Monster of the Day #921

Sadly, we have run out of monster-themed, gorgeously painted covers from the short-lived Voyage to the Deep comic. (Compare this cover to MotD #918.)

Hmm, Commander Battle and the Atomic Sub. The guy’s name seems a little on the nose, but there you go. Still, monsters and commies.

  • Eric Hinkle

    This reminds me how a few months ago I visited a friend in CA and we went down to San Diego and the naval museum there. He convinced me to take a look at some Soviet sub they’ve got there. I am not small and that cramped sub — never again!

    And cool cover, though lacking the grandeur of the VTtD ones.

  • Gamera977

    So is the fish working for the Soviets? If so they should have painted it red or gave it a fur hat or some such thing.

    Hmmm, seems like there should be more ‘monsters created by the Kremlin as a secret bio-weapons project’ fiction. Or does only the Pentagon have a monster bio-weapons budget?

  • Gamera977

    I went on the USS Clamagore at Patriot’s Point, SC a few years ago and at 5’9″ and 150 lbs I found her just a little cramped.

  • No no no no. That’s a patriotic American giant monster fish. You can tell because the divers he’s going near? Red helmets. Clearly Commies.

    (I went back through the other covers posted here to make sure that joke worked. Not my fault if Commander Battle was unAmerican enough to give his men red helmets.)

    (Speaking of which: shouldn’t Commander Battle be a member of G.I. Joe?)

  • Gamera977

    Good observation- they are red… with what is that- magenta diving suits and orange flippers…

  • bgbear_rnh

    “The Unmerciful Comrade Limpet”

  • Flangepart

    Ya know, divers are such slow moving food for your average undersea predator. If Cmdr. Battle had no hero’s death exemption…he’d be fish poop.
    Command grade fish poop, but, ya know…

  • Ken_Begg

    Back when I was a far less girth-y lad I toured the U505 at the Museum of Science and Industry here in Chicago. I tried to imagine it after months at sea, much of it deep underwater, with 60 men aboard. Cripes.

  • Ken_Begg

    “I wish I was a fish…instead of a capitalist running dog!”

  • Ken_Begg

    “..maybe an ‘I Like Pike’ campaign button?”

    Ugh, that’s horrible.

    I wish I’d said it.

  • Rock Baker

    Maybe the next MOTD should be the ‘terror-fish’ subs from Stingray. Best of both worlds.

  • Eric Hinkle

    I was informed on the tour that in the Soviet navy, the submarines were considered the very elite. All I an say is that you NEEDED major-league guts to be willing to ship on that thing. I have to wonder how many of their subs went down, but only once!

  • Flangepart

    The boats from LATITUDE ZERO, MIGHT JACK, ATRAGON,…there’s a lot of submersables to go around!

  • Luke Blanchard

    “Stingray” comics appeared in the 60s in a British comic called TV CENTURY 21, which mostly featured comics based on Gerry Anderson series. (It also ran a “Daleks” series.) For information and images, Google “Gerry Anderson Complete Comic History”.
    Some of the “Stingray” and “Thunderbirds” stories from the comic were collected in albums by Ravette Books twenty years ago. I have one of the “Stingray” ones. The painted art, by Ron Embleton, is very good. The writing isn’t childish or bad, but also not gripping for an adult.
    The comic’s covers mostly featured mock newspaper pages with still photographs from Anderson’s series. A couple had original photographic images of the Thunderbird craft encountering monsters.