8 thoughts on “Space SF Art”

  1. That was fun to see. Especially the few from “Destination Moon”, which is still one of my favorite ‘B’ Movies.

    I got a kick out of the picture “Surprised Astronaut” too. For anyone who didn’t recognize him, or who doesn’t know his name, the actor was Richard Jaeckel. He was a character actor in movies and on TV for 50 years.

    Anyone who has seen “The Dirty Dozen” may remember him as one of only three men who get back to England. However, his stock in trade was being the guy ‘in the Red Shirt’, before the ‘red shirt’ system had even been established. Jaeckel never had great death scenes, he just got killed off!

    Even his IMDb Trademark makes note of it,

    Trade Mark

    Frequently played mean cowboy and military villains

    Very often his character did not survive his movie.

    1. I don’t know whether “Destination Moon” should be counted as a “B” movie. I thought it was considered to be pretty scientifically accurate for its time, with sophisticated special effects.

  2. OMG. The drawing of a seated astronaut hallucinating elves and eyeballs with a blue background, about halfway down the page: I have it.

    It’s on page 27 of a small 64-page paperback book entitled “Man in Space” by Marvin L. Stone. It was part of a series of books published by Science Service, which my parents bought for me when I was a child back in the 60s. I still have all of them. They covered various branches of science and technology, but the ones dealing with rockets and spaceflight were always my favorites. I think I might have found a coupon in a model kit. While I didn’t become a scientist or engineer, those books inspired a lifelong interest in science and technology.

    “Man in Space” is a great snapshot of the early days of the Space Age. The edition I have was copyright 1960, 1962, 1963, and 1964. I got it when I was about seven or eight years old. It covers Col. Stapp’s rocket sled tests, Project Man-High, the X-15, astronaut training, and the Mercury flights. The cover illustration is an early artist’s depiction of the Lunar Module descending towards the Moon.

    The hallucinating astronaut illustration was intended to describe potential reactions to extended periods of isolation.

    1. I’d like to see a copy of the first edition from 1960. Mercury and Apollo hadn’t happened/been conceived yet.

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