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You’re about to meet a

screenwriter, Age Sandy, I’ll be right


back. Hold my calls.
thirty-five. He’s a man
who’s spends most of his
life writing stories, but
never making time for
his own. this is a tale of
surreality run wild-- a
glimpse into the bizzare
world that exists just
beneath the surface of
our mundane existence.
observe, viewers-- for
tonight, this man is
going to find that the
greatest story of his
life is waiting just
outside his office door...

hmm, she must have


gone on her break...
What the--?

Get out of here,


Who’s Finchley?? Finchley. [fFp!] oW! Ow!

GET OUT Who is this??

OF HERE
FINCHLEY

Sandy, something ...huh?


really weird is
going on with the--

The first typewriter was actually produced in 1874 by American The Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer (E.N.I.A.C.) was the first
gunmakers E. Remington & Sons in Ilion, NY! It was initially concieved general-purpose electronic computer. It was built by the US military 1946
as a way of automatically numbering the pages of a book, when the to calculate artillery firing tables. It was not until the late 1960’s that the
idea was extended to include the entire alphabet. It functions by term “word processing” was coined by IBM. It vaguely referred to their
striking a small metal slab, set with a type character, against a piece of idea of writing and print text without the need of a typewriter. But it was
stationary with a strip of carbon paper in between. The original actually Micropro International in 1979 who sold the first commercially
prototype is currently locked away in the vault of the Smithsonian. successful word processing software program, called Wordstar.
Miss Tyler is undergoing a cosmetic This is a Let’s see if the operation
What the operation in order to correct her, mistake. I was successful...
Heck’s going I-- I’m so ahem, horrible disfigurement. think I got
on here?? scared... a bit lost
back there.
There was
this door...

Are you kidding?


she’s a knockout!
I’m sorry, Ms. Tyler. I’m How can you--
afraid you’re still... hideous.
[GASP]

You-- You’re all...


What is this place??? I’m getting
out of here!

EYAGH!

Beauty is in
the eye of
the beholder!

Somehow our plane You’re going


Also, there’s gremlins! to have to
has travelled back
in time-- to the
mesozoic era!!

Cosmetic surgery techniques were being carried out in India by as early A “gremlin” is a mythical creature from English folklore, commonly
as 2000 BC. In the first century BC., the Romans were also capable of associated with mechanical mischief, often in airplanes. The concept of
rudimentary reconstructive procedures, but were restrained by religious gremlins was popularized during WWII by Royal Air Force pilots to explain
and ethical doctrines. The invention of antibiotics and anesthesia both aircraft malfunctions. Author Roal Dahl, having been an RAF pilot, took
contributed immeasurably to the spread of elective surgery. The first interest in the myth and pursued it further, publishing a children’s novel
American plastic surgeon was Dr. John Peter Mettauer, who performed in 1943 called The Gremlins, in partnership with Walt Disney. Different
the first cleft palate correction operation in 1827. iterations of this legend have since appeared in comics, movies, and TV.
Wait.

<Curses! I fear the


human creature has
What have discovered our giant
we here? inflatable decoy!
Quick! Do something!>

<What should I <Blast him with


do, Commander?> the shrink-ray!>

If you figure it
This place is utterly ‘ello, None of us can even remember who we
out, be sure to Hello. Sir.
insane. Now where am I? laddie. hwryh. are, or how we got here. We’re just stuck
let us know.
here in this Room. I think it’s limbo.

How can you all just stand around and I think if we all stand on each other’s
accept this? well I don’t know about shoulders, and make a human ladder, we
you-- but I have a life to get back to! just might be able to reach the edge.

We’ve searched.
There must the only opening
be a way out. is that hole up
Maybe a there, but it’s
hidden door? at least thirty
feet high.

The Mesozoic Era is a geological timeperiod occurring between 248 and 65 FIVE FUN FACTS ABOUT FIVE CHARACTERS IN SEARCH OF AN EXIT:
million years in Earth’s History. It is divided up into the Triassic, Jurassic, · If a clown joins Clowns Internation in England, he may register his individual makeup.
and Cretaceous Periods, the latter of which ended with the extinction of the · Ballet emerged in Italy in the late 1400’s as a dance interpretation of fencing.
dinosaurs. Most famous of the dinosaurs is the Tyrannosaurus Rex. · A Private First Class in the US Army will make roughly $16,794 in his first year enlisted.
Standing at 43 feet tall and weighing up to 7.5 tons, this ferocious carnivore · In Celtic tradition, a “true” Scotsman never wears anything under his kilt.
is thought to have been both a fierce hunter and a cunning scavenger. · 2/3 of the population drinks alcohol. 10% of drinkers drink half of all alcohol consumed.
Hey.
Almost...
There... Hey. Oh, uh...
Hello!
Unh!

I’m sorry to bother you, but I ’m not a Giant. M’ name’s Grady.


seem to be a little lost. Do you Ya never hearda me? I’m a boxer.
know the way out, Mr... Giant?

Used to be
a Boxer.

Used to be a boxer. I wished to


be a big man, now I’m too big for
the room. it’s a whole thing.

Anyway, there’s How’s that wish thing What


a door right working out for you? Oh, thank goodness you’re here! I’m serving a life
now?
next’a my leg. sentence-- and I’m immortal! It’s silly, I know, I
made this deal with the devil... It’s a whole thing.
Shut up. Bottom line-- you gotta let me out, man!

