The above illustrated version of Destination Moon, or comic book if you like, is based on the movie of the same name released June 27, 1950, with the comic book released a few months later.
On June 24, 1947 a pilot named Kenneth Arnold, while flying over Mount Rainier in the far reaches of northern California, reported seeing nine highly polished disc-like airborne objects, seemingly made of metal, moving across the sky at an extremely high rate of speed he estimated to be over 1200 miles per hour. A few days later, on the July 4th 1947 weekend, a crash of a flying craft of an unknown nature and of an unknown origin, also said to disc shaped, occurred out in the flatlands near Roswell, New Mexico. Suddenly the country was infected by a flying saucer fever, overwhelmed with saucer sightings, followed quickly thereafter with magazines articles and hardback books. Not to be left out Hollywood began churning out rocketship, flying saucer, and outer space movies by the dozen. Some memorable, some not so much so.
However, in an almost serendipity like way, during the roughly 18 month span between May 26, 1950 and November 15, 1951, seven of the best and most influential rocketship, flying saucer, and outer space related movies were churned out, some high budget, some made on a shoe string, but all contributing a major impact. Those seven movies, in their order of release, were Rocketship XM, Destination Moon, Man From Planet X, The Thing, The Day The Earth Stood Still, Flight to Mars, and When Worlds Collide. All seven are available online by clicking HERE.
That same 18 month period was a tumultuous time in my life. In 1950 with no explanation, my father and Stepmother just up and went on an extended two-year trip to Mexico and South America. Once again our de facto family was split up and I was sent to live under the care of a foster couple, my third not counting relatives, since my mother's illness and eventual passing. Not only that, on their return they divorced ending any chance of our family as it had been, reuniting.
Before my stepmother left she fixed me up with a part time and on-the-weekend job with a friend of hers who owned the Normandie Club, a card club not far from where I was going to live. After my move, combined with an ever expanding interest in the then recent space-related phenomenon such as the Roswell Incident, a good portion of my earnings went into me going to the movies to see a never ending series of science fiction movies as soon as they came out, the more rocketship and flying saucer-like they were the more I wanted to see it.
On September 18, 1951, the year before I started high school, the movie The Day the Earth Stood Still was released. Four years later, unrelated, with the movie long out of circulation by then and me being a high school senior, a discussion between myself and the person I call my spiritual Mentor came up about Leonardo Da Vinci and his flying machines and how as a kid a comic book induced me into both building and attempting to fly my own machine. The story, titled 500 Years Too Soon appeared in True Comics, No. 58, March 1947, of which my copy was either long gone or stashed away deep in a couple of trunks in my father's storage unit.
DA VINCI 500 YEARS TOO SOON
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My mentor, a flyer himself having been a fighter pilot during World War I flying for the British against the Germans before the Americans entered the war, found my attempts to build and fly my own flying machine intriguing, so much so he was willing to go with me to one of the major comic books stores to see if we could find a copy. Sure enough they had one and in much better condition than I remember mine being. Two highly interesting things happened that day, both of which triggered similar space related outcomes relative to me and my mentor. First, the store had a poster of The Day the Earth Stood Still on display that when discussing it, I made clear references to flying saucers. Secondly, when my mentor was going through the Da Vinci comic book he came across a few drawings of major buildings in Florence, one of which that had on exhibit a Renaissance painting done in the 1500's, around the same time as Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, that had a UFO in the background.
The title of the painting Madonna and Child with the Infant Saint John and is on display in the Sala d' Ercole (Room of Hercules) in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy. In the painting a small spot or object can be seen in the air just above the Madonna's left shoulder. There is an enlargement of that object below and it is clearly seen to be more that just a mere spot on the painting.
The comparison between the two towers below, one hand drawn on the left from the comic book story 500 Years Too Soon compared with the photo on the right, is what my mentor recognized, both images of the Palazzo Vecchio, Florence, Italy where the Madonna and Child painting is on exhibit
ENLARGEMENT BELOW OF THE ABOVE SHOWS THE SHEPHARD AND DOG LOOKING AT THE UFO
THE ARTIST IN ME
OUTER SPACE TO THE RENAISSANCE UFOs
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The best versions of all seven of the aforementioned movies have been searched down and presented here online, free with no sign-ups, advertisements, or need to download. Simply click the title and sometimes the little triangle that comes up on the video. Make some popcorn, sit back, and relax:
ILLUSTRATED VERSIONS OF
H.G. WELLS: THE TIME MACHINE
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THE CLASSIC 1960s MOVIE IS AVAILABLE AT THE SAME SITE