Ed Talks To Johnny About The Atom

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Adventures Inside the Atom - 1948: Johnny poses inside a model of an atom as Ed looks on.

Adventures Inside the Atom – 1948: Johnny poses inside a model of an atom as Ed looks on.

This is the front cover of the General Electric Company’s Adventures in Science Series, Inside The Atom, published in 1948. George Roussos was the illustrator. In the early days of nuclear energy projects such as this were deployed by the government and private industry not only to inform, but also to put a friendly face on atomic power. In the case of Inside The Atom, children in particular were the targets of this propaganda project. The intent was twofold, to ease the fears associated with atomic power and, to encourage young people to become familiar with a technology that would require future technicians and scientists for implementation and research.

You can view the entire comic and read more details about it by visiting the most excellent website, Comic Book+ here. A special h/t goes out to Quiof Thrul at Facebook for this way cool find.

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2 thoughts on “Ed Talks To Johnny About The Atom

  1. Reblogged this on My Dissertation Research Bloggy Blog Blog and commented:
    Just a note to add- In the post WWII years, comics featuring atomic power, atoms, superheroes and villains changed by atomic power, etc. were popular. It sort of makes this one fascinating, as Edison clearly caught on to what children were paying attention to, as well as giving us a sense of what they were paying attention to.
    Madame Curie: “Please, professor, let me experiment with it!” And naturally Eskimos need power outlets in their igloo walls.
    This is just amazing.

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