Into the 1940s and 50s reports of „flying saucers“ became an american phenomena that are cultural. Sightings of strange objects in the sky became the raw materials for Hollywood to present visions of potential threats. Posters for films, like Earth vs. the Flying Saucers from 1956 illustrate these fears. Linked to ongoing ideas about life in the Moon, the canals on Mars, and ideas about Martian Civilizations, flying saucers have come to represent the hopes and fears associated with modern world.
Are these alleged visitors from other worlds peaceful and benevolent or would they attack and destroy humanity? The destructive power associated with the Atomic bomb called into question the progressive potential of technology. Fear of the number of choices for destruction within the Cold War-era proved fertile ground for terrestrial anxieties to manifest visions of flying saucers and visitors off their worlds who might be hidden in our midst in plain sight.
Aliens in our midst and Fears for the Other
If UFOs were visiting our society, where were these extraterrestrials? Could they be hidden among us? Comic books and television illustrates how the possibility of extraterrestrial visitors reflected anxieties of this era.
The 1962 comic you will find Martians in our midst, from Amazing Fantasy #15, illustrates the real way anxiety about extraterrestrials could reflect Cold War anxieties. Pokračování textu Collection Finding Our Place into the Cosmos: From Galileo to Sagan and Beyond