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1950s "Rocketman" TV Series and Their Fans
 
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1950s "Rocketman" TV Series and Their Fans
Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men
 
 
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30 Aug 2012
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The fourteen essays featured here focus on series such as Space Patrol, Tom Corbett, and Captain Z-Ro, exploring their roles in the day-to-day lives of their fans through topics such as mentoring, promotion of the real-world space program, merchandising, gender issues, and ranger clubs - all the while promoting the fledgling medium of television.


Description

The fourteen essays featured here focus on series such as Space Patrol, Tom Corbett, and Captain Z-Ro, exploring their roles in the day-to-day lives of their fans through topics such as mentoring, promotion of the real-world space program, merchandising, gender issues, and ranger clubs - all the while promoting the fledgling medium of television.


Reviews

"From nostalgic views of space adventure to the cultural importance of 1950s sf TV series, Miller and Van Riper's anthology is an informative read and a much-needed work on an often-overlooked period in television history. Understanding the cultural impact of these series - and the symbols of heroism and Americana contained within them - is an important step in learning why we care at all about sf media and the affective relationship we share with the genre.' - Science Fiction Studies


Contents

Foreword; H.Jenkins
Introduction; A. Bowdoin Van Riper & C. J. Miller
PROLOGUE: WHEN OUR STORY BEGINS
Where It All Began: The Flash Gordon Serials; R. Kinnard
PART I: LEARNING TO BE ROCKETMEN
'A Commotion in the Firmament': Tom Corbett and the Lost Boys; J. C. Tibbetts
Boys Wonder: Male Teenage Assistants in 1950s Sci-Fi Movie Serials and Cold War Masculinity; R. Jacobs
Girls and 'Space Fever'; A. Foster
PART II: REACHING FOR TOMORROW
Space Fever: From Fantasy to Reality; H. E. McCurdy
Shooting for the Stars: Captain Video, the Rocket Rangers, and America's Conquest of Space; P. Luciano & G. Coville
Space Opera TV: Seeing the World of Tomorrow; J. P. Telotte
PART III: AS SEEN ON TV
The Sky is the Limit: Advertising and Consumer Culture in Rocketman Television Shows of the 1950s; L. R. Samuel
Creating a Sense of Wonder: The Glorious Legacy of Space Opera Toys of the 1950's; S. M. Young
Space Patrol: Missions of Daring in the Name of Early Television; J. Bassior
PART IV: LOOKING AT THE EARTH
Making the Universe Safe for Democracy: Rocky Jones, Space Ranger; W. W. Dixon
"Justice through Strength and Courage": Captain Midnight and the Military-Industrial Complex; M. Broderick
"To Learn from the Past. . .": Becoming Cold War Citizens with Captain Z-Ro; C. J. Miller & A. Bowdoin Van Riper
EPILOGUE: THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY AND BEYOND
Confessions of A Commando Cody Addict (Or, How The Flying Suit Changed My Life); G. Hughes


Authors

CYNTHIA J. MILLER is a cultural anthropologist specializing in visual media. She teaches in the Institute for Liberal Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies and Emerson College, UK, and is Director of Communication for the Center for the Study of Film and History at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, as well as serving as Film Review Editor for the Center's journal, Film & History: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Film and Television Studies. She is the editor of Too Bold for the Box Office: The Mockumentary, From Big Screen to Small, and has guest-edited themed issues of Post Script: Essays in Film and the Humanities and Film & History (with A. Bowdoin Van Riper).
A. BOWDOIN VAN RIPER is an historian who specializes in depictions of science and technology in popular culture. His publications include Science and Popular Culture: A Reference Guide (2002), Imagining Flight: Aviation and the Popular Imagination (2003) and A Biographical Encyclopedia of Scientists and Inventors in American Film and Television (2011). He was guest-editor, with Cynthia J. Miller, of a special two-issue themed volume (Spring/Fall 2010) of Film & History and the editor of Learning From Mickey, Donald, and Walt: Essays on Disney's Edutainment Films (2011).