Sunday, July 22, 2018

Captain's Library ADVENTURES IN PARADISE "Circle of Fire" Part 1

Here's a surreal story from a TV series that could put the "shark" in Shark Week...
...if Shark Week had begun in the late 1950s-early 1960s!
To be continued...TOMORROW!
This was psychedelic before there was psychedelic!
This never-reprinted tale from Dell's Four Color #1301 (1962), illustrated by Jack Sparling, was the only comic story about the series ever produced.
Considering the extreme verbosity of the script, I wonder if this was a script for a TV episode that was simply too expensive to produce, so the producers turned it over to the comic publishers and recommended it be adapted.
It references backstory about the ongoing characters (shark-related incidents in their pasts) that licensed material like comics and paperback novels couldn't create independently, lest they contradict possible future stories on the show itself!
Adventures in Paradise was a syndicated series airing first-run from 1959 to 1962, rerunning until the mid-1990s, when it apparently disappeared from American airwaves.
Created by James A Michner, though it appears he didn't script any episodes.
Adam Troy (Gardner McKay) was an American Korean War veteran who stayed in the Pacific after the war.
As captain of the schooner "Tiki III", Troy drifted from adventure to adventure while carrying passengers and cargo anywhere from Hong Kong to Pitcairn Island.
Such semi-anthology series were very popular back "in the day", especially if it involved exotic locales.
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