Monday, July 27, 2009

Famous Women (Mujeres Celebres): Valentina Tereshkova (1967)

With all this talk about man in space and man on the moon, where are the women? Well unfortunately the space race was a boys club so there are very few examples of female astronaut books or ephemera. So in my pursuit of nonfiction for children about spaceflight comes this comic from Mexico. It is the biography of Valentina Tereshkova. One of my favorite (and admittedly sexist) pages is where she goes from the hairdresser helmet to the space helmet. It is a scene unlike any ever the Mercury 7 ever let get photographed for Life magazine :)

1 comment:

  1. About the hairdresser helmet panel--I read that comic back in the early 70's (in Latin America comic books were traded for years in those days!) and seem to remember that the woman under it is not V. T. but an ''Average person'' reading about V.T. in the magazine she is holding and commenting (in a negative tone) the news about V.T.'s spaceflight ....