Monday, 1 February 2016


I first suspected that ATLAS/SEABOARD wasn't destined
for longevity when I read an article in MOVIE MONSTERS #2
on The SIX MILLION DOLLAR MAN, featuring an interview with
LEE MAJORS, star of the TV show.  He mentioned author MARTIN
CAIDIN's book, 'SIDEBOARD', which made me do a double-take as
the book was actually called 'CYBORG' - something I knew for certain
'cos I'd previously read it (and still own it today).  Obviously the article
had been transcribed from a recorded interview (either by 'phone or
in person), but with that kind of sloppy journalism, I figured that
the mag and the company were fated  for a short life.

Well, it gave me no pleasure to be proved right, and I'm
certainly not crowing about it, but MARTIN GOODMAN was
paying higher rates than other companies, so he was surely entitled
to expect a better standard than he was receiving in some cases.  Ten
months after it had started, the age of Atlas came to an end.  Not so
much an age, more of a moment.   They'd tried just a little too hard
to look like MARVEL, and in so doing, failed to establish an
identity of their own.  Would-be publishers take note.

Hope you've all enjoyed this series of cover galleries looking
back at the Atlas/Seaboard output, frantic ones.  If so, let's hear
from you in the comments section.  Your appreciation is always
appreciated.  (Why, that's almost profound.)


DeadSpiderEye said...

I do recall reading Cyborg as a youth and being really impressed, it wasn't my copy though, one of my brother's friends, so I don't have it. I can't recall much about the book, other than the protagonist being in conflict with his circumstance. These covers are pretty decent, the prospect of encountering, female filled fantasy, is particularly inviting.

Andrew May said...

Again, some very good covers even if they're obviously derivative. As I already mentioned, I recently bought a copy of Devilina #1 and thought it was pretty good. Looking across all seven galleries, Goodman seems to have covered all the bases with one notable exception - no super-teams. That's odd, given that three of Marvel's top sellers at the time (FF, Avengers and X-Men) were teams. Also, in my experience a team title is often easier to get pulled into than a single character comic. All the small-talk between team members brings their personalities out much more quickly and naturally than with a solitary protagonist.

Kid said...

I remember wondering why it was the opposite arm that was bionic as opposed to the book, DSE. Also, his eye was a camera that snapped photos, not the marvellous piece of technology of the TV show.


As I speculated in my response to a comment in the previous post, Andrew, perhaps he intended to wait until some of the solo characters were established, then launch a team book with them. Maybe that's why he ordered changes to give some of them superhero costumes.

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