RUN: 1 issue 1980s. This is the
paperback by Fireside, not to be
confused with the ongoing series Mystery in Space, which briefly returned
in the same decade
OUTLINE: Silver Age sci-fi tales
KEY CREATORS: Various, but quite a few were written by John Broome IIRC.
STANDOUT STORY: The Atomic Knights (by Broome), a rare dark Silver Age story
DUD STORY: A story written by Broome where the women overthrow the men in some story, botch things up, learn their lesson, and return the power to the men
OVERALL: I got this in a trade because Who's Who and DC Comics Presents' Whatever Happened To... feature whetted my appetite regarding Silver Age sci-fi, particularly regarding recurring DCU characters. Now I
find I'm no longer hungry.
The stories tend to be daft, yet in an uninteresting sort of way. Some of the stories might be effective if you're trying to convince to convince your children that men should dominate women but since that might put your
children in unhealthy relationships whichever sex they might be, that's probably not such a good idea.
That said the Atomic Knights story is probably the best story I've ever read from the Silver Age. What's it doing in a volume almost completely full of bad stories? Very moody, with a nice way to lure the reader in: the hero is a bit amnesiac, so the reader learns what's happening at roughly the same rate as the hero. I think the Adam Strange/JLA story was in this volume but I no longer recall for sure. If so that wasn't bad either.
RECOMMENDED OR NOT? If you can get it for around a dollar, the Atomic Knights story makes it worth the costs. Otherwise, there is enough truly dull, bad stories in this volume (worse than the Greatest Stories Ever
Told selections) to make this a strong miss
CONTINUITY NOTES: Some stories probably aren't meant to be part of the DCU. Of those that are, the 1940s Tommy Tomorrow story is pretty much retconned away both by the Silver Age incarnation and by real history. The rest are more debatable