A selection of images taken from the excellent Ufopop.org a mammoth resource/archive which seeks to document all visual references to that most elusive of enigma’s – “The Flying Saucer”. The site includes scans and Photos of magazines, books, comics, merchandising and toys, samples start from as far back as 1915! that’s well before the term “Flying Saucer” was first coined – June 1947 – when American pilot Keneth Arnold spotted several unidentified flying object’s above Mt Rainer, Washington State.
Ufopop.org is run by dedicted Ufologists Jim Klotz and Les Trecce-Sinclair, and whether your a believer, sceptic or just looking for some Retro Sci-fi nonsense do check it out – highly recommended !!
A note on the images selected (top to bottom)
1. The Film Journal – Magazine cover 1974
2. Dwarf Rapes Nun; Flees in UFO – Book Cover – Arnold Sawislak – 1985… A Daily/Sunday Sport Headline if ever there was one!
3. The Flying Saucer Bernard Newman 1950 – Book Cover
4. Flying Saucers C.G. Jung 1959 – Book Cover – Extremely ominous, very cool… deceptively simple.
5. Discover 1984 – Magazine Cover – Like this too, very 80′s
6. TV Guide June 1978 – Magazine Cover – Very Close Encounter’s… anyone bored on Illustrator? this looks ripe for a 21st Century style revamp…
7. The 1980 Annual World’s Best SF Donald A. Wollheim, ed. 1980 – Book Cover… pretty weird!
8. Interplanetary News Service Report No.4 1964 – Magazine Cover
9. Pursuit Spring 1977 – Magazine Cover
10. Flying Saucer News No.4 April 1974 – Magazine Cover… a typical example of a fanzine like cover, crude perhaps, but striking and fun looking.
All images abducted (sorry!) via http://www.ufopop.org
One final note on the subject of all things hovering & unexplained I’d also recommend Nick Cook’s investigative novel ‘The Hunt for Zero Point’ which treads the line between science and science fiction - loads of speculative goodies such as how the US Army plundered secret Nazi weapons, future proplusions systems, time distortion, disappearing battleships etc etc… an intersting well researched read that stops short of absurd sensationalism.