Oh, yeah,
I see it.
Thanks a
lot.

No no no, man, you can’t


open THAT door-- That’s Who?
where they trapped him! Hey there.
YAAAGH!
The Devil.

Fist-fighting has been around since the dawn of man. As a non-lethal sport, The Devil is a title given to a supernatural being who represents the source of Evil
boxing (or “pugilism”) has its roots in the ancient Greek Olympics-- in fact, in many religious traditions. In Christian, Jewish, Islamic, and Zoastrian tradition
an account of a fist-fighting match appears in Homer’s Iliad. There are four he may be given the names Abbadon, Angra Mainyu, Satan, Asmodai, Beelzebub,
basic punches: the jab, the cross, the hook, and the uppercut. There are Lucifer, Belial, and Iblis. In Buddhism, he is called Mara. In Egyptian culture the
seven maneuvers a boxer can use to evade or block punches: slipping, god of the underworldd is Set; in Greek and Roman culture had Hades and Pluto,
bobbing, blocking, cover-up, clinching, footwork, and pulling away. respectively. In comic book literature, DC has Neron and Marvel has Mephisto.
My name is
Come play with us! Talky Tina.
Okay. Okay. I can do this. I’ll We’re Lonely! And I’m
Just open the door, And deal
going to
with whatever’s inside.
kill you.

Finally! This
seems fairly
When I get back non-threatening.
Brainsss...? I’m going to need
No thanks.
serious therapy.

Excuse me, Can I Oh, you have no idea. I think I took a


Aliens, No aliens
trouble you for a wrong turn at Albaquerque, heh. First
Eh? here, no sir.
glass of water? my computer went nuts, then there were
these mutants, and this giant fella, and
a clown, and then zombies, and aliens...
Of
course,
sir.

You lost, friend?

Oh, don’t mind him. Martians can be so To Serve Man!


theatrical. Not like us Venusians. It’s a cookbook!
a COOKBOOK!

[GULP]

YAHH!

Humans have long been captivated by the prospect of extraterrestrial life in The modern American diner may be a descendant of the “lunch wagon”,
the universe. Though presently there is no proof, it is speculated that both created by Walter Scott in 1872. Scott sold home-made sandwiches to his
Venus and Mars could have once posessed the essential elements of life: co-workers in Providence, RI. This idea evolved so successfully that an
primarily oxygen, hydrogen, and carbon. The first UFO sighting was actually American businessman, Jerry Mahoney, opened over 2,000 diners between
described in the Bible by the prophet Ezekiel. Polls have shown that 4 1917 and 1952. They were quick to build and easy to maintain due to the
million Americans believe they have been abducted by aliens. Statistically, a use of pre-assembled constructs and equipment. Despite their success, by
UFO sighting occurs somewhere on our planet every 3 minutes. the 1970’s most diners were being replaced by fast food chains, but many
establishments still thrive in NJ, NY, PA, DE, and New England.
T-that was a ...a real good thing.
real good thing
you did, Anthony.

Who’s this Now now, A-Anthony. I’m --need


doofus? Dad, sure he didn’t mean it. N-no I wish you into Wait, I-i
directions.
need to do anything rash...
he’s ruining the CORNFIELD! Just--
my party!

There you are,


Mr. Serling. You A man, just like any other
were gone awhile, man, until he came face to
I was ready to face with his own destiny.
I don’t know. It was The story of a lifetime,
come and check
on you. Where
like… I was in another that would go on to inspire
did you go?? dimension, beyond a television series. A story
anything known to man. which could only happen... in
It was a dimension not the Twilight Zone.
only of sight and
sound but of mind, as
vast as space and as
timeless as infinity. A
middle ground between
light and shadow,
between science and
superstition, a journey
into a wondrous land
whose boundaries are
that of imagination.
It was like...
A Twilight Zone.

THE
END

Rod Serling was born in Syracuse, NY on Christmas of 1924. He grew up in Binghamton, and attended Antioch College in Ohio. In 1943, he served as a paratrooper
in the US Army. His service ended in 1945 with a serious injury for which he recieved a Purple Heart medal. During the war he watched his best friend get crushed by
a supply crate, which deeply affected his psyche, and impacted much of his writing. He was also highly influenced by his idol, radio playwright Norman Corwin. In
1959, his screenwriting led to the creation of the hugely successful Twilight Zone series. Serling wanted to created use science fiction to tell stories with strong, yet
veiled social messages. By using the sci-fi format, he was also able to sidestep many censorship issues that he faced with his earlier ventures. The Twlight Zone was
on the air for 5 seasons, was cancelled and revived twice before finally ending in 1964, at which point he sold the rights to CBS. Serling died of a heart attack in 1975.

This comic includes excerpts and elements from these Twilight Zone Episodes: “A Thing About Machines”, “Eye of the Beholder”, “The Odyssey of Flight 33”, “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet”, “The Fear”, “Five Characters in Search of an Exit”, “Last Night of A
Jockey”, “Escape Clause”, “The Howling Man”, “The Lonely”, “The Lateness of the Hour”, “The Living Doll”, “Mr. Garrity and the Graves”, “Will the Real Martian Please Stand Up?”, “To Serve Man”, and “It’s a Good Life”. Thanks for reading.

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