Wednesday, May 11, 2005

The World of Tomorrow - Then

Warren Ellis posted this on his site and as soon as I saw it I realized how the Lydecker Bros. came up with those whacky aircraft designs back in the thirties for the Republic serials like DICK TRACY, SPY SMASHER and the like. There must have been something in the water back then because all of these designs just rock!

I was in the USAF for four years trying to figure out what to do with my life, and even though I worked on the F-117A stealth fighter (our highest security asset throughout the eighties) and held a top secret clearance, I still like this stuff better - and it's not real!

How is it that all those designs back then look more futuristic than the stuff we have today (at least to these eyes)?

How come we never got to see these designs in action?

I want my friggin' flying jetpack! Food pills! Atom ray disintegrator pistol! A moon base!

Where the hell is the "real life" Captain Action? Billy Blastoff? Major Matt Mason? Commando Cody/Rocketman? Captain Midnight?

Oh sure, we got Rutan and Spaceship 1, but he's been long overdue...

What's been holding us back all these years?

Ideas, percolating in the head...


RogerRmjet said...

I'm still waiting for my rocket pack and flying car, too.

Michael Alan Nelson said...

I remember reading somewhere that the "food pill" was actually created and experimented with but ultimately failed because humans actually need the sensation of eating something in order to satisfy hunger, not just take in the necessary amount of calories.

I couldn't even begin to tell you where I read that or even if I'm remembering it correctly, so keep that in mind.