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Sci-Friday starring Adam Chase: Conclusion by Russ Morgan

To the nice folks who have followed Adam Chase for the last year:

Adam Chase was the result of my desire to produce a sci-fi story in comic strip form. It actually started before Star Trek and, of course, a decade or so before Star Wars. In doing the strip on a weekly basis I would usually spend a week of spare time penciling four or five panels and the next week inking them in. It was a labor of love, not for any monetary gain.

I kept tear sheets (I worked at the paper as a staff artist) and actually had the first year bound in a book, which Allan used to scan for the images you have seen. His scans were many times sharper than the original tear sheets and he deserves many kudos for doing such a great job. Unfortunately, I did save tear sheets of the second year but they have been lost or misplaced and, to my knowledge, there are none left on the planet.

Allan and I discussed the possibility of running the second year using the black and white originals. Unfortunately, again, many installments in the latter part of the adventure are missing … enough that the continuity of the story, and the ending, is greatly compromised. If those missing tear sheets surface at some point in the future, perhaps Adam can reappear.

For those who want to know how it all ends now, read on.

IN CONCLUSION
Adam, Chuck and Zonn have returned to Earth with news of an impending alien invasion.

World leaders are eventually warned and a battle plan and defense of the planet is devised. It is discovered that the Universors have been using our moon as a base of their own. Tor and the rest of the martian star fleet arrive and are met at a remote desert location by Adam, Chuck and Zonn, along with military leaders.

The location of the Universor base is discovered and successfully attacked by the Martian star fleet. The leader of the Universors, from his distant planet elsewhere in the galaxy, warns that earth will be destroyed to gain its natural resources. (They’ve done this before).

Taking the offensive, with the Martian star fleet at their command, Adam and Zonn streak across the galaxy and engage the enemy on their own turf. Unfortunately, it was a one way trip, as the only way to get rid of the Universors was to destroy their planet. Adam, Chuck and Zonn were able to sabotage their power center and destroy their world. Presumably, they lost their own lives in saving mankind, but their actual whereabouts is still unknown.
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Thank you again for your interest and readership-
Russ Morgan

2 comments on “Sci-Friday starring Adam Chase: Conclusion by Russ Morgan

  1. ~ Wow! What a great storyline for year two and the conclusion! Russ, thanks so much for sharing Adam Chase with everyone. I'm hoping the tear sheets or originals will show up someday. Adam Chase has a mod-1960's feel to it and as a child of the 60's I felt right at home!

  2. I would second the comment, Mr. Chase, regarding thanks. I enjoyed the strip, and it is a shame that the rest of it is not available. I hope that it does turn up.

    Space operas, for me, never grow stale.

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Sci-Friday starring Adam Chase

Adam Chase strip #52, originally published May 28 1967. For background on the strip and creator, refer to this post.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

First the short version — due to circumstances beyond our control, the second year of the Adam Chase comic strips, which complete the storyline and the run of the strip, is unavailable to run on Stripper’s Guide. Russ and I apologize that we are unable to bring you the conclusion of the strip. Russ will provide a synopsis of the second year’s storyline at the conclusion of this series, which ends with installment #52.

And here’s the long version. Before we began running Adam Chase on the Stripper’s Guide blog, Russ sent me the first year’s worth of strips to scan. He believed that the second year of the run was in his attic, in the form of black and white proofs. We decided to see how things went with the first year, see if people liked it, before troubling Russ with the job of playing archaeologist up in his attic. Recently Russ did go on an expedition into cobweb land to retrieve the second year. Unfortunately to his surprise and dismay he was able to find only a little more than half the proof sheets for year two, not nearly enough to keep running the series.

Russ is very unhappy that his archive turns out to be incomplete, and I’m saddened that we can’t bring you the rest of the series. That is, barring the miracle that someone out there has the tearsheets and is willing to lend them to us for scanning. I considered the possibility of pulling the missing episodes from microfilm, but then I realized that since they were run in color, the quality coming from microfilm will be really awful, if even legible, so that’s no solution.

