Saturday, May 5, 2012

Space Conquerors, 1962

(Continued from 1961)

Story by AL STENZEL  /  Art by LOU FINE
BOYS' LIFE  /  January 1962
BOYS' LIFE  /  April 1962
BOYS' LIFE  /  May 1962
BOYS' LIFE  /  July 1962
BOYS' LIFE  /  August 1962
As should be obvious, SPACE CONQUERORS! had stagnated quite a bit around this point, and in my opinion, had not been quite as exciting since George Evans' departure. All that was about to change between months. But first, a trio of bonuses, all from the August 1962 issue.
Art by Lou Fine, Neal Adams & Dik Browne, respectively.
Ironically, after several instances of months without the strip, the new era begins without a break-- right here! Fans of FORBIDDEN PLANET take note... the "Galaxy One" era of SPACE CONQUERORS! has arrived...

BOYS' LIFE  /  September 1962
BOYS' LIFE  /  November 1962
BOYS' LIFE  /  December 1962

(Continued in 1963)

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 Lou Fine page at Wikipedia


  1. Something I find interesting in all the iterations of SPACE CONQUERORS! is that Al Stenzel sometimes went years before giving the names of the characters. That is, if I had the assignment of writing such a strip, it'd be hard not to start with "Our rocket is on launchpad, with the skipper, Doc, Sparks the engineer, and Bill.." or whatever. Not so with these. So for years it's just 3 or 4 guys without names, having adventures in space, until somebody slips and actually refers to somebody by name or nickname.

  2. How interesting in the last panel that they had to wait until night to shoot the big dipper. In space, it's always night.