Thursday Story Strip Day.
As far as space explorers strips go Tom Cooke's Drift Marlo was a bit of a Johnny Come Lately. The big wave of this sort of strips had been the mid fifties, when the real space program was still a gleam in the eye of Senator John Kennedy. Tom Cooke was a real journey man artist, who ghosted strips from the late forties. His biggest claim to fame had been an uncredited run on the GeneAutry comic strip (which I should show some day, if only for the work of Hy Rosen) and some time in the late fifties as the man behind Mary Worth. In the same period he also drew some work for Stan Lee's badly paying Atlas outfit, which he got to sign. His style tells me he may later have ghosted Mary Perkins or Terry and the Pirates, but I am not sure. Drift Marlo ran for a couple of years and even had his own comic book version from Dell (where I am sure Tom Cooke did more incidental work).