Science Fiction Comic books
Hahahahahaha. Ha. Ha.
Okay, sorry. It’s just that I said “recently”, and if you know even a little bit about me you know that sci-fi fandom runs in my blood perhaps more dominantly than comic book nerdism. It’s such a major part of my life that I even have a Star Wars tattoo – yeah, I represent the Fett.
But while my obsession and love for the crazy futuristic is always there, my specialized fixations come and go. As of late it has been reignited with a little thing called Battlestar Galactica – somehow I missed the boat on that one and I’ve only just started watching it for the first time, and it has my heart beating fast for futuristic spaceships and self aware machines.
Naturally, I try to marry my fandoms as often as possible, combining one thing I love (in this case, genre) with something I think it would be well suited to (see: comics). Sci-fi comics are old news, a genre that has been pretty prominent in the expanse of titles since at least the 1930s. I’ve dedicated my life (well, okay, a few hours a week curled up in my favourite comfy chair) to finding the best scifi comics – the ones that make me just as excited as I was the first time I saw Star Wars or watched Spock logically deduce.
Sci-fi itself is a broad genre. It differs from fantasy in that while fictional, the scenarios presented in a sci-fi story are scientifically possible. For example: futuristic worlds, advanced spaceships, sophisticated robots sporting artificial intelligence, etc. For me, the appeal is in this – that perhaps in my lifetime NASA will make the “impossible” possible. We may inhabit other planets or invent something akin to a holodeck. Even while I was at CES (the Consumer Electronics Show) last week I was looking at 3D printers and paper thin televisions – and in my head I was envisioning space colonization and the pew pew pew of blaster rifles.
But for now I will stick to the more fantastical side of sci-fi, which brings me to the list below. After much digging through my shelves and chewing of my lower lip, I have decided on the five most essential Science Fiction titles in comics. Prepare yourself for a trek into the probable.
It seemed something of a sin not to include this classic on my list. Flash Gordon has been around since the early 30s, prevailing even through the angry uprising against comic books in the 1950s (thanks to Fredric Wertham’s Seduction of the Innocent, in which he stated that comic books cause juvenille delinquents). It’s stayed true for many years, and remains a pop culture icon even today – most people (in my age range, at least) immediately envision battling dinosaurs and crazy space travel when you say the words “Flash Gordon”.
Out There (An Illustrated Children's Book)
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