I hope you will accept the apologies of Russ and I. Having gotten you interested in the story, we know this is a big disappointment. Please keep in mind that I am just as disappointed as you, and Russ even more so at the loss of his archive. I hope you’ll join me in letting Russ know that we really enjoyed year one of his delightful strip, Adam Chase.Your feedback in the comments would be much appreciated.

PS — On a side note, this leaves the Stripper’s Guide flat-footed as regards the future of Sci-Friday. I had expected to have another full year of material for it, and so have not until just now bothered to think of what we might run instead of Adam Chase.

I certainly don’t have a long run of any sci-fi oriented strips that come to mind, at least nothing that suits our needs here. We need a feature that is well and definitely out of copyright, or comes with permission from the copyright holder. Also, it has to be something that isn’t already readily available elsewhere on the web. Anyone have any ideas, or better yet ideas that include source material I can borrow to scan?

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  1. ~ Allan, so sorry to hear about the second year of Adam Chase. I've enjoyed it so far. How about Basil Wolverton's "Spacehawk" as a replacement? Love the art but maybe it's already available.

  2. Sorry about the change with Adam Chase. I don't have any copies myself, but what about Stanley Pitt's "Silver Starr?" I remember reading those years ago in Captain George's Comic World and being very impressed with the Alex Raymond-style artwork.

  3. Sorry Sam, but Spacehawk was a comic book feature. We stick with newspaper strips here. And Bill, we're so doggone parochial around here I had to look up this Silver Starr feature to even know what it was. New Zealand comic strips are way out of our knowledge zone. Does look intriguing. If someone wants to volunteer a run of scans …

    –Allan

  4. Silver Starr is Australian, although it did feature in a small run of New Zealand comic books. I wouldn't consider it public domain, From what I gather the Captain George reprints were unauthorized and the copyright on Silver Starr is retained by Pitt's family.

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Adam Chase strip #51, originally published May 21 1967. For background on the strip and creator, refer to this post.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

First the short version — due to circumstances beyond our control, the second year of the Adam Chase comic strips, which complete the storyline and the run of the strip, is unavailable to run on Stripper’s Guide. Russ and I apologize that we are unable to bring you the conclusion of the strip. Russ will provide a synopsis of the second year’s storyline at the conclusion of this series, which ends with installment #52.

And here’s the long version. Before we began running Adam Chase on the Stripper’s Guide blog, Russ sent me the first year’s worth of strips to scan. He believed that the second year of the run was in his attic, in the form of black and white proofs. We decided to see how things went with the first year, see if people liked it, before troubling Russ with the job of playing archaeologist up in his attic. Recently Russ did go on an expedition into cobweb land to retrieve the second year. Unfortunately to his surprise and dismay he was able to find only a little more than half the proof sheets for year two, not nearly enough to keep running the series.

Russ is very unhappy that his archive turns out to be incomplete, and I’m saddened that we can’t bring you the rest of the series. That is, barring the miracle that someone out there has the tearsheets and is willing to lend them to us for scanning. I considered the possibility of pulling the missing episodes from microfilm, but then I realized that since they were run in color, the quality coming from microfilm will be really awful, if even legible, so that’s no solution.

I hope you will accept the apologies of Russ and I. Having gotten you interested in the story, we know this is a big disappointment. Please keep in mind that I am just as disappointed as you, and Russ even more so at the loss of his archive. I hope you’ll join me in letting Russ know that we really enjoyed year one of his delightful strip, Adam Chase.Your feedback in the comments would be much appreciated.

PS — On a side note, this leaves the Stripper’s Guide flat-footed as regards the future of Sci-Friday. I had expected to have another full year of material for it, and so have not until just now bothered to think of what we might run instead of Adam Chase.

I certainly don’t have a long run of any sci-fi oriented strips that come to mind, at least nothing that suits our needs here. We need a feature that is well and definitely out of copyright, or comes with permission from the copyright holder. Also, it has to be something that isn’t already readily available elsewhere on the web. Anyone have any ideas, or better yet ideas that include source material I can borrow to scan?

