Rat Trap


As promised, it’s Super-Heroes Vs. Super-Horrors Week! First up is one of the most famous Golden Age terror tales of all time, the two-part “Airboy And The Rats.”

I first heard of this story in the second volume Jim Steranko’s History of Comics. Although his breathless description of the teen aviator’s apocalyptic battle against an army of rodents left me enthralled, I never had a chance to actually read the comic-book in question until bloggers like Mr. Door Tree and public-domain comics repositories like the Digital Comic Museum emerged on the Internet nearly 30 years later.

It was definitely worth the wait. Time Bulleteers who have yet to read this instant classic will hopefully agree after today’s post.

From Airboy Comics vol. 5 #11 (Hillman, December 1949), here’s the first part of “Airboy And The Rats.” The Caniff-inspired art is by Ernest Schroeder.

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Tomorrow: The senses-shattering sequel!

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