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1950s “Rocketman” TV Series and Their Fans

Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men

Editors: Miller, C., Riper, A. Van, Van Riper, A. Bowdoin (Eds.)

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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.

About the authors

Jean-Noel Bassoir - writer Mick Broderick - Murdoch University Gary Coville - media historian Wheeler Winston Dixon - University of Nebraska, Lincoln Amy Foster - University of Central Florida Gary A. Hughes - filmmaker Robert Jacobs - Hiroshima City University Henry Jenkins - University of Southern California Roy Kinnard - writer Patrick Lucanio - writer Howard McCurdy - American University Lawrence R. Samuel - Founder of Culture Planning LLC J. P. Telotte - Georgia Tech John C. Tibbetts - University of Kansas S. Mark Young - University of Southern California

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

"A significant contribution to our understanding of sf in the 1950s." - Foundation


Table of contents (15 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Miller, Cynthia J. (et al.)

    Pages 1-13

  • Where It All Began: The Flash Gordon Serials

    Kinnard, Roy

    Pages 17-29

  • “A Commotion in the Firmament”: Tom Corbett and the Lost Boys

    Tibbetts, John C.

    Pages 33-52

  • Boy’s Wonder: Male Teenage Assistants in 1950s Science Fiction Serials and Cold War Masculinity

    Jacobs, Robert

    Pages 53-65

  • Girls and “Space Fever”

    Foster, Amy

    Pages 67-82

Buy this book

eBook $69.99
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-37732-5
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $100.00
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  • ISBN 978-0-230-37731-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $95.00
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  • ISBN 978-1-349-35091-9
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
1950s “Rocketman” TV Series and Their Fans
Book Subtitle
Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men
Editors
  • C. Miller
  • A. Van Riper
  • A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
Cynthia J. Miller and A. Bowdoin Van Riper
eBook ISBN
978-0-230-37732-5
DOI
10.1057/9780230377325
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-230-37731-8
Softcover ISBN
978-1-349-35091-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXIV, 270
Number of Illustrations and Tables
62 b/w illustrations
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