1950s “Rocketman” TV Series and Their Fans

1950s “Rocketman” TV Series and Their Fans

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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.1 With the appearance of science fiction television series, young American boys embraced the vision of a future in space. Since the 1930s, when science fiction movie serialssuchas Flash Gordon (1936, 1938, 1940) andBuckRogers (1939) were springingup and growing inpopularity, boys served astheprimary audience for juvenilescience fiction.But whataboutyoung American girls? Girls were also reading andwatching science fiction, including such television shows as Commandoanbsp;...

Title:1950s “Rocketman” TV Series and Their Fans
Author: C. Miller, A. Van Riper, A. Bowdoin Van Riper
Publisher:Springer - 2012-08-30

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