Exclusive Preview: The Atomic Knights

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One of the great unsung comics of the JFK era is John Broome and Murphy Anderson’s “Atomic Knights,” a sequence that appeared in roughly every third issue of DC’s Strange Adventures from 1960 to 1963. The series takes place after the devastating atomic war of 1986 (remember that?), and it’s as hopeful a post-apocalyptic story as anyone’s ever created: beyond its giant mutated Dalmatians and threat-of-the-month plots, it’s about people figuring out how to rebuild the world, and succeeding bit by bit. The whole sequence is collected in the Atomic Knights hardcover that comes out this Wednesday; here’s a sample of the first story, which had been out of print since 1976.

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