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Showcase Presents: Challengers of the Unknown, Vol. 1 (Showcase Presents: Challengers of the Unknown #1)

3.27  ·  Rating Details  ·  51 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
Over 500 pages of classic adventures are included in this value-priced volume! After surviving a plane crash, fearless test pilot Ace Morgan, circus daredevil Red Ryan, Olympic heavyweight boxing champ Rocky Davis and marine scientist Professor Haley unite in a mission to explore the unexplainable. Along the way, the intrepid foursome faces dangers of every imaginable sort ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published September 27th 2006 by DC Comics

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Joseph Rice
Sep 26, 2015 Joseph Rice rated it really liked it
After reading the Jack Kirby collection of The Challengers of the Unknown, I picked up this Showcase Presents volume, which collects the Kirby stuff (four issues of Showcase, then the first eight issues of their own title) plus issues 9 - 17. So, I cheated a bit in reading this, because I had already read about half of it before, but whatevs, peeps.

The premise of the Challengers of the Unknown centers around four guys who have cheated death, and decided to spend the rest of their life, living on
Jason Luna
Aug 20, 2014 Jason Luna rated it it was ok
This the work of comic book legend Jack Kirby, or at least he co-created it. But all that's "legendary" about this comic is that it seems really old and dated and slow.

It's like there are four guys who like going on adventures together, and they each have different skills that generally summarize into "likes running around while aliens like to to kill you". But for some reason Kirby really likes to obsessively place characters into their specific skills.

It's not just that one Challlenger likes t
Christopher Roth
(Would be five stars if Kirby drew every page of it. Read on for explanation.) Downsides first: there's a reason most people haven't heard of the Challengers of the Unknown: the storylines here are puerile and wince-makingly scientifically incoherent in a 1950s way, and in black-and-white format at least it is almost impossible, even after 30+ adventures, to tell the four main characters apart, part of DC Comics' now-70-years-old unswerving commitment to shunning all character development whatso ...more
Adam Graham
Feb 10, 2013 Adam Graham rated it liked it
This collections follos the Adventures of the Challengers of the Unknown, originally created for DC by the great Jack Kirby. The basic plot: Four adventurers survive a plane crash, declare they are on borrowed time and set off on a series of fantastic adventures. They later are jointed by a woman named June who becomes an honorary Challenger.

The collection is a bit hit and miss. On the plus side, most of the stories represent the truly amazing fun of 1950s Science Fiction with strange monsters,
Stephen Theaker
Nov 29, 2008 Stephen Theaker rated it liked it
The Challengers of the Unknown live in a world where anything can happen, and, best of all, there aren't any superheroes flying around to grab all the fun. If something weird is going on in their world, they're the people you call. It doesn't matter that they're just four better-than-average humans - or five, once June becomes a very welcome distaff member - they're the best this world has to offer, and they always give it their best shot. You have to love the spirit of four guys whose go-to mov ...more
Nov 29, 2014 Glen rated it liked it
A collection of comic book tales that is excellent as long as Jack Kirby is involved, but loses some steps when he leaves for Marvel. The feature never really recovered, despite several attempts at revival.

Four daredevils that live on borrowed time, have all kinds of adventures, usually involving some form of magic or super-science, including extraterrestrials.
Reprints Showcase #6-7, 11-12, and Challengers of the Unknown #1-17. Ace, Red, Rocky, and Prof defy death and set up to explore the mysteries of Earth. The Challengers of the Unknown combines a sci-fi, creature of the month type comic with aspects of super-hero comics. The stories are sometimes inspiring and other times are just repetative. They do have a classic comic feel to them, but don't come looking for a plot...the Challengers can beat any obstical.
Jun 21, 2008 Travis rated it it was amazing
Four guys in purple jumpsuits work together to protect the world from an enormous amount of aliens, giant monsters, natural disasters and mad scientists.
Lots of fun as Kirby is just telling lots of great pulpy sci-fi adventures.

Only complaint is that the early stories are not big on characterization, so in black and white it can be hard to tell the guys apart.
Sesho Maru
Feb 16, 2013 Sesho Maru rated it it was ok
Pretty representative of the awful comics DC was putting out in the late 50s and early 60s.....except for Jack Kirby's always masterful art. He's in classic form here in the first half of the book until no nome hacks take over the stories. Ugh. Would have given it one star but Kirby made it go up one notch.
This collection starts off fantastically. The issues that Jack Kirby was involved with are delightfully fun. Unfortunately once Kirby felt things went downhill fast; really fast and very far downhill.
Feb 06, 2013 Debra rated it it was ok
Shelves: graphic-novel
Nothing will defeat the Challengers!!!
Nov 07, 2013 Stephen rated it really liked it
good adventure comics.
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