No. 226 – The Pioneer

Prog 302’s (1983) one-off story The Pioneer written by Alan Hebden and drawn by Jesús Redondo [Román] v The Twilight Zone (CBS, 1959–1964) episode A Hundred Yards Over the Rim (season two, episode 23; aired 7 April, 1961)

“Pen-ee-cil-in?”

While for the most part identical, the stories mentioned above differ insofar as Christian Horn (played by Cliff Robertson, 1923–2011) in Over the Rim absently bequeaths to his benefactors an antique (in their time) rifle[1], whereas in the 2000 AD story Horn’s counterpart, Josiah Barnes, insists on paying for the penicillin he is given for his sick son with an 1847 silver dollar. Only 140,750 “Seated Liberty” silver dollars were struck at the Philadelphia Mint in 1847, and are valued today between £236 ($300) in a grade of Very Good-8, and upwards of £2,130 ($2,700) in uncirculated grades; proofs[2] are scarce and are worth £20,480 ($26,000) or more.

Famously created, narrated and largely written[3] by Rodman Edward Serling (1924–1975), the predominantly science-fiction and highly influential anthology television series was ranked in 2013 by the Writers Guild of America the third best-written TV series ever, and in 2016 by Rolling Stone No. 7 in its list of the 100 greatest shows of all time.

Notes:

  1. Although A Hundred Yards Over the Rim is initially set in 1847, the Springfield 45-70 Trapdoor Rifle Horn carries was first manufactured in 1884 – thank you, IMDb goofs
  2. The finest quality of coin produced by the United States Mint. The term “proof” refers to the coin’s finish: they are specially treated, hand-polished and cleaned to ensure high-quality strikes, and come with an official certificate of authenticity and are encased in a protective capsule
  3. Serling himself wrote or co-wrote 92 of the show’s 156 episodes

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