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Adam Chase (c) renewed 2013 by Russ Morgan. All rights reserved.

Adam Chase strip #50, originally published May 14 1967. For background on the strip and creator, refer to this post.

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT

First the short version — due to circumstances beyond our control, the second year of the Adam Chase comic strips, which complete the storyline and the run of the strip, is unavailable to run on Stripper’s Guide. Russ and I apologize that we are unable to bring you the conclusion of the strip. Russ will provide a synopsis of the second year’s storyline at the conclusion of this series, which ends with installment #52.

And here’s the long version. Before we began running Adam Chase on the Stripper’s Guide blog, Russ sent me the first year’s worth of strips to scan. He believed that the second year of the run was in his attic, in the form of black and white proofs. We decided to see how things went with the first year, see if people liked it, before troubling Russ with the job of playing archaeologist up in his attic. Recently Russ did go on an expedition into cobweb land to retrieve the second year. Unfortunately to his surprise and dismay he was able to find only a little more than half the proof sheets for year two, not nearly enough to keep running the series.

Russ is very unhappy that his archive turns out to be incomplete, and I’m saddened that we can’t bring you the rest of the series. That is, barring the miracle that someone out there has the tearsheets and is willing to lend them to us for scanning. I considered the possibility of pulling the missing episodes from microfilm, but then I realized that since they were run in color, the quality coming from microfilm will be really awful, if even legible, so that’s no solution.

I hope you will accept the apologies of Russ and I. Having gotten you interested in the story, we know this is a big disappointment. Please keep in mind that I am just as disappointed as you, and Russ even more so at the loss of his archive. I hope you’ll join me in letting Russ know that we really enjoyed year one of his delightful strip, Adam Chase.Your feedback in the comments would be much appreciated.

PS — On a side note, this leaves the Stripper’s Guide flat-footed as regards the future of Sci-Friday. I had expected to have another full year of material for it, and so have not until just now bothered to think of what we might run instead of Adam Chase.

I certainly don’t have a long run of any sci-fi oriented strips that come to mind, at least nothing that suits our needs here. We need a feature that is well and definitely out of copyright, or comes with permission from the copyright holder. Also, it has to be something that isn’t already readily available elsewhere on the web. Anyone have any ideas, or better yet ideas that include source material I can borrow to scan?

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  1. Wouldn't muddy-colored micro downloads, (blended in with Russ' b/w proofs) be better than nuffin' at all? You would still get the whole story.

  2. As a replacement for Adam Chase, how about Obscurity worthy early SF like Speed Spaulding, Don Dixon and the Hidden Empire or Rod Rian of the Sky Police? If none of them are worth the effort, how about one of the peculiar Bungle Family sci fi storylines?

  3. Cole — I don't have ready access to the Eugene Register-Guard microfilm, so it's an academic question whether it would be worthwhile.

    Andy — Those are all PERFECT ideas for continuing Sci-Friday. Unfortunately I do not have anywhere near complete runs of any of those strips to scan.

  4. I have most, if not all, of Don Dixon; lots in color.

    Garth from the UK??

    There were SF storylines in Abbie and Slats, Bungle Family and Scorchy Smith.

    There's short lived strips like Dash Dixon. Drift Marlo.

    So many choices!!

    Oh I know!! Speculation from Closer Than We Think!!!

    Art Lortie

  5. Hi Art —
    I really enjoy the campy fun of Closer Than We Think. But I sold most of mine and didn't think to scan them first. How dumb is that!

    As to Don Dixon, I would be VERY interested in running that if you can provide scans of a good long run. I suspect we might be able to find an occasional fill-in date if necessary. Please contact me privately if you really want to do this.

    Thanks, Allan

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Adam Chase (c) renewed 2013 by Russ Morgan. All rights reserved.

Adam Chase strip #49, originally published May 7 1967. For background on the strip and creator, refer to this post.

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