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Twin Earths is an American science fiction comic strip written by Oskar Lebeck and drawn by Alden McWilliams that ran in Sunday and daily newspapers from 1952 until 1963. The strip was distributed by United Feature Syndicate. The daily strip began on June 16, 1952, the Sunday on March 1, 1953. The Sunday was drawn in a half page format, but it was available in smaller formats with dropped panels.

The story told of another Earth, in the same orbit as our planet but on the opposite side of the sun, whose scientifically advanced civilization visits us in flying saucers. Comics historian Stephen Donnelly noted:
The main characters of the daily strip, which began June 16, 1952, were Vana, a Terran spy living on Earth to keep tabs on our technology so the Terrans could be sure we and our war-like ways didn’t pose a menace to them; and Garry Verth, an FBI agent to whom Vana revealed herself in the opening sequence. The first few months of story continuity involved a few exciting moments with Commie spies (out to get their hands on Terra’s technology, of course), but mostly consisted of travelog-like views of Terran life—for example, the fact that in their liberated society, women, who constituted 92% of the population, ran things. The Sunday version began March 1 of the following year. Instead of tying in directly with the daily, or delivering a second track of story involving the same characters, this series explored a completely separate aspect of the “twin earths” scenario. It started with a young Texan named Punch sneaking aboard a Terran saucer just before it took off for home. After about three months, he was joined by Prince Torro, one of the relatively few Terran males, and the two boys continued as stars for the duration of the Sunday Twin Earths.

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While semi-retired, Lebeck teamed with McWilliams (who had illustrated some of Lebeck’s past books and had done work for him at Dell Comics) to launch Twin Earths. It made use of the duplicate earth concept and tapped into the growing interest during the period in flying saucers. In 1957, Lebeck retired and McWilliams assumed scripting duties for the strip.

The Twin Earths Sunday strip ended December 28, 1958, while the daily strip continued until May 25, 1963.

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UPDATE 09-12-2016

86 pages/strips Twin Earths 01

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85 pages/strips Twin Earths 02

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85 pages/strips Twin Earths 03

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UPDATE 07-05-2016

10 stories

D34 – Space Ship Columbus
D38 – The Poison Bomb Experiment
D39 – Alien Spy
D40 – The City of Tule
D41 – The City of Oceana
D42 – Marooned in Space
D43 – Homecoming
D44 – Moon Shot
D49 – Blackmail
D50 – The Reluctant Bride

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7 stories

D51 – Billion Dollar Empire
D52 – The Most Beautiful Girl on Terra
D53 – Island of Abuc
D54 – Kidnapped
D55 – Mars Needs Men
D56 – The Telvifone Thief
D57 – Back in Time

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8 stories

D01 – Spy From Another Earth
D02 – Agents of Terra
D03 – Space Station From Terra
D04 – Marco Polo of Space
D05 – Prisoners of the Secret Police
D06 – Aquarius
D07 – Invasion of the Space Pygmies
D08 – Twin Earths Solidarity

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9 stories

D09 – The Syndicate
D10 – The Mysterious Missiles
D11 – Marooned In Space
D12 – Invisible Visitor From Space
D13 – Stolen Rocket Plans
D14 – Moonlet Station
D15 – Omnimach
D16 – Prehistoric Planet
D17 – A Glimpse of the Future

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11 stories

D19 – The World of Tomorrow
D20 – Shanghaied
D21 – Raiders
D22 – Nemesis
D23 – Mystery Sphere
D24 – Terranian Doubles
D25 – The Outer Orbit Project
D26 – Junior Satellite Project
D27 – Mysterious Moon Domes
D28 – The Secret of the Moon Colony
D29 – The Great Brain Robberies

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10 stories

D30 – The Venusian Vest
D31 – Agents From Venus
D32 – Intrigue on Venus
D33 – Stolen Submarine Plans
D35 – Terra Invaded
D36 – Terranian Island Stronghold
D37 – Cristal’s Castle
D45 – Return to Terra
D46 – Black Market Operation
D47 – Mission to Mars

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11 stories

D48 – The Lost Space Ship
S00 – Presentation Sundays
S01 – The Hitchhiker
S02 – A Prince of Terra
S03 – Lost on the Earthmoon
S04 – The Ghost Rocket
S05 – The Forgotten Islands of Terra
S06 – Space Pygmies!
S07 – The Abandoned Cruise Ship
S08 – Island Refuge
S09 – Lost in Space

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9 stories

S10 – Colossus
S11 – The Moon of Colossus
S12 – In Earth’s Past
S13 – Pirates of Miami
S14 – The Tyrant of Terra
S15 – The Space Colonizer
S16 – The Moon Colony
S17 – Visit to Earth
S18 – The Kingdom of the Aquariats

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8 responses »

  1. dottedsun says:

    A treasure! Your blog is a treasure!
    Thanks for the digging!!

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  2. gianfranco sherwood says:

    Great, thanks. Here is the rest of this interesting strip https://ilovecomixarchive.app.box.com/v/Archive/1/6469725629

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    • boutje777 says:

      Thanks, i will place these also with the next update, first i have some others next week and after that a little update for some titles.

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  3. Rudy says:

    Thanks a lot for Twin Earths. I’ve been looking for this for a long time.

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  4. Hi Boutje 777, seems D18 – “The Strange Case of ‘Birdy’ Murphy” (9-3-56 to 10-29-56) is missing here. Any chance of recovering?

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