I’ve already talked about 1963, the Alan Moore helmed, mid-90’s Image comics series and I wanted to share one of my favorite chapters, the mind-blowing, reality-bending “It Came From Inner Space!” from 1963 Book Three: Tales of the Uncanny. Tales of the Uncanny was basically a riff on Marvel’s classic Tales Of Suspense, with U.S.A. the Ultimate Secret Agent in the Captain America slot, and Hypernaut serving as the Iron Man stand-in. Hypernaut is a far weirder character though, and owes as much to Green Lantern and Legionnaire Wildfire, as you’re about to see. This story also represents the first and only(?) artistic pairing of Sturdy Steve Bissette (Swamp Thing, Tyrant) and charmin’ Chester Brown (Yummy Fur), an unusual but inspired choice. I like both artists separately, but I really liked this collaboration. I’ve always especially enjoyed this story for its surreal weirdness and playful subversion of dimensional physics. As with most of my reprints, this is long out of print, and as far as I know, there are no plans to reprint. And if they do reprint 1963, you should totally buy it anyway, as it is great, great stuff.
1963 is copyright Alan Moore, Rick Veitch and Stephen R. Bissette.
The Hypernaut, The Fury and N-Man are copyright and trademark Stephen R. Bissette.