| Planet Comics (1940)
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Publisher: Fiction House
Publication Date: January 1940 - Winter 1953
Country: United States
Depending on your perspective, Planet Comics was either baldfacedly exploitative or wildly progressive. Some think it was merely an excuse for the Golden Age's premiere "good girl" artists to tell science fiction stories. Others see it as a progressive example of stories which featured strong women. In either case, it was notable for devoting nearly 100% of its space to science fiction stories about women. It's been alleged that every page of the comic features at least one prominent drawing of a beautiful woman.
By modern sceince fiction standards, the setting of most of its tales is preposterous. Stories regularly feature a solar system infested with extraterrestrial, humanoid life. For instance, one of the lead characters was "Mysta of the Moon"—who was literally from the Moon. She's never described as having come from an Earth colony on the Moon. Likewise, Spurt Hammond is from Venus. Oddly, the main strip centered on Earth, The Lost World, describes a much bleaker future for Earth itself. Planet's view of Earth is profoundly dystopian.
Another characteristic of the magazine was its propensity to include pseydonymous bylines for its stories. Names like "Thornecliffe Herrick", "Ross Gallun", and "Hugh Fitzhugh" pepper the publication—much to the chagrin of confused modern scholars. Aside from Planet—and the occasional other Fiction House publication—these names never appear anywhere else in comics history.
Number of issues cataloged: 73