Sunday, November 8, 2009

Review of graphic adaptation of Stanley G. Weinbaum’s 1934 story “A Martian Odyssey”

Michael May of the website Comic Book Resources recently wrote a short review of the graphic adaptation of Stanley G. Weinbaum’s acclaimed and influential short story “A Martian Odyssey” (1934), which was published this past summer in Eureka Productions’ Science Fiction Classics (Graphic Classics series, Volume 17, 2009):

"Stanley G Weinbaum’s “A Martian Odyssey” is another story that’s done an immeasurable service by the art. [...] Weinbaum’s bio in the back of the book lets us know that it was a highly influential story (Asimov apparently listed it as one of the top three), but like Verne’s work, there’s no real plot stringing the events together. Enter Ben Avery with some modern slang and George Sellas with his animated, pulp-inspired visuals. The adaptation looks and sounds like a Flash Gordon cartoon and it’s just as exciting, pulling you through the astronaut's adventures in constant wonder about what kind of awesomely absurd creature you’re going to meet next."

Pictured: Scene from the first page of the graphic adaptation of "A Martian Odyssey".

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