|Unfortunately, Gold Key's television adaptation
of Voyage was about as accurate and well written as their version
of Star Trek. That is to say, it was pretty bad. The first
several issues had poor interior art, in which singularly, the
Seaview suffered. The covers looked good, but once you opened
the book, ouch! The depiction of our favorite submarine improved
steadily from issues 2 through 6. Then the big problem became
the Flying Sub.
stories reflected the more far-out aspects of season one, with plenty of sea-monsters
and enemy plots, but little drama or decent writing. But the
writers never seemed to pick up on the fact that any characters beyond Nelson
and Crane existed, just nameless faces and lots of tubing, piping, computers
and other gear that often bore little if any relation to the submarine's
actual interior. Oddly enough, the one exception to this was
Chief Curly Jones. Though even he disappeared when the comic writers
finally figured out his character had left the show after season one due to
Henry Kulky's untimely death.
Of course, all that said, I was thrilled at the time to get
the books, and wouldn't sell 'em for a million dollars (well,
maybe a million).