Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men
I'd like to respectfully recommend my co-edited volume, 1950s 'Rocketman' TV Series and Their Fans: Cadets, Rangers, and Junior Space Men, for your consideration. Before astronauts like John Glenn and Neil Armstrong were household names, before the 'one small step' that left America's national footprint on the Moon, and before the wonders of science fiction became the wonders of science fact, television heroes in jetpacks and sleek silver rocket ships soared through the skies, and the universe was full of wonder. These fourteen essays look back on those days, exploring the ways that series such as Space Patrol, Tom Corbett, and Captain Z-Ro entered the day-to-day lives of their fans through mentoring and merchandising, ranger clubs and secret messages. Together, they reveal how the Rocketman guided young viewers through the complexities of life in Cold War America, even while inspiring them to look to the stars and dream of adventure.