Sunday, June 12, 2016
Space Ace volume 6
In 'The Collectors From Space', Ace's meteor-damaged spaceship is approached by a mysterious sphere which draws the spaceman and his second-in-command Sergeant Bill Craig inside. Unconscious, they are unaware that the sphere continues on to Earth where it gathers items of architectural interest. Meanwhile, the military fight back; their war craft have been immobilised, but they are able to use horses to drag a trailer, loaded with an atomic mine, under the sphere. The explosion destroys the stabilisers of the alien ship and launches it towards space. Inside, the creatures the aliens have been gathering for their intergalactic zoo escape...
The 'science' in this science fiction is what you'd expect of a boys' comic from the 1950s, but that doesn't make the story any the less exciting, and Turner's artwork—and John Ridgway's colouring—are as good as we've come to expect from this series.
You'll find more excitement in 'Space Ace and the Lens', in which an alien race wants to use a solar reflector to revive a dead world at the expense of another planet whose unhappy inhabitants seek the aid of the Space Patrol. Space Ace and Bill are almost roasted alive when they intervene.