Tuesday, February 2, 2016


At first, I knew Don Heck for his wonderful work on Marvel Comics The Avengers #27, the second comic book I recall collecting. Then I came across his fantastic artwork on Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea and loved it.

The Gold Key Comics series featured original stories in keeping with the spirit of the television series. They featured esteemed artists such as George Tuska, Don Heck and Alberto Giolitti. There were lots of photos of Admiral Nelson and Commander Crane on the covers. And lest we not forget those amazing pin-ups Gold Key Comics was famous for. 

Always loved the painted covers!

Nice exterior view of the Seaview!

Followed by a nice interior view of the Seaview!
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea #3  Like a man possessed, Admiral Nelson sets the Seaview on the ill-fated course of a phantom ship!
"The Jonah Cruise of the Seaview"
Admiral Harriman Nelson finds a shipwreck from the fifteen or sixteenth century - named Seaview. As he discovers the ship's captain had his initials, he finds the ship's log in an effort to learn the story of the ancient ship.
Written by Dick (Girl from U.N.C.L.E.) Wood with Don (Man from U.N.C.L.E.) Heck & Mike (G-8, Man from U.N.C.L.E., M.A.R.S. Patrol) Peppe art.
"Man Beneath the Sea: Undersea Resources"
Art by Joe Certa.
Inside front cover.
"Man Beneath the Sea: Man Beneath the Sea"
Art by Joe (Dark Shadows, The Phantom) Certa.
Inside back cover.
Back cover pin-up features cover image without copy and photo.

Really nice action shot with the Seaview!

Who doesn't just love the painted covers?
It was great to have another crew member of the Seaview involved in the story, in this case, Curley. Unfortunately, he was the only one to appear in the comics, other than Nelson and Crane. This comic also contained some great likenesses of the three.

Here's where I'm talking about the great likenesses.

The rear and front covers to the Whitman Books hardcover tie-in book, Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea. Sweet wraparound painted cover. The novel was written by noted author Raymond F. Jones (his fantastic novel Colossus, the first of a trilogy, was made into the suspenseful movie, Colossus, the Forbin Project.) Eric Braeden, from the Rat Patrol, starred as Dr. Charles Forbin, creator of the Colossus super computer. It's a fabulous movie and even better trilogy of novels. 
Superb interior artwork from the Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea Whitman hardback.
One of the great interior illustrations, from the Leon Jason Studios, for the Whitman hardcover. Recommended reading!
Live Large My Friends!

Thank You!

I'm happy to say I still have my View-Master slides!
Lobby card from the original motion picture of Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea.
The incredible detail for the Moebius model gives you a fantastic view of the bridge inside the Seaview! I still need to get the guts to begin building it. Once I actually saw it, I had to have it!


  1. Raymond F Jones wrote the novel This Island Earth, which was made into one of the best sci-fi movies of the 1950s.
    (BTW, it was a rewrite of three short stories that had appeared in Thrilling Wonder Stories, "The Alien Machine", "The Shroud of Secrecy" and "The Greater Conflict".)
    But he didn't write Colossus: the Forbin Project.
    That was British author D(avid) F(eltham) Jones, who also penned the two sequel novels you referenced, Fall of Colossus and Colossus and the Crab.

  2. Thanks for setting me straight. Can't believe I did that. I'm usually better with writers than that. Thanks for visiting my blog.