CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (1958) (#1-87) (DC) #51 - Descriptive Bibliography

Plot Synopsis: Challengers of the Unknown (1958) #51
Guest-starring the Sea Devils. "Smash the Sponge-Man or Die" is written by Bill Finger and drawn by Bob Brown. What is the measure of a man? In the world of comic books, any number of things can happen to someone to alter their physical form. Strange forces have turned men into pillars of living flame, piles of talking rocks and even mounds of malleable clay. But Miklos the sponge-diver underwent the most dramatic change of all. An alien infection turned him into a living sponge with the ability to absorb all manner of matter and energy, growing in size as he does. When the U.S. military attempts to build an undersea fortress, hundreds of marine lifeforms are accidently killed by the construction efforts. Even more tragic is the Sponge-Man's reaction to the death of his underwater friends. He reacts with deadly anger, threatening lives and national security.

When the Sea Devils can't stop the Sponge-Man's rampage, the Challengers are called in. Their prior experience with the Sponge-Man qualifies them to advise the military on how to proceed. As the two groups confer on how best to deal with the incredible threat, the secret terrorist group known as Scorpio conspires on how to capitalize on the chaos. The Sea Devils send in Neptimus, their massive golden robot, to combat the gigantic Sponge-Man in true Ray Harryhausen style. When the robot fails, the Challengers succeed in talking the fantastic menace into giving himself up. However, as tensions erupt between the Challs and the Sea Devils, Scorpio manages to stir p the Sponge-Man's anger once more using a seductive female spy. As the Sponge-Man launches his final assault, the man beneath the monster emerges and Miklos once more proves that, no matter how altered, he is still a hero.

GCD Data

Title: Smash the Sponge Man...or Die

Featuring: Challengers of the Unknown

Credits: Bill Finger (Script), Bob Brown (Pencils), Bob Brown (Inks).

Comic Creator Database

Publisher: DC ComicsTitle: CHALLENGERS OF THE UNKNOWN (1958) (#1-87) (DC)
IssueFairGoodVery GoodFineVery FineNear Mint
51 24.00 48.00 88.00 135.00 (225.00) (300.00)


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