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Showcase Presents: Adam Strange VOL 01 Paperback – Aug 8 2007

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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: 16.8 x 3 x 25.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 590 g
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,123,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xb3d3b774) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3afb99c) 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.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xb3afbe34) 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
HASH(0xb3afbc3c) 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
HASH(0xb3afbe70) 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
HASH(0xb3a0127c) out of 5 stars Adam Strange Flies Again! Nov. 3 2012
By William R. Hancock - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a good, solid compendium of Silver Age Adam Strange stories from Showcase (comics) and Mystery In Space magazines that chronicle the adventures of late-middle 20th century archaeologist Adam Strange who was accidentally (in these stories) hit by a beam from outer space---termed a "zeta beam"----while investigating South American high-plateau jungle ruins (and fleeing from some unfriendly, spear-throwing natives). This "zeta beam", an energy blast sent as a contact mechanism by a scientist named Sardath from a city called Ranagar, on a planet called Rann, located in the star system Alpha Centauri, 25 trillion miles from earth, somehow became altered in its flight through space and changed into a teleportation beam. When it hits Adam Strange it instantly teleports him across the univerrse to Rann and begins an ongoing series of adventures there. On Rann, Strange meets up with Sardath's foxy daughter, Alanna, and the two instantly "click" and become an interspacial couple. Thus, Adam Strange becomes an updated version of Edgar Rice Burroughs' pulp hero, John Carter of Mars, and Allana becomes the equivalent of Carter's heart-throb, the Princess of Mars, Dejah Thoris. In this series the zeta beam effects wear off after a time and Adam Strange is teleported back to earth when this happens. He has knowledge---from then on, though---of the times and locations of other zeta beam strikes to come on Earth and, by keeping GPS "appointments" with these beam strikes, he begins regular visits to Rann across the vastness of space. There he becomes an alien-fighting, menace-mangling hero who uses science to defeat all threats that pop up. He is Mr. Wizard, Bill Nye the Science Guy, MacGiver, and Buck Rogers (jet pack included) all rolled into one.

The series is entertaining, well written and well illustrated. Written by DC mainstay Gardner Fox, the Strange stories begin their run illustrated by Mike Sekowsky and Bernard Sachs (inks) and then switch over to Carmine Infantino (pencils), with various inkers (the best of which is Murphy Anderson). Infantino went on to become the principle DC artist for both Adam Strange and the silver age Flash. The stories and art are, overall, very, very good. This edition is a good collection and shows the series in its "heyday".

Great Nostalgia for comics old-timers and a good read for new fans. Recommended.