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The latest vintage comic-book character reprinted in the lavish, hardcover DC Archives series was born when the 1950s "sci-fi" craze was grafted onto the superhero genre. Adam Strange, a scientist from Earth, was transported by a "Zeta Beam" to the distant planet Rann. Acquiring a colorful spacesuit and a jetpack, he became his adopted world's champion, saving it from space invaders, when he wasn't romancing his beautiful Rannian sweetheart, Alanna. His comic-book hit its stride with the fourth issue, when Carmine Infantino came aboard as illustrator; his sleek, modern designs and streamlined figures were perfect for the futuristic milieu. Adam's approach to conflict generally saw him overcome foes scientifically rather than physically, like his super-powered peers. His adventures were aimed at a somewhat older comics readership, presumably the adolescents who keep the sf magazines in business, and they hold up well today, despite their naivete. Adam never achieved major success but is fondly remembered by many longtime comics fans, who will welcome this handsome volume. Gordon Flagg
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