Monster of the Day #873 Updated on March 26, 2014 By Ken Begg 13 Comments It’s pretty convenient when your monsters come equipped with handle bars. Tweet Pin It Related PostsMonster of the Day #1551 (Apr 19, 2017) Monster of the Day #1550 (Apr 18, 2017) Monster of the Day #1549 (Apr 17, 2017) Monster of the Day #1548 (Apr 14, 2017) Monster of the Day #1547 (Apr 13, 2017) By Ken Begg http://jabootu.net Flangepart He’s being Horn-swoggled! Gamera977 Awesome! I’ve always thought there should be more rhinoceros/stegosaurus/Texas Longhorn monsters in comics!! Not sure what you can call it, I’m going with Texas Stegoceros… Reed I wonder if Samson shops at the same place as Turkan? Those are some of the most poorly designed horns ever. Sticking out laterally from the creature’s nose? Convenient for controlling a rampagin beast, but no other function. Luckily back in the day when radiation mutants could be anything you wanted such concerns were totally academic. The hyena bat harpies (hyhabats?) were much more impressive. Ericb I guess useless friends is just part of the job. And the guy in the grey jacket looks pretty buff so he has no excuse. Ken_Begg Ha, i was thinking the same thing. bgbear_rnh Can he save the city or is it “inescapable doom”? Make up your mind. I suppose Samson is a demi-god although known to us through The Bible where such things are not supposed to exists. Can you have demi-deus ex machina plot device? Again I wonder how much time has passed since “useless friends” are dressed in street clothes. Flangepart Also, what about ‘dump truck driver man.’ Is he armed with more that an illogiclly drivable machine who knows how long after the apoc.? Luke Blanchard He isn’t the Biblical Samson, but a man of that future with incredible strength. His initial writer was Otto Binder, who also wrote SF under the name Eando Binder (at first with his brother Earl; hence the pseudonym). The title of Isaac Asimov’s collection I, ROBOT was filched (reportedly, against Asimov’s will) from the first of a series of stories Binder wrote about a robot called Adam Link. The robot narrated the story himself; hence the title. The opening stories of the series were adapted into an episode of the original THE OUTER LIMITS and this story was redone when the series was revived in the 90s. A number of the Adam Link stories were republished in the 60s in the paperback ADAM LINK – ROBOT. In this form they were edited into a fix-up novel, which I think obscures what I like most about the early stories in the series, which is their downbeat twist endings. Binder’s other comics work includes many Captain Marvel/Marvel Family stories and stories in the Superman titles in the 50s/60s (including the Superboy story that introduced the Legion of Super-Heroes). Gamera977 Not useless friends… But Samson groupies… though I suppose they’re about the same thing. bgbear_rnh You misunderstand, I am the son of Sam, Sam Morten the butcher over on 4th Street. Easy to confuse from the covers since Samson is wearing pelts and the others street clothes. Samson is probably hard to fit off the rack. Rock Baker So Tundro has relatives? Rodford Smith The guy in the grey coat is the gal’s “scientist” father. Not a wimp (he could actually hold his own in a fight) but definitely not in Samson’s class. Rodford Smith In later issues – which came out long after the X-Men – Samson was specifically referred to as a mutant. In one comic he gained strength from radiation which could kill others.