Monster of the Day #874

Issue #4 experimented and used a cover sans monster. I can only imagine there was an immediate sales dip, because it would be a loooooooooooong time, if ever, before beastie-less cover art was used again.

#5 went back to basic, while also expanding the weirdness.

 

  • Flangepart

    ‘Man creature?’ Well, maybe a Biped humanoid, emphasis on the ‘noid’.

  • Gamera977

    I was thinking more like Kzinti.

    Although how can you not love Samson playing baseball with the ‘Viking’ ship’s catapult?

  • Ken_Begg

    It’s pretty great, but you can see that kid with his dime saving it for an issue of Turok or something.

  • Gamera977

    I can see your point Ken, probably would have sold better with a cyclops or other large critter hurling the boulders.

  • bgbear_rnh

    It’s pretty much my favorite animal. It’s like a lion and a purple monkey mixed… bred for its skills in fighting

  • bgbear_rnh

    Did Samson’s eye get better or is his patch just hard to see?

    Does Samson, Ginger, and The Purple People Eater all go to the same hair dresser?

  • Luke Blanchard

    In the first image Samson is standing on the head of the Statue of Liberty. I didn’t register this at first due to the text. There’s a long tradition of wrecked Statue of Liberty imagery in science fiction. The online Encyclopedia of Science Fiction has an article on it. The issue is from 1965, so it predates POTA (1968).
    I think that’s supposed to be the tower of the Empire State Building in the second image.

  • Flangepart

    Ya know, post apoc. don’t mean squat if there’s no first world structures to decimate.
    Trash the Statue of Liberty? Cool and interesting…trash the largest grass hut in a dung walled village?…not so much.

  • bgbear_rnh

    I watched a Chinese supernatural martial arts movie once where the foes were fighting it out over the statue of liberty. It was trashed and crumbled! The filmmakers did not seem to know that the statue is bronze.

    I assume that is why the statue is used as a marker in scifi films, because it is metal and not expected to wear away or crumble to dust as quickly as other things.

  • Rock Baker

    Indeed. I once watched a special on one of the ‘educational’ channels which explored, for absolutely no reason, what would happen to the world if man suddenly vanished. According to them, the Statue of Liberty would outlast every other sign of man’s existence.

  • Luke Blanchard

    That sounds very doubtful to me. The skin is copper but it also has an internal steel frame. The statue underwent extensive repair work in the later 20th century, when it had been in existence roughly 100 years, and there had been maintenance work on it before that. Conversely the Great Pyramid of Giza has been around for four and a half thousand.

  • bgbear_rnh

    Maybe they meant a plastic replica in the gift shop ;)

  • sandra

    Rock Baker : I saw that show too, and I recall the Statue of Liberty falling to pieces after x number of years. The one work of man’s civilization that would outlast any others was … the stainless steel sink ! I can just imagine alien archaeologists getting into a flamewar about whether they are proof of a lost sentient race or some sort of natural phenomena. Love the Lion-Lizard Man. He should have had his own comic.

  • Rock Baker

    Well, the steel rusts away, but the copper plates are what last so long. According to them, they would even withstand erosion beyond the Egyptian monuments (as their current condition is largely due to human involvement via restoration and the like). It was a goofy TV special to begin with, I’m not saying I give it validity. I was just amused by how it kept up the tradition of Lady Liberty outlasting the rest of us.

  • Sandy Petersen

    Man I loved the Gold Key comics as a kid. Samson, Magnus, and Turok were better than anything DC or Marvel put out.