Astonishing 27

Title Published
April 1951 to August 1957
Issue Numbers
3 to 63
Number of Issues
61
Continued From
Marvel Boy
Astonishing 27 Cover Image
Issue Information
Cover Date
October 1953
 
 
Cover Titles
The Corpse Vanishes!
The Macabre Museum!
The Great Migration!
The Deaf Ear!
 
 
Cover Credits
Joe Maneely pencils signed
Stories
  Job
Number
Title Pages Credits
C-907 The Great Migration

Notes: Attached to the first panel with a drawn paper clip is the note, "Due to our reader's (sic) request, we are happy to bring you the sequel to 'The Perfect Planet,' (Mystic 23 Sept 1953) published in last month's issue of Astonishing Magazine!"

The first page of this story tells of the original search for a habitable planet. The second page recaps the story from Mystic 23.
On page 3 there's a "Lord of the Flies" type scene where the men start to revolt against the spaceship captain, who still thinks he should be in charge. Then, just as things are starting to get ugly, a noise miraculously comes over the radio!

On page 4, we learn that the Earth people have "discovered an X-beam, that can cover and receive from any point in the galaxy." The earth group note that most people died but fortunately "a sudden mutation" allowed a small percentage to live. The lonely men encourage them to come to the planet they discovered.

Page 5, the 4 astronauts are still rebellious and power-hungry. The captain suggests they divide the new planet into four areas and each of them rule as dictators--"The ones that are coming will be our slaves!" As the new spaceships land, the astronauts stand ready with their blaster guns to control the masses that will descend. Then the doors open and out come mutated lizard-humans: "their newly acquired scales glistening in the soft light...the females carring baskets of eggs in which to incubate the young of the next generation..." - Chris Brown.
5 pg art Ross Andru pencils signed

Contributors:
Chris Brown: Creator Credit
  D-192 Werewolf of Montmartre! 2 pg text
  B-748 The Deaf Ear 4 pg art George Roussos pencils attributed
  C-383 The Biggest Car

Notes: No fantasy, mystery, or horror elements; reads more like a crime story.
3 pg art Paul S Newman script attributed
Cal Massey pencils signed

Contributors:
Tom Lammers: Story Information
  C-430 The Macabre Museum 6 pg art Carl Wessler script attributed
George Tuska pencils signed
  - Polio Precautions - pg public service
Contributors:
Tom Lammers: Story Information
  C-572 The Corpse Vanishes 5 pg art Carl Wessler script attributed
Bob Fujitani pencils guess