Thursday, May 10, 2012

Space Conquerors, 1967

(Continued from 1966)

BOYS' LIFE  /  January 1967
Story by Al Stenzel  /  Art by ALDEN McWILLIAMS
BOYS' LIFE  /  February 1967
BOYS' LIFE  /  March 1967
BOYS' LIFE  /  April 1967
BOYS' LIFE  /  May 1967
BOYS' LIFE  /  June 1967
BOYS' LIFE  /  July 1967
BOYS' LIFE  /  August 1967
BOYS' LIFE  /  September 1967
BOYS' LIFE  /  October 1967
BOYS' LIFE  /  November 1967
Story by Al Stenzel  /  Art by GRAY MORROW
BOYS' LIFE  /  December 1967
Story by Al Stenzel  /  Art by ALDEN McWILLIAMS

(Continued in 1968)

I decided to save up the "extras" for the end here. These are from the Jan, Mar, May & Nov'67 issues.
(Continued in 1968)

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
See the Alden McWilliams page at David Saunders' Pulp Artists site
See Alden McWilliams' "2001" promotional booklet
     at the Dreams Of Space blog!


  1. That trapped in hyperspace arc is pretty psychedelic.

    Another interesting example of how Al Stenzel was all for changing his mind when he wanted the story to go a different direction: In June 1967 they think they've time-traveled back 2 million years. In July 1967 it changes to 50,000 years - and they seem to forget they already did this (1963), but this time around, they're not worried about any "Sound of Thunder" changing the timeline stuff (Shades of that SIMPSONS Halloween segment where Homer, back in dinosaur times, is determined to step on every bug that crosses his path!).

  2. I note something for the record:

    In August 1967 we have them encountering cavemen. In October 1967, Kurt rescues one of them. In November 1967, one of them joins the crew. By December 1967, Kurt has named him Primo.

    I have to wonder if any of this was influenced by a September 1966-April 1967 short-lived sitcom called IT'S ABOUT TIME about some astronauts who get caught in a timewarp, end up back in prehistoric times, and are hanging out with cavemen. By January 1967, due to low ratings, the premise was changed, and the astronauts repaired their spacecraft and returned to Earth with a family of cavemen. Produced by Sherwood Schwartz, concurrently with GILLIGAN'S ISLAND.

  3. I always wondered if IT'S ABOUT TIME had any influence on PLANET OF THE APES. Prior to It's About Time, I never heard of any time-warps in near-Earth orbit space. Spacetime warps always seemed to be a relativistic effect of hyperlightspeed travel, or due to some weird gravitational phenomenon of a massive extrasolar body. ESCAPE FROM THE PLANET OF THE APES reversed the spacetime-warp effect the same way It's About Time did in its 2nd half-season.