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ATLAS..COMICS 4 D || D “fr ' PRUTECTUR {eo ANP T KILL Te dive! A \ COHOE. WOE EGYPT. MYTH, A BIRP WHICH LIVEC FOR - 500 YEARS AND-THEN CONSUMED ITSELF /N FIRE, \ RISING RENEWED FROM THE | ASHES. (WEBSTER'S NEW, : WORL PICTIONARN | "I MUST SOAR HIGHER --HIGHER--) AT EVEN GREATER (7D OS SPEED! : THERE.’ MY BOopY IS¢ STARTING TO BURA THE HEAT |S GETTING UNGEARASLE ! Tue BRIEF AND BIZARRE CAREER OF (ED TYLER, ASTRONAUT TURNED — SUPERBEING, NEARS ASOUL-~ | SEARCHING CONELUSION: VAN BE. 2 FORE THIS DAY 16 FIN/SHED, H ue. ee 18 CALLED THE PHOENIX Wik . TIEN BY: GARY FRIEPRICH Gy) ORAWN BY: RIC ESTRADA : INKEP BY: -ARAANK Gh4ACO/4 LETTERED BY: SHELLY LEFERMAN EPITED BY: LARRY L/EBER PHOENIX Volume 1, Number 4 Oct. 1975 15 published bi-monthly by Atlas Comics. Executive offices and office of publication 717 Fifth Avenue, New, York City, N.Y. 10022, Charlies Goodman, Publisher, Larry Lieber, Editor. Alan Kuppertberg, Production Manager. Subscriptions in US, Canada and possessions $1.50 for six issues, Application to mail at second class postage rates is pending at New York, MY. and at additional mailing offices. © Copyright 1975 Seaboard Periodicals, Inc. All rights reserved, PHOENIX is a tradernark of Atlas Comics. a.division of Seaboard Perioditals, inc EEN THE SPAN OF A FEW SHORT DAYS. ED TYLER RAs ey ot CAPTURED BY EXTRA-TERRES- INGS AN IMPRIGONEP IN THEIR, ot ies FORTRESS BENEATH WORTH POLE. LEARNING OF THEIR BANS. TO CESTROY THE PLANET BARTH TYLER STOLE Aare TRAN GIB TORS | ANS CAPTORS ANP Set TER IN THA TEMETS - RID 18 HOME PLAN, We TOF ITS HRPM ENEMIES! NE HBB? AAW er ganna CIT ANE Ie Cees i °26ry WHAT'S LEAT FOR ME ? I've BEEN HANPEP | MORE RAW FOWER _* THAN MAN HAS / ... BUT I'VE M/s- USER IT AT BVERY ) POSSIBLE TURN! +— “ill A es \ a) \ me ’ (TALL Pe cetias iN ladies OF ANP 2 ferkhk. —__ SS SS =/4: Sh THE FLANET & 1S PCOCMEP, ohh AND Zz reaae IN THE GR RESPONSIBILITY! 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Jem A SY s ANC THOSss Wh TERRIBLE THINGS WHS THE HOME OF ASTRONAUT EP TYLER -- ANP ALL THE WEWS YOU'VE BEEN MAKING-- WEARING A COSTUME =“*TAKING ON THE NAME PAOEM/X ?/ QUHLE, A FEW NUNOREC MES BEEOIW, (N WHAT ONCE : THE WAIT |S UNBEARABLE ! THER SPOKE WITH Tee f HIG WIFE LESLIE BRIEFLY | LS ! W/SSUEGZ!