The thought struck me, has anyone ever done a comics adaptation of the Lensmen trilogy? There's the American manga series from the 80's based on the Anime movie. But that had very little in common with the Lensmen books. The reason I was wondering this was, from reading the plot description on wikipedia, the novels sound fascinating. I'd heard it was very influential, the comparison you always hear is that it's the basis for the Green Lantern. But it also sounds like it's the basis for Star Wars and Star Trek. Between Lensmen and Skylark of Space (the template for Flash Gordon) it seems like E.E. Doc Smith is single-handedly responsible for the entire genre of space opera.
I know Lensmen was an influence on Kirby. You see it in those Sun Collider super starships in the techno-cosmic war segment of New Gods #7.
I tried reading the first novel, Triplanetary, but found its prose style very off-putting. Not that it was particularly bad, but it was very much of its era, which can be good, but in this case it made it difficult for me to get very far into the book. It would be the perfect book to adapt to the comics form, if only so I could finally read it. It's got all these great visual concepts, and it would probably be an eye-opener for people who are unfamiliar with just how many new trails were blazed by this one writer.