"There is a fifth dimension beyond that which is known to man. It is a dimension as vast as space and timeless as infinity. It is the middle ground between light and shadow, between science and superstition, and it lies between the pit of man's fears and the summit of his knowledge. This is the dimension of imagination. It is an area we call the Twilight Zone.”
- Rod Serling, 10/2/1959
In this bonus installment we’ll travel back to the month of October 1959, a month when the Russians aimed for the moon, “Pillow Talk” hit the big screen and a classic TV series began, while on the spinner racks, Kid Flash debuted, Green Arrow and Aquaman exchanged turfs and the Legion of Super-Heroes made their second appearance!
News of the Month:
4th - Soviet Luna 3 sends back 1st photos of Moon's dark side
5th - The IBM 1401 computer and data processing system was introduced, providing the first fully transistorized computer intended for business use. The three piece system, which could be rented for $2,500 a month, had a memory ranging from 1.4 KB to 16K.
7th - Mario Lanza, opera singer, dies at 38 of a heart attack
8th - The Los Angeles Dodgers beat the Chicago White Sox 9–3 to win the 1959 World Series in the sixth game.
14th - Errol Flynn, actor, dies of a heart attack at age 50
16th - George Marshall, US army general, dies at 78
19th - The Miracle Worker, starring Anne Bancroft as Annie Sullivan and Patty Duke as Helen Keller, opens on Broadway
21st - The Guggenheim Museum opens in New York
29th - The character of Astérix the Gaul makes his debut, appearing in the first regular issue of the comic magazine Pilote.
31st - Soviet Union & Egypt sign contracts for building Aswan Dam
Newsreel of the Month: Luna 3 (October 4, 1959)
Magazine Cover of the Month : Nikita Khrushchev (Life Magazine, October 5, 1959)
Music of the Month:
UK Top Singles:
1. Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
2. Here Comes Summer - Jerry Keller
3. ('Til) I Kissed You - Everly Brothers
4. Only Sixteen - Craig Douglas
5. Living Doll - Cliff Richard
US Top Singles:
1. Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
2. Put Your Head On My Shoulder - Paul Anka
3. Mr Blue - Fleetwoods
4. Teen Beat - Sandy Nelson
5. Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
Movie of the Month: “Pillow Talk” starring Rock Hudson, Doris Day and Tony Randall (premiered October 6, 1959)
TV Clip of the Month: A prospective astronaut endures an experiment in isolation in “Where Is Everybody?”, the first episode of The Twilight Zone (First aired October 2, 1959)
Sports Moment of the Month: In the first World Series played on the West Coast, the LA Dodgers defeat the Chicago White Sox in Game 6 by a score of 9-3 (October 8, 1959)
Top 10 DC Comics of the Month (as selected by Osgood Peabody, listed in order of their publication):
All-Star Western #110: Johnny Thunder battles through sleep deprivation in “The Gunpowder Kid”, Dan Foley uses carrier pigeons to get out of a tight jam in “Wings Over the Frontier”, while Walt Trigger of the Trigger Twins misses a steak dinner to face a “Banquet of Bullets”! (Cover by Gil Kane & Joe Giella)
Jimmy Olsen #41: Our favorite cub reporter eats an alien fruit and becomes “The Human Octopus”, replaces himself with “The Robot Reporter”, and becomes a swashbuckler in “Jimmy Olsen, the Boy Swordsman”! (Cover by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye)
The Flash #110: The Fastest Man Alive faces a deadly new foe in “The Challenge of the Weather Wizard”, plus Wally West finds himself transformed in “Meet Kid Flash”! (Cover by Carmine Infantino & Joe Giella)
Mystery In Space #56: Adam Strange battles a strange energy being in “Menace of the Super-Atom”, plus find out how sergeant Carr Malcolm fights off alien invaders with condensed water in “Raiders of the Waterless World”, and things get wacky when a robot chef gets sent to a remote asteroid in “Super-Cook of Space”! (Cover by Gil Kane & Bernard Sachs)
World’s Finest Comics #106: Your Two Favorite Heroes tackle “The Duplicate Man”, plus Tommy Tomorrow must protect an alien inventor in “The Planeteer Bodyguards” and Green Arrow & Speedy duel an inflatable new villain in “The Crimes of the Pneumatic Man”! (Cover by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye)
Sugar & Spike #26: Your Two Favorite Tykes have trouble with the yak-yak box in “The Out-Cast” then puzzle over the phenomenon of multiple Santas in “The Mystery of the Man inna Funny Red Suit”! (Cover by Sheldon Mayer)
Brave & the Bold #27: The mysterious “Formula X” seeps out of a lab and causes havoc to the surrounding environment, and it’s up to Rick Flag and the Suicide Squad to get to the bottom of “The Creature of Ghost Lake”! (Cover by Ross Andru & Mike Esposito)
Strange Adventures #111: When the entire population of Earth mysteriously vanishes it’s up to pilot Bill Rawson to save them in “Secret of the Last Earth-Man”, plus travel to the future to get a glimpse of the world “100 Years from Today!” (Cover by Gil Kane & Bernard Sachs)
Action Comics #259: The Man of Steel is faced with a deadly dilemma in “The Revenge of Luthor” then Congorilla becomes part of “The One-Ape Circus” and Supergirl becomes “The Cave-Girl of Steel”! (Cover by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye)
Adventure Comics #267: The Legion of Super-Heroes make their second appearance in “Prisoner of The Super-Heroes”, then Green Arrow and Aquaman switch turfs in “The Manhunt on Land” and “The Underwater Archers”! (Cover by Curt Swan & Stan Kaye)
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