Friday, July 13, 2018

Men in Space (1970)



Edelman, Jeffrey. Illustrated by Evans, Christopher. Men in Space. London : Ginn. (16 p.) 23 cm. Softcover. Color drawings. “First interest in space books #6” series. 1970

This one is special because of the 2001 illustration (see below).

Mostly it is about the life of the astronauts and their training.


 This is an amazing 1st page, the possibilities for punch-lines are endless. There is also the fast that all astronauts live in perfect suburbs with 3 children, a stay at home wife, and a huge front lawn.



 I also appreciate the "realistic" unshaven astronaut.

 This illustration is out of place, except can you think of a better space station to inspire 2nd graders?
 I also love any illustration of the space port of the future. The future is full of lines and airport-like experiences!
This last illustration is almost a recruiting poster for our "dreams of space" 

Friday, July 6, 2018

Rockets and Satellites (1970)


The 4th book in the series and we finally get to see some rockets.  This one is mostly about the hardware to get to space but also touches on space history events.

Edelman, Jeffrey. Illustrated by Evans, Christopher. Rockets and Satellites. London : Ginn. (16 p.) 23 cm. Softcover. Color drawings. “First interest in space books #4” series. 1970







I enjoy the scientists figuring out where shall we go next.

Friday, June 29, 2018

Sun and Moon (1970), The Planets (1969), The Stars (1969)





These are the starting books in the 6 book "First Interest in Space series."

While light on manned spacecraft content there are a number of nice space related illustrations.

Edelman, Jeffrey. Illustrated by Evans, Christopher. Sun and Moon. London: Ginn & Company, Ltd. (16 p.) 22 cm. Softcover. Color drawings. Basic school series. “First Interest in Space #1 series.” 1970


Edelman, Jeffrey. Illustrated by Evans, Christopher. The Planets. London: Ginn & Company, Ltd. (16 p.) 22 cm. Softcover. Color drawings. Basic school series. “First Interest in Space #2.” 1969

Edelman, Jeffrey. Illustrated by Evans, Christopher. The Stars. London: Ginn & Company, Ltd. (16 p.) 22 cm. Softcover. Color drawings. Basic school series. “First Interest in Space #3.” 1969














 I like this illustration of the many kinds of suns.
Illustrations of an alien planet in another solar system. Kind of mind-blowing for a kid in elementary school.

Friday, June 22, 2018

Sky Masters (Oct 27, 1958)





So just a small one today but iconic of the late 1950s: Sky Masters of the Space Force by Jack Kirby and inked by Wally Wood.

This popular comic strip was very successful as an image of America's future in space. It was about Sky Masters of the Space Force, one of the first U.S. astronauts and his adventures.

This strip is from the first adventure of Sky Masters called "First Man in Space" where he discovers the danger of "space raptures" I love the Von Braun space shuttles cruising in orbit.






Friday, June 8, 2018

Rockets and Missiles (1962)





Parker, Bertha Morris. Illustrated by Teason, James. Satellites and Space Travel.  New York: Row, Peterson, and Co. / London : Wheaton. (36 p.) 22 cm. Cloth, DJ.



Text focuses on the basic facts of space flight known up to the time.  Discusses the basic components needed for space flight and projected future space craft and landings on the Moon and space stations.  Also found in softcover. 


 The book lives up to it's title, it is about missiles and rocket. How they work, what were some of the current ones, and just a little about how people were beginning to travel in them.


 I like the color painted illustrations






😇 Back in the 1960s it was necessary to destroy the moon since it was getting in our way 😲