Shadow creator Walter Gibson wrote nearly 400 comic book scripts over his extremely prolific profession. From writing The Shadow for Road & Smith comedian books to Blackstone the Magician for Marvel, and even some textual content tales in Batman for DC Comics, Gibson saved his hand in a little bit of every little thing. Gibson additionally wrote just a few science fiction comics, and the 1951 one-shot Rocket to the Moon from writer Avon could also be one in all his most uncommon efforts in comics. There is a Rocket to the Moon #nn (Avon, 1951) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white to white pages up for public sale on the 2021 June 17 – 19 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction developing from Heritage Auctions.
As outlined in one other current submit about Strange Adventures #1 from DC Comics, the beginning of the media propaganda that accompanied the Chilly Battle-era House Race can largely be traced to 1950’s Vacation spot Moon. This movie and different media diversifications (there have been two totally different comedian e book variations in the identical yr) together with their meant affect have been pushed by Vacation spot Moon creator and big of American science fiction Robert A. Heinlein. Heinlein was a graduate of the United States Naval Academy who had ties to Naval Intelligence throughout World Battle II.
Nonetheless, Walter Gibson’s Rocket to the Moon from the following yr is a curiosity amongst such tales for casting China because the House Race rival moderately than the Soviet Union. This may increasingly have been influenced at the moment by the saga of Chinese language aerospace engineer, mathematician, physicist, and cyberneticist Dr. Hsue-Shen Tsien (Qian Xuesen)– who was accused of trying to ship top-secret supplies to China and of Communist associations in 1950. As what’s now generally known as the Second Red Scare continued to ramp up, Qian Xuesen’s story made national headlines in 1950-1951. A extremely achieved scientist, he had been concerned within the Manhattan Venture, within the improvement of the Jet Propulsion Lab, and had been despatched by the U.S. Air Power to Germany to examine rocket factories and secret take a look at websites, and query German scientists together with Wernher von Braun within the aftermath of World Battle II. The fees towards Qian have been false, and Underneath Secretary of the Navy Dan A. Kimball would later remark, “It was the stupidest factor this nation ever did. He was no extra a Communist than I used to be, and we compelled him to go.” After his departure from the U.S., Qian grew to become the daddy of China’s area program.
As of this writing, there are 79 listings for Rocket to the Moon on the CGC Census, with solely 11 graded larger than CGC 7.5. An interesting artifact of its time written by Walter Gibson of Shadow fame, there is a Rocket to the Moon #nn (Avon, 1951) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white to white pages up for public sale on the 2021 June 17 – 19 Comics & Comic Art Signature Auction developing from Heritage Auctions.
Rocket to the Moon #nn (Avon, 1951) CGC VF- 7.5 Off-white to white pages. Basic rocket ship cowl and artwork by Joe Orlando. Gerber’s Picture-Journal Information to Comics lists this one-shot as a “7” (“scarce”) on its Shortage Index. Overstreet 2020 VF 8.0 worth = $1,158. CGC census 6/21: 5 in 7.5, 11 larger.