A reimagining of the Golden Age classic comics cover PLANET COMICS #41 by artist John Hebert.
A property of Fiction House, the original atomic age, science fiction adventure book was published in 1946, with pencils and inks by Joe Doolin. The chilling cover art of the hero Mysta strapped to a table at the mercy of the villainous Medusa is not directly related to the story inside, but shares some thematic traits.
Planet Comics volume one ran from 1940 to 1953, featuring an adventurous mix of science fiction stories taking place in other worlds, and across time and space. It inspired the imaginations of readers seeking to escape reality in favor of chasing opportunities to discover new worlds, battle horrible foes and save damsels in distress.
An early adopter of “good girl art,” Planet Comics’ covers often featured a beautiful woman with long bare legs being menaced by a frightful alien, monster or villain. On occasion, artists would reverse the formula and have the beautiful woman in the role of hero, racing to the aid of a male captive.
"I’m terrified of snakes. G. Gordon Liddy was afraid of rats so he ate one! I knew I had to recreate this cover. I wanted to give the robot more action and life. I thought the original looked a little too stiff. The girl on the table was a personal challenge because I had only done one other like it in my career. Now I know it wasn’t a fluke.” - John Hebert
John Hebert, born in New York State in 1965 is a Marvel alumni whose earliest canvas was the walls of his family home. At age four, he sketched his vision for how TV’s Batman and Robin (Adam West and Burt Ward) would escape from The Penguin (Burgess Meredith). At the insistence of his mother, John’s media transitioned to pencil and paper where his talents accelerated, accepting a job to draw his first comic book just 2 days before his graduation from art school.. John’s most recognized work includes the Punisher: War Zone, X-Men Adventures, Deathlok, Captain America, Spider-Man, Sable and Jonny Quest.