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Showcase Presents: Adam Strange VOL 01 [Paperback]

Gardner Fox


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Aug. 8 2007 Showcase Presents
This value-priced collection features over 500 pages ofclassic science fiction adventures.After being mysteriously teleported to a distant world by an alienscientist, Adam Strange went from being an Earth archaeologist to a cosmicadventurer. He soon became the hero of the planet Rann, shuttling betweenhis old and new worlds via the Zeta Beam. These tales capture the optimism of the 1960s Space Age as Adam Strangedefends his new homeworld from alien threats.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 552 pages
  • Publisher: DC Comics; 1 edition (Aug. 8 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1401213138
  • ISBN-13: 978-1401213138
  • Product Dimensions: 2.9 x 17.8 x 26 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #750,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great nostalgia item Aug. 18 2007
By topoman - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
If you were a kid in the late 50's and early 60's, this collection should have a fair degree of nostalgic appeal. Gardner Fox wrote a lot of DC series - e.g. Showcase Presents: The Great Disaster Featuring the Atomic Knights- Volume 1 (Showcase Presents). Much of what was done followed basic formulas - when you saw a new Adam Strange story, you knew pretty well what was going to happen - he would intercept a "zeta-beam" on Earth (often having to cleverly intercept it without other people seeing him do so) and be teleported to Rann (a planet of Alpha Centauri), where he would meet his beautiful girlfriend and partner in heroism, Alanna, a native of Rann. Those two and, occasionally, Alanna's father, Sardath (scientist), were the only constant characters. Rann or at least Ranagar, Alanna's native city-state, would be in danger. Adam would eventually come up with a solution and, then, while he was enjoying his visit with Alanna, the zeta-beam would wear off and he would return to Earth.
The unknown Earthman transported to another planet and becoming a great hero there, is of course, an old standard - see e.g. John Carter of Mars - volume 1 - The Princess of Mars & The Gods of Mars (John Carter of Mars), John Carter of Mars - volume 2 - Warlord of Mars & Thuvia, Maid of Mars (John Carter of Mars) and John Carter of Mars - volume 3 - Chessmen of Mars & Mastermind of Mars. Fox did make it fresh with Adam Strange, at least initially.
Unfortunately, the unvaring plot line eventually became boring. An opportunity that presented itself to change things a little and make Adam a permanent resident of Rann was negated quickly afterwards. I think there was a story in which Adam and Alanna finally married, but, if there was such a story, it was late in the series and isn't in this collection.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stories geares to a more adult audience June 2 2008
By AKE - Published on Amazon.com
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I've picked up about a half a dozen of these b&w Marvel and DC reprints and Adam Strange is the best one so far. Strange is a more down-to-earth (or down-to-Rann, I guess) character. He has no super power and doesn't make clever or lame quips as he k.o.'s the bad guys. He behaves much like you or I would react to a problem, which makes it easier to identify with the hero. Every story is a very good read.

Yes, these books are black and white, but the artwork is still there and very good. Also if you are like me and never seen the colored version, then won't be missing anything.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Ever March 20 2008
By William Sutton - Published on Amazon.com
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I have to echo everything said by the previous two reviewers about this series. If this is not my favorite of all time then Adam Strange and Flash are in a tie for first place. As long as Carmine Infantino's artwork was inside I could find nothing wrong in the world. The Fox/Infantino duo are responsible for most of my silver age favorites but for me the most important element was the artwork, especially when the inker was Joe Giella or Murphy Anderson. It is sad that this series essentially ended when Fox and Infantino were pulled to revamp Batman. If you know nothing about Adam Strange this would be an excellent way to acquaint yourself with the series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome collection but questionable layout. Aug. 1 2013
By R. Anand - Published on Amazon.com
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As a die-hard Carmine Infantino fan I really enjoyed this collection. And this is a HUGE collection you will really enjoy.

552 pages of black and white art really lets you see the purity of his vision and the technical skill that holds up even today. I would argue that the comics of today seem to overwhelm the reader with clutter. Just because you can doesn't mean you should. Yes the printing methods and computer coloring allows an unprecedented level of "stuff" but the stripped down clean-cut style of Infantino lets the impact of the frame really register.

But big complaint is the form factor of the book. To maintain the proper aspect ratio of the original comic there is an empty space at the bottom of each page. That's fine. The problem is that the WIDTH of the page is barely wide enough. That means that in order to see the inside edges (those next to the spine of the book) you have open the book almost to the point of breaking the spine. I refuse to do that. On some of the pages the inside edges can not be seen.

The page should be wide enough to allow your thumbs to hold the book open without getting in the way and enough breathing room to see the inside edges without damaging the book. It's as if nobody from DC actually looked at the books before green-lighting the run.

Here's a suggestion: Those of us that were there for the original run are now well into (ahem) middle age with middle aged eyes. Why not go for a slightly larger form factor (like 1.5x or 2.0x larger) so we can really see the detail?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars what a great character May 12 2013
By M. Gentilcore - Published on Amazon.com
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I knew of, but never read Adam Strange before buying showcase presents showcase. I am about two thirds of the way through the book and am enjoying every page. There is something so appealing about the ultimate long distance relationship. Adam and Alana are 25 trillion miles apart. It is always interesting how he puts himself in a dangerous or novel predicament to catch the Zeta beam to Alana`s planet. His adventures on the planet are unique and never resort to the common comic book corny copout. Two thumbs up.

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