I would like to warn any delicate ladies, people with heart conditions, expectant mothers, and timid newspaper reporters that this week’s adventure is fat-packed with scenes of unbelievable peril! If you are of a gentle constitution this would be a good time to avail yourself of the exit!
On the days when Space Cabby does like his job, what does he like about it the most? It’s the chance to meet interesting people, some of whom aren’t even crooks!
Professor Anton doesn’t want to say what it is until he’s sure it works — which he says he should know by the end of this cab ride. Whaaaa?
All this chit-chat has distracted Space Cabby, however, and they run smack into a meteor swarm! It takes all of our hero’s skill to pilot past the crushing rocks, but tragedy strikes when a tiny meteor penetrates the cab’s fuel tank, causing “atomic gas” to leak out. “And the nearest space gas station is a million miles away!”
SC asks the Professor if his gizmo can help in any way, but the Professor shakes his head. He assures Space Cabby that things aren’t as bad as they seem, though.
Space Cabby brushes this remark aside and dons his space-suit. Oh sure, he could simply radio for help, but isn’t it easier to just:
Yes, Space Cabby ropes a meteor that just happens to tow him in the direction of a service station satellite! Professor Anton is delighted that Space Cabby found a solution, and our charming hero replies, “No thanks to that invention of yours!”
No sooner are they back on their way when
Once again the Professor reveals that his invention can’t help out, and Space Cabby is stumped. How will he be able to find his way in the inky black void of space? But you know it only take a few minutes for that Space Cabby brain to spit out an idea, and sure enough, he gets one!
He lands on an asteroid and manages to find a chunk of rock that’s actually a “natural lodestone”, which he mounts on his cab like a compass needle. How will this work? He has a diagram!
Pack up your Trapper Keeper, son, because Space Cabby just sent you to SCHOOL.
Space Cabby follows the needle towards Earth and continues his lively banter with the Professor:
Whoops! No time to be condescending to your passenger now, Space Cabby, there’s trouble again! A cosmic aurora — which seems to be a huge sheet of fire — is straight ahead and there’s no time to stop! Once again, the Professor denies that his invention will help, and it seems like they’re headed for certain doom! Is this the end of Space Cabby?
With moments to spare, SC gets an idea! He removes a rubber patch from the hull of the cab (which was sealing up yet another meteor hole) and sprays his emergency water supply outside his cab. The coldness of space instantly freezes the water into a protective coating of ice just as they enter the aurora!
Whew! They make it through! Space Cabby breathes a sigh of relief, unlike his passenger, who was never alarmed the entire time. SC asks the Professor how he can remain so cool and the inventor replies that they were never in any danger at all!
You see, his invention is a Futuroscope, which allows one to see events in the future! He had it beamed at Space Cabby all along!
Sure enough, when Space Cabby looks out the window, they’re still on Neptune! They never even left! So now, Professor Anton, says, they can go ahead and make the trip and if that stuff happens, he’ll know if his Futuroscope works!
Space Cabby tells him he knows it doesn’t work. “How is that?” the Professor asks, at which point the angry cabby slugs him one across his mouth. “Because you didn’t see that coming!”
That’s not really how it ends, but honestly, that’s how it should.
Next week: Secret of the Cabby’s Medallion!
“Dangerous Journey to Earth!”
Mystery in Space #34 (October-November 1956)
Writer: Otto Binder
Penciler: Gil Kane
Inker: Joe Giella
Editor: Julius Schwartz
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