Then, in 1965 Harvey decided to finally publish those brief stories, along with some other material they had on hand as BLAST OFF #1. Although Harvey had moved into the very young children's market with titles like RICHIE RICH, CASPER THE FRIENDLY GHOST, WENDY THE WITCH, LITTLE DOT, etc., they had once published all sorts of comics, including adventure stories. So this was likely a move to test the waters and see if they could generate some income with that kind of project once again.
However, sales must not have been very good, despite the fact that all of the art in this issue is about as good as it gets. The Jack Kirby stories were inked by the ultra-talented Al Williamson. And there are backup stories in the book completely illustrated by Williamson. So as an art-lover's book, it's a true gem of a comic.
|My copy of BLAST OFF #1!|
|The combination of Jack Kirby and Al Williamson produced some stunning work!|
|What came first? These images, or Rock 'Em Sock 'Em Robots?|
|Kirby creatures and technology as inked by Williamson! What joy!|
|And all published by Harvey Comics! What's not to love?|