Apollo 11 at 50: The Race to the Moon celebrated in British comics

Apollo 11 Mission Badge50 years ago today, the three astronauts making up the crew of Apollo 11, Command Module Pilot Mike Collins, Lunar Module Pilot Buzz Aldrin and Mission Commander Neil Armstrong were preparing for their launch on a Saturn V rocket from Pad 39A at Cape Canaveral in Florida. They were going where only nine men had been before, lunar orbit.

Official crew photo of the Apollo 11 Prime Crew. From left to right are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Commander; Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot. Image: NASA

Official crew photo of the Apollo 11 Prime Crew. From left to right are astronauts Neil A. Armstrong, Commander; Michael Collins, Command Module Pilot; and Edwin E. Aldrin Jr., Lunar Module Pilot. Image: NASA

However, they were scheduled to go one step further than all the previous Apollo crews – they were going to land.

Race into Space Brooke Bond Card - Saturn V

Race into Space Brooke Bond Tea Card – Saturn V

The Beano's Dennis the Menace predicts the date of the first moon landing

The Beano’s Dennis the Menace predicts the date of the first moon landing

10 years ago on downthetubes, Jeremy Briggs launched our 40th anniversary day-by-day celebration of this momentous event, featuring contemporary British comics and illustrations – and you can read his first article here, which includes a mention of a remarkably prescient prediction of the date of the first moon landing by the Beano‘s Dennis the Menace!

Before you go there, though, a quick plug for a special signing at London’s Gosh comic shop for the acclaimed graphic novel, Apollo, written by Chris Baker and Matt Fitch, drawn by Doctor Who artist Mike Collins and coloured by Kris Carter and Jason Cardy.

This coming Saturday, 20th July, marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, and to celebrate Gosh will have writers Christopher Baker and Matt Fitch signing from 1.00 until 2.00pm to sign copies of their excellent graphic novel.

Dead Canary Comics grandees Fitch and Baker teamed with legendary British artist Mike Collins last year to present the story of the moon landing, told with a fresh new take on the material that really digs into the humanity of the people at the heart of the historic event.

Gosh Apollo Signing Poster - 20th July 2019In Apollo, Matt Fitch, Chris Baker and Mike Collins unpack the urban legends, the gossip and the speculation to reveal a remarkable true story about life, death, dreams and the reality of humanity’s greatest exploratory achievement.

The book is a wonderful commemoration of the landing, and is a great gift for anyone interested in the subject. You can also pre-order a signed copy for collection or mail order through the Gosh webstore.

WEB LINKS

NASA: Apollo 11 in Real Time, 50 Years Later

NASA: Frequently Asked Questions about Apollo

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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