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'''''Mighty Samson''''' was an American ComicBook series about a SuperHero living in a [[AfterTheEnd post-apocalyptic Earth]]. Created in 1964 by Otto Binder (best known for having written ''[[{{Shazam}} Captain Marvel]]'') and Frank Thorne (artist for ''Comicbook/RedSonja'') the series was published by Gold Key comics in staggered runs until 1982.

The series takes place in a ruined future full of mutants (apparently [[ILoveNuclearPower caused by nuclear war]]) specifically in the city of "Nayark" (obviously UsefulNotes/NewYorkCity). Most humans have reverted to barbarism. Samson himself is a mutant, but a handsome, superstrong one (though he lost an eye in an early battle.) Raised in a special shelter, Samson is better educated than most of the surviving humans, and he soon meets a scientist named Mindor and his daughter, Sharmaine, who becomes his love interest. There were no other regular characters; in fact any character who they met [[CrapsackWorld inevitably died by the end of that story]]. The only exception was an occasional villainess (who for [[FetishFuel some reason]] wore a supervillainesque catsuit) who led a faction equipped with advanced technology that wanted to rule the ruined world rather than help the heroes restore it.

Each story always involved [[MonsterOfTheWeek some new mutant menace]] that had to be defeated by Samson's strength or Mindor's science. In general the ambiance of the series was a dark one; despite the heroes' effort [[SnapBack things never seemed to improve]]. Add all the deaths and it was rather somber for a superhero series.

The covers however, were very good. They were fully painted, and usually depicted Samson struggling against some bizarre mutant monster- [[CoversAlwaysLie though not always the same one featured inside]].

!!Tropes seen in this series:
* EyepatchOfPower: Samson's.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter: Sharmaine.
* MsFanservice: Sharmaine dressed in the typical a-go-go fashions of the time the comic was published... wonder where she found those clothes in a postapocalyptic future?
* PrettyInMink: Samson wore the fur of the monster that blinded him in one eye, including a fur cape.
* ShoutOut: To the [[Literature/TheBible Biblical]] Samson (and possibly to Hercules).
** Despite similarities to DCComics' {{Kamandi}}, this series came first.
** This Samson was said to have inspired the Samson in ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman''.
* TimeTravel: One story had a TimeMachine accidentally send Samson to the present where, far from having a chance to prevent the war, he ended up being chased by the police around New York.
* {{Uncanceled}}: The series was canceled in 1969, then restarted (with a new creative team, but the same issue numbering) in 1972.
* WeaksauceWeakness: One particular menace, a swarm of caterpillars that could eat anything, were defeated by... seawater, which dissolved them on contact.
* WhatMeasureIsANonHuman: Some of the mutant monsters they encountered were actually sentient, but they still had to be killed (or were killed by accident.)

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