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Space Ranger

Space Ranger  is a science fiction hero who was published by DC Comics in several of their 1950s and 1960s anthology titles. He first appeared in Showcase #15 (July 1958) and was created by writers Edmond Hamilton and Gardner Fox and artist Bob Brown.[1][2] The character has notable similarities to a preceding character named David “Lucky” Starr, created by novelist Isaac Asimov in his 1952 novel David Starr, Space Ranger. After appearing in Showcase #15 and 16, the Space Ranger was given a cover-starring series in Tales of the Unexpected, starting with issue #40 and lasting until #82 (1959–64). Afterwards, he moved to Mystery in Space.

Publication history

In 1957, DC Comics editorial director Irwin Donenfeld held a meeting with editors Jack Schiff and Julius Schwartz in his office, asking them each to create a new science fiction hero: one from the present, and one from the future. Given first choice, Schiff chose to create one from the future.[3]

After a successful tryout in Showcase #15 and 16, the Space Ranger was given a slot in Tales of the Unexpected as of issue #40 (August 1959).[4] He moved to Mystery in Space for issues #92–99, 101, 103 (1964–65).[5]


  1. ^ Irvine, Alex; Dolan, Hannah, ed. (2010). “1950s”. DC Comics Year By Year A Visual Chronicle. London, United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. p. 91. ISBN 978-0-7566-6742-9Space Ranger…debuted in Showcase #15 in stories by writer Edmond Hamilton and artist Bob Brown. {{cite book}}|first2= has generic name (help)
  2. ^ Markstein, Don (2008). “Space Ranger”Don Markstein’s ToonopediaArchived from the original on October 19, 2012. Retrieved October 18, 2012. Editor Jack Schiff took charge of the character, and handed him over to writers Edmond Hamilton and Gardner Fox for development. Bob Brown illustrated their script.
  3. ^ Amash, Jim (2004). “Foreword”. The Adam Strange Archives Volume 1. New York, New York: DC Comics. pp. 5–8. ISBN 978-1401201487.
  4. ^ Schelly, William (2013). American Comic Book Chronicles: The 1950s. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 188. ISBN 9781605490540.
  5. ^ Wells, John (2015). American Comic Book Chronicles: 1960-64. TwoMorrows Publishing. p. 171. ISBN 978-1605490458.

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