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Action Comics (v1) #12 [H Story]

"The Land of the Fourth Dimension"
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Action Comics (v1) #12 [H Story]
Universe:   Earth-Two 
Editor: Vincent Sullivan
Writer: Gardner F. Fox
Penciler: Fred B. Guardineer
Cover Artist : Fred B. Guardineer
Cover Date : May 1939
On Sale Date: April 1939
Story Arc: -
Pages: 12
Cover Price : $0.10
Users Read: 34 Users Rated: 25
 
 
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Zatara takes up a friend's offer to test a device that sends him to a different dimension. What adventure will he find there?
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Main Characters
  Zatara
  Zatara last appeared in Action Comics (v1) #11 [H Story]. Zatara next appears in New York World[appost]s Fair Comics 1939 [J Story].
 

 
Supporting Characters
  Duoro First Appearance
  This is Duoro's only appearance.
 

  Professor Susswill First Appearance
  This is Professor Susswill's only appearance.
 

  Queen Mulano First Appearance
  This is Queen Mulano's only appearance.
 

  Sadra First Appearance
  This is Sadra's only appearance.
 

  Xataral First Appearance
  This is Xataral's only appearance.
 

 
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  go2shaw Says:    
  2017-11-10 10:24:53  
  Wow. Did they have acid in 1939? Mr. Fox had to be tripping on something when he wrote this one! The image of the two queens kissing is not something I was expecting to see in a golden age comic. Not that there's anything wrong with that...  
 
 

  Ice Says:    
  2017-12-08 10:19:36  
  I love these far out early dimension hopping stories. This story, just like Slam Bradley's adventure in 2 billion AD, make me think about the future DC multiverse. Surely, none of the creators were thinking about anything as weird and mind-blowing as all that, but it's certainly a precursor.

You'd think Zatara, as an incredibly powerful magic user, wouldn't be so freaked out at seeing "the doorway into the fourth dimension".
 
 
 

  Russ Says:    
  2017-12-31 14:32:40  
  A fun little escapade. The first foray by a hero into an alternate dimension? It boggles the mind that they had a few basics on this concept so early, even if a multiverse wasn't what anyone had in mind yet. @go2shaw: actually, yes. Hallucinogens have been around for centuries, and western science started to study them in earnest around the start of the 20th century!

3 stars. Yeah, I didn't expect to see such a kiss in a Golden Age comic either. They were pretty forward thinking back then, although I wonder what they really thought of it when this was first published.
 
 
 

  thatsAgoodONE11 Says:    
  2018-01-04 20:22:28  
  Clever tricks for Zatara to end the war while not having to steal the necklace. I really enjoy these alternate dimension stories that become prevalent later on in comics history. This is a very good early incarnation of seeing the character inhabit another world!

The kiss between queens is out of left field for this time period. And I have to think the final line of Zatara's dialogue was intentional - "Someday I will have to go back to see how the new kingdom I formed is MAKING OUT!"

3/5
 
 
 

  Neskit Says:    
  2018-03-03 12:02:19  
  Wow.. not bad at all.  
 
 

 
 
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