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Kirt Blattenberger, Webmaster - Airplanes and Rockets

Kirt Blattenberger


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Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity. This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation, which all began in Mayo, MD ...

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American Modeler Comics of Yore - page 10
Comics from 1950s through Mid 1970s Vintage American Modeler Magazines

May 1957 American Modeler

May 1957 American Modeler Table of Contents

These pages from vintage modeling magazines like Flying Aces, Air Trails, American Modeler, American Aircraft Modeler, Young Men, Flying Models, Model Airplane News, R/C Modeler, captured the era. All copyrights acknowledged.

These 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 ...? - Airplanes and Rockets

"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 now. - Airplanes and Rockets

"I really wasn't planning to fly ... but I guess I'd better now."
May 1957 American Modeler (p.8)



Posted October 23, 2021

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Posted March 19, 2016

Model Aviation Magazine, AMA - Airplanes and Rockets