Monday, April 30, 2012

Space Conquerors, 1958

(Continued from 1957)

BOYS' LIFE  /  January 1958
BOYS' LIFE  /  February 1958
BOYS' LIFE  /  March 1958

SPACE CONQUERORS did not appear in the April-June issues. However, the following 2 pages were space-related, so I decided to grab them. Can anyone identify the artist? Could this be George Evans, or someone else?

BOYS' LIFE  /  May 1958
BOYS' LIFE  /  June 1958
BOYS' LIFE  /  February 1961
Story by AL STENZEL  /  Art by LOU FINE

No, the date isn't a typo.  Although not published until the Febuary 1961 issue, this one, which clearly takes place BEFORE the Mars mission (which is about to start), was probably done about this time, perhaps as a try-out for Lou Fine to replace George Evans.  I'm posting it HERE because it just makes more sense here than later.
BOYS' LIFE  /  July 1958
Story by AL STENZEL  /  Art by LOU FINE
BOYS' LIFE  /  August 1958
BOYS' LIFE  /  September 1958
BOYS' LIFE  /  October 1958
BOYS' LIFE  /  November 1958
BOYS' LIFE  /  December 1958

(Continued in 1959)

Copyright (C) BOYS' LIFE Magazine
Restorations by Henry Kujawa

For more fun & info:
Sleestak's blog post about SPACE CONQUERORS!
Smurfswacker's blog post about SPACE CONQUERORS!
Planettom's blog post about SPACE CONQUERORS!
Read the Bob LeRose page at Wikipedia 
Read about the history of Johnstone & Cushing at the Hogan's Alley site
Read the George Evans page at Wikipedia
Read the Lou Fine page at Wikipedia


  1. January 1958: As my friend jathomas has pointed out, what's funny about this phase is the way they seem to have been sent to the Moon with no planning at all. As he put it, "My favorite so far is that one of the guys grows some plants in his garden. It looks like one single raised bed, but even assuming he has more, it’s clear it’s not a giant hydroponics facility. He’s just commandeered a closet to grow about a dozen plants in. Then the other crew members eat some vegetables, and declare 'It’s time to send for more colonists!'"

    Or, at various times, the one guy seems to head out of the ship in a spacesuit on his own, while the other guys sit around, and he makes discoveries vital to their survival, but it's as if Earth Command had no guidelines once they got to the moon.

    I just picture Skipper and Bill playing a lot of cards during the two-week lunar nights.

    Periodically, they see the other guy suit up in a spacesuit and head out the airlock.

    "What's that other guy up to?" Skipper asks Bill.

    "Dunno. You know, that other guy, always coming up with a way to get oxygen, water, power, rocket fuel, food. Always saving our lives and stuff. He's really earning his paycheck!"