SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON comic book 12-18
SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON
DATE: December 1964
TITLE: OPERATION RESCUE
COVER: The Robinsons join forces with bat-winged men to battle poison-spouting creatures from space!
NARRATION: The Earth's space station, operated by the Robinson family, has become lost in space. Hunting for some clue to guide it home, it suddenly picks up a startling signal...
LIFE FORMS: Bat winged men, a giant mutant like alien tiger beast with tusks is speared by the bat men; fierce insects hunt in the forest; Akoril is the eldest son of the honorable Ilikru, mayor of the city and his wife is Aneeka; the planet's air affects humans from earth and makes them see illusions (ho hum); a ship from Earth is here, abandoned; a netting canopy over the bat men and women (called the CHIROPT) city keeps out insects;
PLANETS: The bat men and women planet; in the same system is a colder planet; on the ice snow planet, the Robinsons find men from Earth;
ALLIES: Akoril, Aneeka; men from Earth--Capt. Morrow and men passed through a very large dark nebula of cosmic dust and some of it was highly radioactive and affected the ship's log--the way to Earth may have been obscured.
OF INTEREST: Morrow mentions there is not much wild country left now on the planet Earth. The Robinsons use the log to start on their way home as does Capt. Morrow in his rocket. Why can't they all go on Space Station One? Pin Up wrap around covers continued.
CLOSING NARRATION: The Robinsons, with hope in their hearts, speed toward their space station, anxious to start their homeward journey...undaunted by the fact that they are more than a million miles from that speck in the universe called EARTH.
SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON ANNUAL: This story appeared in text form in the annual from England.
SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON
DATE: April 1965
TITLE: THE IRON DWARFS
COVER: Escaping to an underground cavern for safety, Craig and Tam Robinson find greater peril in the trap of the IRON DWARFS!
NARRATION: Lost in space, the earth made laboratory station, manned by the Robinson family, continues on a hopefully charted star path...
SPACE DANGERS: a vast cloud of cosmic dust; a giant sun in constellation 1327 grows and is about to take in SS2;
PLANET: the planet's weight compared to its size is much greater than Earth's; rocks of heavy iron; a meteorite shower sends Tam and Craig into a cave;
LIFE FORMS: Metallic cords;
ENEMIES: Small but very strong and stout rotund blue aliens-- language: Kunakka, guma Bakokkin; have great specific gravity
ALLIES: Lacare--alien from here named Aylorie uses invisibility to rescue Tam and Craig; a collision doomed planet brought the Iron Dwarfs and fragments from their blasted planet to this planet; man uses thought telepathy and a levitation belt; Captain Alacru; Osala; Lacareen aliens;
QUOTE: June: "Craig, I'm scared! We're in the power of creatures who will have no more mercy on us than if we were insects!"
SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON
DATE: July 1965
TITLE: THE PIT OF DOOM
COVER: On a fiery cloud in space, June and Craig Robinson risk their lives to save their son from THE PIT OF DOOM!
NARRATION: After feeling their way by radar through a strange planet's thick cloud cover, the Robinsons have landed their space station in the middle of lush but menacing life forms... LIFE FORMS: Lots! Thick jungles of flying insectoids, mammals, beetles with horns of steel which can change shape; many evil imitations of Tim and Tam; kangaroo like mammals; moving vines; small islands in the sky with vines that can be dropped
ALLIES: Dalak (yes, Dalak), leader of those above, living on the sky islands; descended from tree top dwelling peoples; Upok, Matil, Olto; eat fruit from the trees; call the beetles the Oplops; and have fire warriors. Give Robinsons fruit. Dalak's people call the world below "the Old World." Dalak's people are short, use circular bows to fire fire arrows, and have three fingers--the middle one is bigger and continually up. Live in huts.
FEATURE: "Space-Age Apparel": Tam has a soil proof metallic fiber which sheds dirt and moisture. When there's time for relaxing (?), she slips into comfortable clothes. On special occasions Tam wears a sheer overshirt and cape with her tapered capris. Tim wears a well equipped spacesuit which protects him from radiation and extreme temperatures. Tim is ready to brave the cold in thermal one piece suit. It keeps a constant temperature and is ideal for skiing whenever the Robinsons find a snowy planet (has a clear visor).
