Feast your eyes upon the following rather splendid comic covers and pay little heed to the words that follow for they will most probably only confuse you.
This isn’t the first issue of Dell Comics Space Man but rather issue 1253 of Dell’s Four Color Comics. Don’t let the title at the top mislead you although you may care to know that issue 9 of Space Man looked almost exactly like this being a reprint published some 8 years after the preceding issue.
So this is the first actual issue of the Space Man comic but its better known as issue 2. But you may want to bear in mind that the very final issue of Space Man; issue 10 looked almost identical as it too was also a straight reprint.
Issue 3 (Cover art by John Schoenherr)
Issue 4 (Kelly Freas - ?)
Issue 5 (Richard Powers - ?)
And Issue 8 which brought the whole series to an end in 1964....except for the next two issues, the previously stated reprints that resurfaced the following decade.
I’m informed that the interior strip, in both story and art, is nothing to get too nostalgic about, being described by one modern day reviewer as little more than product to occupy shelf space but still; how fantastic are the covers and how sad is it that I can’t track down a credit for them.
Updated and with many thanks to Ian Schoenherr and Beamjockey
John Schoenherr for issue 3
Kelly Freas for issue 4
Richard Powers for issue 5