couple vintage model aviation comics appeared in the May 1957 issue of the
Academy of Model Aeronautics' (AMA)
American Modeler magazine. The one on page 8 might need some explanation
in order "get it." Back in the era, aviation of all sorts - both model and full-size
- was still a novelty for most people. When either type of aircraft was seen close
to the ground where people could get up-close looks, a crowd would often gather.
In this comic, a huge group of people stopped to watch the model airplane fly, so
the modeler decided it was his civic duty to provide a show for the onlookers.
Many decades ago, comic strips had a very broad appeal with people. Daily newspapers
and magazines often carried a large variety of single pane comics and strip comics.
If you are old enough to remember as fairly recently as the 1960s, the Sunday newspaper
had many pages of comics that were large and easy to read. By contrast, my local
Sunday paper today has only one full sheet (4 pages) with just a small handful of
comics, and some are reduced in size so much that they are barely readable.
"Hey, Sam ... you know that unidentified aircraft ...?"
May 1957 American Modeler (p.6)
"I really wasn't planning to fly ... but I guess I'd better
May 1957 American Modeler (p.8)
Posted October 23, 2021
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