Friday, May 24, 2019

Outer Space Coloring Book by Jim Solar, Space Sheriff (1966)



Time for a change of pace. Jim Solar, Space Sheriff was the star of a series of promo pamphlet sized comics (see an example here ). They had been handed out in the 1950s by various stores, or in packages of hot dogs, with the store or brand logo on the back. there were initially written by Walter B. Gibson, the author of The Shadow.

I had seen a copy of this coloring book several times over the years but did not know why it seemed to be more common than the comics. It turns out it was also enclosed in an easter egg dyeing kit. I do not know why there except it would appeal to "space age" kids.

(See the small print "Outer Space Coloring Book")

The comics were:
Jim Solar Space Sheriff "Between Two Worlds" 1953
Jim Solar Space Sheriff and Dara Starr in "Spacettes of the Sky" 1954
Jim Solar Space Sheriff and Dara Starr, Spacette Encounter "The Creatures of the Comet"1954
Jim Solar Space Sheriff and Dara Starr, Spacette Encounter "Trouble on Mercury" 1954
Jim Solar Space Sheriff and Dara Starr, Spacette Find "The Sky Ruby" 1953
Jim Solar Space Sheriff and Dara Starr, Spacette in "Ring around Saturn" 1957
Jim Solar Space Sheriff and Dara Starr, Spacette Meet the "Jupiter Jumpers" 1954
Jim Solar Space Sheriff and Dara Starr, Spacette Meet the "Spidermen of Venus" 1958
Jim Solar Space Sheriff with Dara Starr, Spacette "Conquers Outer Space" 1954
Jim Solar Space Sheriff and the "Robots of Rhea" 1958
Jim Solar Space Sheriff Battles the "Outlaws of the Spaceways" 1953
Jim Solar Space Sheriff Defeats the Moon Missile Men 1957
Jim Solar Space Sheriff in "Pirates of the Planet X" 1953
Jim Solar Space Sheriff in Meets the "Man from Mars" 1954
Jim Solar Space Sheriff in the "Battle for Mars" 1953
Jim Solar Space Sheriff Meets the "Raiders from the Sun" 1954
Jim Solar Space Sheriff on Traffic Duty 1955
Jim Solar Space Sheriff Protects Space Lanes 1957

The drawings are better than average and are well worth seeing.
















Friday, May 10, 2019

il nostro Amico Satellite (1963)



Il nostro Amico Satellite translates roughly as Our Friend Satellite. I have been trying to discover new children's books and have found a few in Italian. The painted illustrations are charming and it reuses a number of illustrations from the Collier's series (I haven't included those today.)




Martina, Guido. Il nostro Amico Satellite (3rd edition). Milano : Mondadori. (157 p.) 29 cm. 1963.

 It covers the history of rockets and of training astronauts for space.
 Early rocket plane tests
 German V-2 Base
 Vanguard 1
 Russian probe around the moon

 1st man-made object to land (crash) on the moon.

The future in space.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Space Ships and Space Travel (1956)


Space ships and space travel is a young adult/adult book about space flight.  

Ross, Jr. Frank. Space ships and space travel: The scientifically accurate story of man's attempts and plans to travel into interplanetary space.  London: Museum Press. (166 p.) 1956.

The author Frank Ross was also the author of the 1951 Juvenile book: Guided missiles : rockets and torpedoes, covering the principles and techniques of the missiles of today and tomorrow. 

Here are a few of the more fanciful illustrations:







Friday, April 26, 2019

Journey to Moon Village (1963)



Journey to a Moon Village is another of the Christian children's space books I have found.  I sure there were not a lot of these but they are interesting in bring together space age excitement and Christian values.


Pyle, Pacheco. Journey to moon village.  Springfield, MO : Gospel Pub. House, 1963. (60 p.) 19 cm, 1963.



 The story is about how a boy discovers a friendly preacher and his message while they take care of the bad guy : "Dirty Curtis."

Friday, April 19, 2019

Kleiner Kosmonaut (1976)



So I am going to share a few more fictional children's books through April.  This one was brought to my attention by a friend and I really like it. Kleiner Kosmonaut (Little Cosmonaut) is a short board book about a Cosmonaut published in Berlin

Nerger, Erika and Elsbeth Friemert. Kleiner Kosmonaut. Halle Postreiter-Verlag, VEB. (12 p.) 16 x 22 cm. 1976.












 The images came out a little small but "click" on them to appreciate this charming little book.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Russian Popular Science Magazine (1973)



To celebrate Yuri's (Gagarin) Night (April 12, 1961) here is an interesting space-related issue of a Russian popular youth science magazine.  It tried to compare the Russian visions of space flight in the 50s and 60s with that of 1973.

The title of the magazine is roughly: ТЕХНИКА МОЛОДЕЖИ  = YOUTH TECHNOLOGY  Issue 4, 1973


 SPACE WALKING


 SPACE STATIONS
 MOON PROBES

 WORKING IN ORBIT
 BURAN SHUTTLE (Well Not Really), JUST A VISION OF FUTURE SPACE SHUTTLES



 TWO NICE DESIGNS OF OUR FUTURE WORLD