WRITTEN INFO: Craig was given a log tape in OPERATION RESCUE by Capt. Morrow. Morrow's rocket passed through a highly radioactive section of cosmic dust and part of the tape was destroyed. The Robinsons might manage to reach a part of space that matches the log. They have atmosphere indicators in the space mobiles. As long as the Space Station remains intact, it is always possible the Robinsons will one day find their way back to Earth. If they do return, it would not mean the end of the series, for there would be adventures on Earth before taking off again in the space station...and they would take off again. As citizens of our planet, they would enjoy spending time again on Earth but as dedicated space scientists, June and Craig feel quite at home in their space station and out among the stars. Spacemobiles use advanced rocket fuel, the motors are small but numerous and are equipped with devices that return the exhaust to the motor again for refiring. The quantity of fuel used is small.
QUOTE: Tim: "Dad, I thought I saw fruit trees! Maybe we can dicker with the natives!"
SPACE FAMILY ANNUAL: This story appeared in the annual in comic form.
SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON
DATE: October 1965
COVER: The Robinsons struggle to escape a planet whose sun showers death-dealing rays!
NARRATION: Adrift in space and long out of touch with Earth, the Robinson family in their space station have a fresh cause for anxiety...
SPACE DANGERS: Gravitational fields of a star cluster slow down the Space Station; the family abandon the SS1 and try to find a suitable planet to live on for the rest of their lives. 2 days later, they find the yellow dwarf star has a fourth planet that is habitable; the third is too hot and farther ones are gas giants; planet has thin air, little water, fuel almost gone, they sight a city--a space port to land on;
LIFE FORMS: Small green like people once lived on this planet; they moved their whole planet; flying platforms appear; many of the people took off from the planet---the new sun made them turn old; a few did not make it off;
CIRCUMSTANCES: The Robinsons begin to age rapidly; using the devices left on the unfinished ship and the city, they manage to break free of the planet and back to the Space Station and break it free of the pull. All de-age back to their normal age.
CLOSING NARRATION: The Great Space Station moves on into the unknown, and the family aboard are not concerned at the moment about where they are heading-they are just happy to be together...and alive.
WRITTEN INFO: Tim and Tam go to school about ten minutes each month--a special device like a tv set flashes events by as they are put into a hypnotic state. The approximate date of the adventures of the Robinsons is 2000. Tim is 16, Tam is 15. SPACE FAMILY ANNUAL: This tale appeared in text form.
SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON LOST IN SPACE
DATE: January 1966
TITLE: MENACE OF THE METAL EATERS
ART: Dan Spiegle
COVER: The Robinsons battle indestructible beasts n MENACE OF THE METAL EATERS.
NARRATION: Lost in limitless space, the Robinsons patiently try every means to find the way back to their own solar system.
SPACE STATION NOTES: Spectrograph in use. Meteorite warning radar, meteorite repulsion fields.
PLANET: Altair--has only one city; cosmic radiation has affected the water and plant life.
LIFE FORMS: Giant Metal Monsters which eat metal; Altairians--slits for eyes, big heads, small bodies and noses;
ALLIES: Voltan and people-are helped to leave their dying planet.
ENEMIES: Endro and his rebel faction
ADDITIONAL NOTES: Craig and June have located the light from Earth's sun while Endro holds Tim and Tam. Craig knows judo. Tim uses a Somni ray gun. A big meteor gets through and the station has to be moved. The metal monsters who eat metal are destroyed by water vapor. Craig gives the aliens metal to leave their planet. Craig is drawn like Guy Williams, even in a green outfit. Tam looks a bit more like Angela Cartwright. WRITTEN INFO: Tim is 16, Tam is 15, June is 39, Craig is 41.
SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON LOST IN SPACE
DATE: April 1966
TITLE: PRISONERS OF SPACE
COVER: The Robinsons live a nightmare as space prisoners change their shapes and take over the space station! (in the reprint of this issue, issue 56 the cover says--the Robinsons live a nightmare as space prisoners change their shapes and take over the space stationS!)
