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A Year of Cool Comics – Day 123

Here is the latest in our year-long look at one cool comic (whether it be a self-contained work, an ongoing comic or a run on a long-running title that featured multiple creative teams on it over the years) a day (in no particular order whatsoever)! Here‘s the archive of the moments posted so far!

Today we conclude our multi-part look at the various notable recurring features in Strange Adventures over the years – today’s spotlight is on John Broome and Murphy Anderson’s Atomic Knights!


We finish with one of my very favorite recurring features in Strange Adventures – the Atomic Knights!

John Broome and Murphy Anderson really outdid themselves with this brilliant little series set in a post-nuclear war Earth where, in a world where mutated creatures run amok and civilization is non-existent, a group of heroes find a certain code of chivalry and explore this brave new world while helping others!

Here’s their origin from their first appearance in Strange Adventures #117…

After meeting a new friend, Gardner discovers something important…

After the Atomic Knights’ inaugural battle, they make an interesting discovery…

And there you have it – a brilliant setup that is easily revisited over the years for many different plots.

Here is a glimpse of a few of them…

and, of course, the giant Dalmatians that they rode as steeds…

The Knights popped up again in the late 1970s, but since then, every time they pop up it tends to be in some sort of cynical story – no more innocent acts of heroism.

It’s too bad, as these original stories were top rate.


Omar Karindu, with the power of SUPER-hypocrisy!

May 4, 2010 at 6:50 am

First, I think “Attack of the Giant Dog” should be DC’s next big crossover event.

Second, as to the cynicism: OMAC also turned into a cynical piece a few times over after Kirby left; really, most of DC’s post-apocalyptic characters who aren’t Kamandi tended to get cynical, “relevant” takes in the 1980s and 1990s, as if writers were afraid we’d think nuclear war was fun and games. I suppose the bizarre attempt to claim that Atomic Knights, OMAC, Hercules Unbound, and (I think) Kamandi were all part of the same timeline didn’t help matters one bit.

Alright, you’ve convinced me; Strange Adventures is one of DC’s best-ever series.

It would be awesome if DC did a chronological reprinting of Strange Adventures. A showcase volume would be fine, but it would be better if it was more like the Batman Chronicles. Get on it, DC!

This was definitely one of the odder strips to come out of the SA. A few random comments:

Riding Giant Dalmations: You know, it wouldn’t have been nearly so cool if they had used giant Poodles.

Average Man: Wonder if the creators of IDIOCRACY read this.

John Broome: One of the forgotten giants of Comics.

It would be awesome if DC did a chronological reprinting of Strange Adventures. A showcase volume would be fine, but it would be better if it was more like the Batman Chronicles. Get on it, DC!

Honestly, most of the standard cover stories are pretty bland. They’re competently told tales, but nothing really memorable.

It’s the recurring features that really stand out, so I think a chronological reprinting of the recurring features would be good – like a Star Hawkins volume and an Atomic Knights volume, etc.

There was supposed to be an Atomic Knights volume. It never came out– but now there’s a deluxe Atomic Knights hardcover on the way!

While that’s awesome news, that’s an odd cover choice.

I’d have gone with the ones with them riding the giant dogs.

Captain Flash

May 4, 2010 at 1:45 pm

I think there’s probably still a shot at seeing an Atomic Knights Showcase, considering the oft-delayed Suicide Squad Showcase comes out this summer. Hoping this means that the rest of that group that got cancelled (I think the Creeper was one of those as well) gets reprinted.

“Average Man: Wonder if the creators of IDIOCRACY read this.”

Can’t say if that’s the case. But I don’t recall Kornbluth’s “The Marching Morons” having any mention of the intelligence of the guy who ends up in the future.

There now is a HB that features all of the AN adventures in order.There is also one that has all of the the Viking Prince stories from B&B.One with Captain Comet,SA gorilla stories would also be nice.

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