Friday, February 26, 2016


The first season of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea began with Admiral Nelson and the crew of the Seaview fighting against a foreign government in order to prevent a world-threatening earthquake, continuing with a foreign government destroying American submarines with new technologies. This season also had several stories in which the Seaview crew spent the episode dealing with the perils of the open sea. 

Ad for the limited edition DVD of the first season in the UK.

The season also introduced the diving bell and a mini-submarine, as well as the first alien and sea monsters stories. The season ended with the Seaview crew fighting a foreign government to save a defense weapon.

Unfortunately, this feature is not included in the issue #16 reprint or the Hermes Press book.

Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea #6  Land-locked, the Seaview becomes an open target as it battles its way to water!
"The Overland Trail"
It's life and death race for the Seaview across land! Admiral Nelson has 48 hours to carry out the secret commands of his sealed orders. 
Art by Alberto Giolitti & Giorgio Cambiotti. 
Begins the Explorers in the Unknown back up stories, running through issue #15. It is about the adventures of the spaceship Hunter I, very much a precursor to Star Trek
Written by Dick Wood with artwork by Giolitti (Star Trek) Studios, Nevio (Star Trek) Zaccara & Jose Delbo (on the last story.) 

"The Overland Trail Part II"
Clearly lured into an inland trap, the crew of the Seaview find themselves under fire! 
Pin-up painted back cover.

Note that the reprint issue shown here, issue #16 came in priced at 15 cents.
This issue was the last issue to complete Volume One of the Hermes Press Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea" The Complete Series. Volume Two completed reprinting the rest of the Gold Key comic book series. 

Nice splash page of the Seaview!

This feature is not included in the #16 reprint issue or the Hermes book.
There's no pin-up on the reprint in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea #16, or the Hermes book, unsure what page was left out of issue #16 though. Too bad, I enjoyed seeing the art without the logo and print on the Gold Key pin-ups.
"The Overland Trail" story has been reprinted in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea #16 (minus one page & pin-up back cover) and the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea: The Complete Series Volume One.  

The cover of the Netherlands edition.

First Explorers in the Unknown story featured Giolitti Studios artwork.
You can read more about the Explorers of the Unknown in a previous blog of mine:
(Highlight the address, right click and select open link.)

The pilot episode (on disc one) was show on the DVD edition in color, as opposed to black and white on television.
In the first season, the gritty, atmospheric, and intense series featured story lines devoted to Cold War themes, as well as excursions into near-future speculative fiction. While aliens and sea monsters, not to mention dinosaurs, did become the subject of episodes, the primary villains were hostile foreign governments. While fantastic, there was a semblance of reality in the scripts.

That is one sweet logo!
The first season opening credits depicted Seaview rising towards the surface, and the closing credits played out over a still of the Seaview's spectacular arctic surface, as featured at the start of the original motion picture.

If you are so inclined, noted author Alan Caillou wrote a great action adventure novel, The Dead Sea Submarine, published by Pinnacle Books, with a similar scenario. The private army is on the march... against enemies plotting a third world war in the Middle East. Now comes the invincible Colonel Tobin with his hand-picked, hand-trained collection of the hardest, strongest, most efficient fighters in the world - men who live, work, fight, drink, and love like devils; an odd band of angels...and the best damn bunch since The Dirty Dozen! I would highly recommend it, especially if you like this issue of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Now I need to dig out my copy!

Season One was split into two volumes on DVD.
Live Large My Friends!

Thank You!

The biggest stat of the show to me was the Seaview!

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