NARRATION: The Space Station, manned by the scientists Craig and June Robinson, and their teen-age son and daughter, has broken loose from its Earth orbit and is now adrift in trackless space...
ALIENS: Aliens---from Kormat--with four arms, slit eyes and noses, white and blue, with four webbed toes--versus--formless giant bipeds with seemingly orange hair and mean faces-Dreephars from a dense atmosphere--in the air of the SS1 they are weak due to being oxygen starved. The Kormat aliens force the Robinsons to use SS1 as a transport for their prisoner Dreephars. The Dreephars find the emergency oxygen tanks. The Dreephars change into formless blobs, making the others think they are dead. The alien Dreephars take over the station and kill the two guards using a change wrought on by a drink they made. June and Tim with Clancy and Yakker hide in a spacesuit closet. Tam and Craig get away in the space mobile.
CLOTHES: Tam wears something like Emma Peel from THE AVENGERS.
PLANET FALL: Kormat. Craig and Tam go to it while June, Clancy, Yakker, and Tim avoid the Dreephars who change back to their natural state. Kormat launches a fast cruiser which can catch up to the SS1 before it lands on the planet of the Dreephars. Small red planet whose metal content could hide the SS1 from the cruiser but Craig picks up June on the radio. June and Tim hide in the space mobile, drain the air from the ship, killing the Dreephars, and also planned to blast out of the hangar, which could have damaged the SS1.
QUOTE: Alien Kormat: Interesting those people from planet Earth...friendly..quite intelligent but such strange looking beings..almost unbelievable!
Tam: Eeeeee! Dad!
SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON LOST IN SPACE
DATE: July 1966
TITLE: RIVER OF FIRE
COVER: Giant flying creatures attack the Robinsons above the deadly RIVER OF FIRE!
COVER ARTIST: George Wilson
NARRATION: The Earth's first space station has been pierced by a meteorite and forced to land on a strange planet at the edge of a mighty canyon...
PLANET: Earthquakes! Lava flow at SS1! Craig and Tim wear colorful T-shirts. June wears a sleeveless shirt top;
LIFE FORMS: Cultivated fields and farmers; green alien farmers; Giant flying creatures that take on the color of the fields they land on; four balls of light--fire balls--visitors from a distant sun are called Dynamins and help the Robinsons since they protected other forms of life.
ALLIES: The green men, one named Kitan have built an underground city by cultivating a plant whose sap hardens into any mold-- floors, walls, furniture; the Dynamins who didn't tell the Robinsons their space station wasn't destroyed by the lava flow who wanted to watch how the family treated the green farmers but who helped the family a bit and repaired the magnetic drive on the Space Station;
ENEMIES: the bird-manta like flying monsters called the Ma-ak who try to dig through to the underground city and spread poison fumes. The green men build a tunnel to the Space Mobiles, the family must venture through the poisoned tunnels to their space mobiles and burn the mantas with their rockets. A manta sting gets into Tim and Tam's space mobile but the use the helmets to breath as poison fumes come in from the stinger. The Mantas head for a lake which June thinks is an inland sea. NOTE: Years later in 1983 or so, GALAXY EXPRESS, an excellent Japanese animated series used a very similar story, all but more serious and thematic to that overall series than it is here. Also note the 1995 series HYPERNAUTS had a story about peaceful manta like flyers who were trying to save a volcanic planet. SPACE ACADEMY's first episode (introducing the semi- green-brown Loki) had light forces which protected less advanced life forms.
WRITTEN INFO: The Robinsons were selected by computer as the family most mentally and physically qualified to man the space station. The Robinsons were making experiments in the outer regions of our solar system when the space station was suddenly rocked by violent cosmic explosions. Its controls damaged, the space station was hurled at tremendous speed deep into space and all contact with Earth was lost (not entirely true). The garden on the sun deck supplies all the fresh fruit and vegetables. There is a supply of other preserved food aboard, brought with them form Earth. Rain that falls on the space station is trapped and routed into tanks where it is purified for drinking. Fuel is no problem for the station as it is powered by electro magnetic drive...and the equipment aboard produces rocket fuel for the space mobiles. COVER ARTIST IS GEORGE WILSON for all issue (!?).
