank . It was written by Brian Azzarello and drawn by Cliff Chiang .  [6]

Collected editions

  • Showcase Presents : Tales of the Unexpected  Collects Tales of the Unexpected # 1-20, 512 pages, August 2012,ISBN 1401235204
  • The Jack Kirby Omnibus  Volume 1 includes stories from  Tales of the Unexpected  # 13, 15-18, and 21-24, 304 pages, August 2011, ISBN  1401231071
  • Crisis Aftermath: The Specter  includes the Specter lead stories from  Tales of the Unexpected  vol. 2 # 1-3, 144 pages, May 2007, ISBN  1401213804
  • Spectrum: Tales of the Unexpected  Collects the Specter Leads  Tales of the Unexpected  Vol. 2 # 4-8, 128 pages, December 2007, ISBN  1401215068
  • Doctor 13: Architecture and Mortality  collects the Doctor 13 backup stories from  Tales of the Unexpected  flight. 2 # 1-8, 144 pages, September 2007, ISBN  1401215521

References

  1. Jump up^  Irvine, Alex ; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). “1950s”.  DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle  . London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley . p. 80. ISBN  978-0-7566-6742-9 .  As part of a new breed of sci-fi from the Comics Code Authority,  Tales of the Unexpected  Initiated 104-issue run by ‘The Cartoon that Came to Life’ by writer Otto Binder and artist Bill Ely.
  2. Jump up^  Irvine, Alex “1950s” in Dolan, p. 80: “With issue # 40 (August 1959), the series became home to Rick Starr, Space Ranger who protected the solar system of the 22nd century.”
  3. Jump up^   Markstein, Don (2008). “Space Ranger” . Don Markstein’s Toonopedia. Archived from the original on October 18, 2012 . Retrieved October 18,2012 .
  4. ^ Jump up to: c   Tales of the Unexpected  at the Grand Comics Database
  5. Jump up^  The Unexpected  at theGrand Comics Database
  6. Jump up^  Tales of the Unexpected  flight. 2at theGrand Comics Database

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