Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Fast Talk: The Fourth Quadrangle of Space
The Fourth Quadrangle of Space: Serious astronomers, look away now. While recently enjoying this story--"The Man Who Claimed the Earth!" by John Broome and Carmine Infantino--I must have paused to read the first panel here at least five times in a row, and each time that I attempted to absorb the information presented in that narrative box it amused me more than the last. The scene is apparently set in "the galactic universe of Olimpus in the fourth quadrangle of space." If that blatantly invented technobabble isn't specific enough for you, you'll have to consult an upside-down star chart or a drunken astrophysicist. And this is to say nothing of the fact that this little story swiftly establishes that all of mankind is but an offshoot of an ancient alien race before casually brushing that history-shattering fact aside and blatantly ignoring it forevermore! Somehow, I feel certain that I could get a few more posts out of this tale...
Issue: The Flash #113 (June-July 1960)