Steve Elonka began chronicling the exploits of Marmaduke Surfaceblow—a fictional six-foot-four marine engineer with a steel brush mustache and a foghorn voice—in POWER in 1948, when he raised the wooden mast of the SS Asia Sun with the help of two cobras and a case of Sandpaper Gin. Surfaceblow’s simple solutions to seemingly intractable plant problems remain timeless. This anthology, first published in 1979, highlights many of Marmaduke’s exploits that occurred during his early years (pre-WW I) through the 1960s.
Surfaceblow’s knowledge comes from hands-on experience operating steam power plants and all manner of machinery. Later in the series a son, Guy Newcomen Surfaceblow, was introduced. He is a university-trained engineer who also has field experience that gives him credibility when working with hard-boiled characters in the boonies. The character’s name was coined from Marmaduke, a Scottish name, and Surfaceblow, which is the action of removing impurities from a steam boiler.
Here, you will find all of Surfaceblow’s adventures consolidated into a single volume. Many of the stories were inspired by actual events.
Available in a PDF format. 321 pages.