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Back in the 1960s, I once read an old, second hand, comic book about relations between the Earth and the Moon. In some television messages from the Moon, the hero saw a beautiful Moon woman, while other messages from the moon involved a yellow-skinned man with antlers on his head named Pan-ku.

Pan-ku was correctly identified in the comic with a mythical Chinese first man or creation god. As a result some Chinese people turned to his side.

As the Moon began to attack the Earth, the hero traveled to the Moon in a rocket ship hoping to meet the beautiful Moon woman and - oh yes - maybe get around to saving the Earth from the devastating lunar attacks.

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This appears to be Rocket to the Moon, an adaptation of Maza of the Moon by Otis Adelbert Kline. I haven't read the comic version, but the plot you describe is an exact match to the novel. The Emperor of the Moon being named P'an-ku has got to be distinctive.

The novel was published in 1929 (magazine)/1930 (book). Wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maza_of_the_Moon#Comic_adaptation) says the comic adaptation was published in 1951, so it would have been old already in the 1960s.

The antlers are probably a comic-specific embellishment. In the book version, the TV image of P'an-ku shows him with

a tall pointed helmet of gleaming yellow metal, built up in tiers like a pagoda and ending in a sharp spike. His body was encased in scale-like armor of the same yellow metal

  • cometaryorbit - you're right. I was planning to answer this myself if nobody answered within a reasonable time. A few years ago I remembered this comic and investigated. For some reason I thought of Maza of the Moon, which I never read, and found a synopsis. Once I read about Pan-ku I knew the comic based on Maza was it. – M. A. Golding Jan 11 '18 at 6:38

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