Publication Dates: September 1958 – October 1959
Number of Issues Published: 6 (#1 – #6)
Dimensions: Standard Silver Age U. S.
Paper Stock: Glossy cover; Newsprint interior
Publishing Format: was ongoing series
Publication Type: magazine
Information thanks to the Grand Comics Database
Cosmo the Merry Martian was a comic book published by Archie Comics in the late 1950s. The comic was created by Bob White as a way to provide a family-appropriate comic for children with an interest in the then-current space race. The title character was the first Martian to visit the Earth. The title only lasted for six issues. Every issue, including the last one, had a cliffhanger ending.
Besides the title character, other characters are Orbi (Cosmo’s astronaut companion), Professor Thimk (the scientist who invented the Martian spaceship, but was not on it when it took off from Mars), and Astra (Cosmo’s girlfriend). In the first issue, while they are traveling toward their intended destination of Earth, a meteor damages their spaceship, and they crash land on Earth’s moon. The moon turns out to be inhabited by beings named Oogs, who live underground.