QUOTE: June: "Craig, they're all heading for that big lake-or is it an inland sea?"
Craig: "Perhaps they're amphibious!"
CAPT. VENTURE: THE CAPTURE: Scotty: I'm just removing this laddie's wee sword!
SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON LOST IN SPACE
DATE: October 1966
TITLE: SLEEP NO MORE, SIR THOMAS
COVER: An emergency landing on a war-torn planet brings the Robinsons their strangest experience in space!
NARRATION: Earth's first space station, by a strange mischance, has become lost in space-and now, after bewildering adventures, its crew faces a new disaster...
SPACE DANGERS: The recycling plant for air and food goes awry--the electrolyte leaked out and structural stress showed a warping on the hull.
PLANETFALL: A 4th planet with a bit more radiation than on Earth but not too dangerous. Trees, grass, a ruined, destroyed city. LIFE FORMS: Alien bats inside an alien spaceship, alien tigers one of whom Thomas has to sword dead. Tam uses Kol's gun on the other tiger inside the Kol spaceship. Craig figures the tigers were mutations. Vultures. One drops something--gee, I hope it was a rock!
ALLIES: Sir Thomas Maldrane, Lady Alice, John Bowman, who were at a tourney at Sarum Town in the 12th Century when large giant aliens landed in a bird's egg-like spacecraft and took them away 850 years ago. Alan Fletcher, an arrow and bow man.
ALIEN: Kol commander of spaceship Iklatal. His sleep machine wakes him when the family entered the vault. The Robinsons accidentally awaken the first, Thomas Maldane--June's ancestor who fought for King Richard the Lionhearted! The giant aliens landed on this planet which had people that wiped themselves out in a nuclear war. To remain safe, until they could have help, the giants put themselves and their 12th Century kidnap victims in suspended state using gas. Craig makes the alien an offer--show them how to get back to Earth and he will allow the giant and his people to repair the ship. Kol agrees, seeing Craig's thoughts are honest. Kol gets sick from Maldane's cold. His system is different from our own.
TIME FRAME: 2002 AD.
OF INTEREST: The family show Thomas London of 2002, Castle Maldane has remained the same. This issue ends with a cliffhanger...only Kol knows the phase astronomy and he lies recovering...he may die from the virus.
WRITTEN INFO: The Robinsons lived in Woodland Hills, a suburb of Los Angeles, California. Craig and June worked as scientists in space technology laboratories in the area before being selected to command Space Station #1. The Robinsons don't really need robots to help with chores, for there is very little housework to do, as most everything is done mechanically with built in appliances. A robot smart enough to show the Robinsons how to find their way back to Earth would be most useful. Unfortunately, they don't have the knowledge to build a robot that smart. The Space Station's direction cannot be controlled from the Spacemobiles. The Station can have pre-set directions enabling it to reach a destination without help from anyone on board. The rocket fuel is made by machinery aboard the Space Station. It is no so much advanced type fuel that gives the Space Mobiles such speed but the new type rocket motors which produce speed. The materials covering SS1 and the Spacemobiles are combinations of steel, plastic, and special chemicals. Instead of becoming red-hot when propelled at fantastic speeds through space, this material through chemical reaction becomes cool.
NOTE: Frog aliens appear in CAPT. VENTURE-TRAPPED. SLEEP NO MORE SIR THOMAS became WHITMAN SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON, aka at the bottom of the issue credits ON SPACE STATION ONE, issue 58 with MAGNUS ROBOT FIGHTER 4000 AD-JOURNEY TO THE END OF THE WORLD. The cover was almost exactly the same except the logo SPACE FAMILY ROBINSON LOST IN SPACE was down at an angle ala SPACE: 1999 type credits. It was 60 cents as opposed to the 12 cents for issue 18!
QUOTE: Sir Thomas: Lady Robinson, this passeth understanding--but are we no longer on Earth?