Monday, October 22, 2018

The Enemy at the Outpost

The enemy!

Report by radio.

Report by phone.

Just a few at first.

But now there are dozens, hundreds, too many to engage.

Don't fire unless you are attacked, just let them pass by!

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Outpost Duty

Five men, one machine gun.

Two backpack radios, and a field phone.

That's a lot of heavy gear to carry.

Just the ammo weighs a lot, and takes two men.

Waiting for the enemy.

Then use the communications to report their presence.  Don't fire if you don't have to; that usually means that HQ expects there to be a lot of the enemy!

Saturday, October 20, 2018


An outpost.

Set up a machine gun and wait.

Set up two radios and a field phone and watch.

Don't fire unless you are attacked.

Be invisible.

Be quiet.

Friday, October 19, 2018


The levithan's fight!

Dimetron wins!

As two monstrosities devour one another a new plague arises!

Locusts, the same plague that hit just outside Chicago.

Fire the bazooka.

Fire the machine guns.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Another Surprise

The men are stunned, a pre-historic Dimetrodon!

Then, just as the shock begins to wear off...

A giant lizard appears on the other side of the trail!

To two monsters seem to be interested in each other, and not interested in the puny humans.

The two behemoths close.

The wait for an opening.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018


The dog and the US Army Astro Ranger are on alert for the strange movement in the forest.

Keep the bazooka ready.

Move forward.

Get ready for anything.

It's a dimetrodon!  An ancient carnivore.

Just what they were looking to find.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

It Comes from the Forest

The Doctor sees it too!

The dogs are on alert as well.

Something large is moving in the trees!

It's HUGE!

That sail?

Could it be?

Monday, October 15, 2018

Down the Trail.

The Navy and Air Force are thinking about adopting a similar program, but for now are training with the Army Astro Rangers.

Dr. Handrickson thinks they should not venture too far from the trail, but find a likely spot to stand and wait for any unknown or rare animals to cross the open space.  In the jungle you can be three feet from a jaguar and not see him.

The men brought a few dogs with them.  Their keen hearing and sense of smell may pay off where the men's vision is limited by the vegetation.

The gold uniform of the US Army Astro Ranger.  Not good camouflage in the forest, but there are no forests in space, that we know of!

Something is looking out of the trees.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Astro Rangers in the Jungle

A team of US Army Astro Rangers, US Navy Sailors, and regular GI's a few civilians and Dr. Karl Handrickson are exploring the jungle of Panama.

Dr. Handrickson brought his granddaughter, Gretchen, with him, she lives in the Canal Zone.

Reports have come in of strange wildlife and ranchers finding the remains of cattle.

Dr. Handrickson is one of the most renowned scientists in the world.  He oversees much of the US Army Astro Ranger program.  The troops train in Panama to help them adapt to strange environments.

Soon men will walk on Mars, and they will face unknown dangers.  They brought one of the new Astro Bazookas, lighter weight, but a larger rocket than the standard bazooka.

This trip is part of the field test, and also a bit of exploration.