Americans would have us believe that Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the Moon on 20 July 1969 because they saw it happen in their late evening. However, 50 years ago today, British audiences saw it happen in the early hours of 21st July 1969.
10 years ago on downthetubes, Jeremy Briggs wrote a 40th anniversary day-by-day celebration series of articles marking the Apollo 11 mission, featuring contemporary British comics and illustrations – and you can read his 21st July 1969 entry here, taking a look at two very different vintage Apollo-inspired lunar models.
Today’s lead 50th anniversary celebration image comes from the pages of the Daily Mirror, 11th July 1969, art created by the legendary Dan Dare, Garth and Radio Times‘ Doctor Who artist Frank Bellamy.
As ever, researcher Norman Boyd has carefully documented all of Frank’s “moon landing work” on his incredible Frank Bellamy Checklist Blog, which I urge you to check out, if you haven’t already – and comic artist Alan Davis has some moon-related Bellamy artworks on his web site, too.
• The Space Race from Audible on Amazon (Affiliate Link)
• “Moon Landing 40th Anniversary: A Comics Celebration” Gallery on Flickr
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