Sunday, January 20, 2013

UFO Mysteries

As long as we're rocketing towards outer space, how about some highlights from Golden Press's UFO Mysteries --a neat, square bound, 96 page comic book that collected a sort of "best of" from various issues of Gold Key's UFO Flying Saucers series (spanning 13 issues from 1968 to 1977.) Featuring fun "true" stories, and as the exciting colorful cover states "sightings, evidence, and contact!" Aimed at kids obviously, and totally innocent, this stuff is wonderfully illustrated and full of moody moments and endless imagination and speculation. (See also UFO Encounters.)
















11 comments:

Craftypants Carol said...

scary!

i've never even heard of that south american jungle or center of the earth stuff before! hilarious.

and i like that the venus dude is all mellow and cool with long hair.

Karswell said...

Drat! Not so scary is The Monster on the Beach one page story. I did a little snoopin on the internet and it turns out the "Tasmanian Globster" was debunked in '81, unfortunately:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tasmanian_Globster

Craftypants Carol said...

i hope another glob-type moster turns up somewhere so that name can be recycled! that's a great name!

Mr. Cavin said...

Well I had never heard of the Sutton (Flatwoods, WV) Monster before. I really like the way they drew him at the bottom of page ten. Head like a shiny gold jukebox, or maybe a fancy cappuccino machine. Seems pretty menacing to me.

Karswell said...

I would like to know if there's anything featured in the book that anyone has heard of...

Mr. Cavin said...

I'm definitely acquainted with the "hollow Earth" theory, which even has its own Wikipedia entry. I was surprised that the other stuff I looked up was pretty easy to find online. Whatever the veracity of the stuff here, the creators of this comic didn't seem to make any of it up themselves.

Karswell said...

I guess I meant the monster and alien sightings... I'm totally ready for Jeanne Bendick to do a book about Hollow Earth Theory though!

Anonymous said...

I thought the Flatwoods case was fairly well known - oh well, it was in more than one UFO book I read way back when - though I don't think the artist who did the "Monster On The Beach" story (Luis Dominguez?) bothered to do much research....palm trees in Tasmania??


cheers
B Smith

Mykal said...

Karwell: I agree with Anonymous - Monster on the Beach really looks like the work of Luis Dominquez - one of the great Gold Key artists.

Karswell: I love the artwork in this one, particualrily the page layout on

Also, the Hollow Earth Theory was the theme of a great sci-fi movie from the atomic age: The Mole People. If interested, I did a post about on my blog, Radiation Cinema: Just click HERE!

Mykal said...

Karswell: Oops - just to complete that fragmented sentence - I love the layouts on the two-page, "Where Do flying Saucers Come From?"

Karswell said...

Haha, yeah me too... I'm surprised I never picked up any of these UFO Comics as a kid, I was always a nut for sci fi stuff too.