=-ki kL. Ss Continued ANP LET TH TRANSFORMA- TION PROCESS a, UNTIL YOU HOLP ME on Jrd page fellowling. THE LASER E HUMAN AWAMENS ! MAKE TER, HiM COMPAR ABLE, yn | ZAR=PEY’ I WILL NOTIFY THE PROTECTORS, \/ F BUT IT CANNOT YOURSELF! Vol ANSWER YOUR YOU ARE \ @UESTIONS NOW! PERFECTLY, ON THEY MUST WAITS , ANP RECEIVING LIKE HELé NY --ANP VW --YOU'RE VV 1'VE GOTTA ! THEY WILL A. THAT , ONE OF GET O/T’ YOU CALLEP ME CAN THEM- OF HERE? EAR THMAN=- ONLY ONE OF I'VE BEEN ee Da MEAN--, THOSE THROUGH ysS//" —th DAMNED 4 THIS NieHT- 5 DEIE/! 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I FEAR FOR THIS “ EXPERIMENT, WE SPACE STATIONS AAAIM CON+ i INDEED--Ga SUCH Mm STiLt, THEY © CREA TURES-- AND \WE ARE SWORN TO PROTECT THEM THE VIOLENCE LURKING WITHIN EARTHME ANS ( ead A i BRING HIM FORHERD! | HOW -- WHEN N ANP STANP REAPY YOU'VE GOT ME WITH THE TRANQUILASERS WRAPPEP UP LIKE. --IN CASE HE AGAIN A MUMMY AND I PON'T EVEN KNOW WAY >e 2 oT “WHO ARE YOU-- ANC WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT? REACTS VIOLENTLY/ SHENCE,EARTHMAN SF IN OUR PRESENCE OBZY THESE RULES--ANP YOU -“WE GHALL ASK THE YOU WILL GPFEAK WILL BE ALLOWED TO SAVE ,OUR QUESTIONS! @ ONLY WHEN ADDRESSED PLANET. OTHERWIGE--/T VILL ' Ao a --AN[? YOU WILL SURELY PERIS#7-=ANP YOU ALONG ANGWER WITHA M/TH !1T. SO PECREE... CIVIL TONGUE ! est III ONS : < ary MY COLLEAGUES ANP Ss 3 re i Cae S| } | ‘SA es al, I WERE APPOINTED BS PROTECTORS OF THE BM» UNIVERSE EONS AGO! ie ' Ves A C= NOW I WILL EXPLAIN Va OUR PX/IGTENCE=" | | AND WHY WE HAVE J (7: Wiaiver | . man : owe ' eo ° SINCE THEN, WE ef a — : rf wf HAVE CONTINUOUSLY | = ROAMEP THE COSMOS -- MERELY OBSERVING LIFE--BUT USING FORCE TO PROTECT IT ON OCCASIONS THAT — WE PEEMEP | | WEC ESSARY, 6PAREUS \ YOUR Hiu/MoR.! WE HAVE NO IR SENSE OF IT/ Alli (Lago IH ESC I) SEN es r ar ) ) a Vv, 1OU HAYE RAPEP YOUR PLANET OF ITS RESOURGES FOR SELF-GAIN=-ANP KILLEP FOR SPORT.’ --AND WE ARE ™ t SAY 70 YOU, WERE THE CHOICE MOST D(SPL BASED MINE ALONE, I WOULP ELIMINATE OF YEARS HAVE ANP THE CAUSE ELAPGEP SINCE WITH YOUR OUR PLANET (VSTAAN TE ¥.! 1S THE MAPPENING WE SENT THE PEVELOPMENT,’ PLANET pu PE/E/ TC NOWHERE ELSE ; CALL EARTH! CUR WORLE IN THE EN TIRE " 70 PO BATTLE WITH THE CHAMPION OF THE ASTRO/P OF EX/Z ES,’ 4 a ANP NOW, \/GETS RIGHT V THATIS HIS DUTY »-AND FARTHMAN,.,¥ TO THE | OUP BEST REMEMBER GOOP LUCK | POINT, | ALL HE HAS TAUGHT YOU! WITH YOUR NOW GOME--YOU MUST FACE THE PROTECTORS - ONCE