Saturday, January 06, 2007

An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth
I'm just saying.



  1. Great catch. But I hope you realize that "The Trial of Adam Link" is adapted from the prose story in the July 1939 issue of Amazing Stories by Otto Binder, writing as Eando Binder, and "The Robinson Crusoe in Space" in Adventure Comics #276 was written by...yes, Otto Binder.

    (I'd assume Binder also wrote the comics adaptation of his pulp story, but I don't know that for sure.)

  2. Thanks for pointing that out. Sheer laziness on my part assuming everyone would know who wrote what. I'll credit you back.

    Yes, being a hard core pulp fan I'm aware of who wrote the original Link tales and the Superboy story.

    Binder was not at all shy using his pulp work later when he was in the comics biz and he did it many times. And Joe Orlando, who also worked with Binder, is credited for the EC comics adaptation of Adam Link.

    But Binder was not alone! In the 70's and 80's Michael Fleisher, who i really enjoyed on Jonah Hex, had a habit of recycling story plots from one company to the other, often they appeared within several weeks of the other story. Unless you were a quantity comics collector back then (like me) odds are the average customer never noticed the similarities.

    I like the 'net is what is allowing fans to get a better, wider idea of the evolution of comics through the years without having to rely on the odd and rarely published book about comic history.

  3. Another very similar pairing for you:
    Compare the illos and especially the word balloons on the covers of Detective Comics #182 and Fantastic Four #8.

  4. That's amazing!

    I've maintained that in the past the practice of swipes and recycling stories were so prolific because regular readers were sporadic and a gap of a year between books was enough to almost ensure that almost no one, other than some industry insiders (who also did the same thing)would notice. Besides, the job was to do a story, not necessarily be original.


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