Some of you may recognize this as the cover of Odd Comics’ Captain Saturn Giant, published in the early ’60s. Odd Comics as a publisher seems to have been largely forgotten these days, and it takes a lot of digging to find their comics, but it’s worth the effort.
Okay, I confess: the above was a lie! It’s just a fake comic cover, by me. I’ll tell you the truth as to how this came about.
Over on LinkedIn, the very talented Thomas N. Perkins IV posted a drawing he’d done on the first page of a copy of his book If…. Thomas does a lot of cool stuff, but something about this drawing particularly caught my eye. It had a sort of Silver Age-looking superhero character, with a big monster behind him. I commented on how I liked it, and in Thomas’ reply, he said it was “Captain Saturn and his pet Gulglammakus.”
Somehow, their being named planted a seed in my brain. And suddenly, I was envisioning Captain Saturn featured in a Silver Age extra-length Giant comic. I told Thomas about this, and with his blessing, I went to work on this cover.
Thomas’ original drawing was in black and white with gray tones, and he wanted to figure out the color scheme for Captain Saturn for me first, which I then translated into the Silver Age comics color palette.
His response when I gave him a preview of the finished cover was, “I won’t lie, I am sure this is a book I would’ve read as a kid.” I’m very pleased to get that kind of reaction. And I’ll confess, this is the sort of thing that would’ve caught my eye too. And probably still would!
For a time after graduating college, I used to have this recurring dream: I’d walk into a comics shop I’d never been in, and discover all these really cool comics that I’d never seen before! The sad part though is that I could never remember anything about them after I woke up, or maybe I’d have tried to create those comics myself. Maybe one of them might have been something like Captain Saturn!
Captain Saturn is ™ & © Thomas N. Perkins IV. Thomas, thanks much for letting me play with your toys for a minute!