MORE! (ON WELL. eae ae HAVE I? IF LET TH fh l REFUSE, . GY COMBA ‘ WU'RE GOING TO BLOW UP THE BARTH ANP PI6S/P4TE MY MOLECULES = IGM T Al OURE PUTTING ME ow! NO, I GUESS )0U'RE WOT’ MAYBE ITLL RAIN OUT j a fs ae ait 4 i GQ Continued on 3rd page following. a ME Y's= WT A y ine? SSN I mn BAM IE THB ALIENS, \/ BUT THE HECK We a PO ent DITION “ WITH QUESTIONS! Y WuyAae THEY PUTTING one Ie toe Ti ME THROUGH THIG i a T PEAR THAT EAR FATE IS SEAL eb)” FOR ONE $0 WELL EP- UCATEP=:-THE HUMAN REACTS LIke A CL1Oe IN COMBAT / = WHY ROES HE NOT USe | THE WEAPONS HE WAS Vics ( SPOTTER MB! HE'S COMIN’ .{ CLOSER! Ta Kaur FIRST i GOTTA ae SAIN AAA f P FIGURE OUT HOWTO t WAS LATE ON THAT MAKE THESE BLASTED /( ONE! 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JUST MAY BE -- I'VE ONLY ONE CHANCE LEFT/ ITS USELESS! a GO TMAT'S iT-- WHEN I RAISE ) I CAN'T FIND f Scr, (poem Sam MY ARMS IT KICKS ON THE 3” Py THRUSTERS.! SCORE ONE FOR £06x,' BUT THATS ONLY 2> ~} FOR STARTERS! I've 2 STILL GOTTA WIN THIG FRACAG/ rs NO MORE TIME TO fous uP! S THE ENERG/ZER! 2| | MNEe |) [Here Goes! 1 WON'T BE AS LUCKY AGAIN." J} LEMME SEE-- THAT'S : i FOOT SURE HOPE IT HAVE TO REMEMBER IT/ I JUST HAVE | WHAT FAA-OL TOLP ME! TO GRAB THE BELT AMMAD Ad/-- EATYOUR HEART OUT! NOW, TUST FOR @URE “TLL FINIGH * TCANT USE ITON 2 ¢ HIM PIRECTLY/ IT WON'T MOA THING THAT a/Vi OKAY, TELE: < BUT THERE'S \ PORTATION MORE THAN ¥ ROADG, TAKE & WOME ! ME WAY Li : = fi [i WELL DONE, By YOUHAVE \ Jeans , EARTHMAN, RESULT IS “I PASSED THE \ es) ae THOUGH YOUR MOS 7EST-- AND } = BEGINNING WAS \ (MPRESS/VE! /\ EARNED THE . uN 24 LESS THAN i ’ aN at N r\ A} Ni i worntir ‘BUT BEFORE WE ) ay, “/ BaP We HAVE R/O YOUR PLANET OF RATCAN PUTO . haere / = THE PE/E/--FOR THEY FAZED } BART Hy Be is eet | \ IN THEIR MISSION TO C/V1L(2E | ines dea YOUR RACE! : IF YOU ALSO FAlL=--THEN BARTH. TO SAVE YOUR PEOPLE, YOU MUST PROVE THERE ARE AT LEAST SOME AMONG YOU WORTHY OF LIFE--_- I MUST GO SOME- WHERE --BE ALONE FOR A WHILE -- TAA! YES--AT LEAST THAT LL -- BEGINNING , WITH YOURSELF.’ \. — THE MOMENT ‘You SHOW HATRED BIGOTRY, GREE? OR ANY OF THE OTHER HUMAN PLAGUES --MANIKINE VILL BE POOMED/ NOW GO! WE HAVE GIVEN YOU 4A NEW I@EN 7/7 ¥-- NEW WEAPONS WITH WHICH TC COMBAT Evii--ANP THE GREATEST CAUSE FOR WHICH MAN EVER FOUGHT: ~ RETURN TO EARTH J AS THE PROTECTOR! 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