Doomsday + 1 1 (July 1975)

34341It’s the end of the world as we know it… and John Byrne’s drawing it. I’m not sure what the series’s title, Doomsday + 1, has to do with the content. The premise is simple–three astronauts return to Earth after a nuclear war. Writer Joe Gill doesn’t know much about nuclear warheads, because the radiation’s dissipating real fast. Not so fast the astronauts just get to come back, but fast enough Gill can move the story along.

There are two Ken and Barbie astronauts and then the Japanese woman. She’s in love with Ken; she doesn’t know why, probably because of his Aryan superiority. It doesn’t matter much–Gill abandons all the subplots pretty quick to get into the action. The ice cap got hit and prehistoric beasts are thawing out.

It’s a nice enough mix of apocalyptic and lost world stuff. Byrne’s got some beautifully composed panels in here.

CREDITS

They Live Again; writer, Joe Gill; artist and letterer, John Byrne; editor, George Wildman; publisher, Charlton Comics.

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