UFO Conjecture(s)

Thursday, February 04, 2016

Did comic books influence people about UFOs?

This 1976 DC Comic Book had several fictionalized stories by UFO believer and advocate Otto Binder:

Binder was a proponent of the ancient astronauts theory, and a believer in extraterrestrial life. Binder's theory is that human beings are "homo hybrid" an "interstellar crossbreed" (half human, half extraterrestrial).[25] He first discussed this hypothesis in his book Unsolved Mysteries of the Past (Tower Publications; reissue edition, 1970). He wrote Mankind Child of the Stars with Max Flindt in 1974, discussing the concept of "astroevolution". Erich von Däniken wrote a foreword for the book, which was revised and reprinted in 1999.[26] He wrote extensively about UFOs in magazines, including articles detailing the experiences of claimed UFO contactee Ted Owens. [Wikipedia]

Here's Wikipedia's bio of Binder:

Gardner Fox also contributed to the comic book but wasn't a UFO aficionado apparently:

Did any of the tales, with illustrations, affect persons who think they saw UFOs (and sometimes creatures from within them) after 1976?

(You can see, from the cover, an "abduction" scene and a small being.)

Or did UFOs stimulate the imagination of Binder and Fox?

It's a matter of causation, perhaps, and one that might even have perplexed philosopher David Hume.

RR

The Devolution of UFOs and Ufology

Yes, UFOs as a viable topic for broad discussion or concern is virtually dead, even among the most die-hard of UFO buffs.

UFOs became, in the late 40s and 50s, a hot matter for media, various militaries around the world, and a rabid coterie of people who were attracted to the evanescent phenomenon.

Interest peaked in the 50s, 60s, but started to wane in the 1970s, and now in 2016, UFOs are an insignificant matter for society, even though there remains a very small remnant of persons still interested in or attracted to the moribund phenomenon.

Alleged UFO/alien abductions no longer appear as ufological fodder.

Bizarre encounters with UFOs and creatures apparently connected to them have only become topics within the phenomenon’s lore.

Sightings and photographs of UFOs have diminished to the point of invisibility, even as fanatic UFO enthusiasts insist that UFOs still ply the skies and contrived photographs of the phenomenon continue to show up in internet venues as instigators of yawns by the public (and UFO aficionados also).

As the UFO fad has devolved (read diminished) to a less than trivial matter for society, some of us, who think we’re rational, have to move on – to consequential matters that impact us (humans).

UFOs, no matter what they were, are now, essentially, folklore.

One can ruminate about them accordingly, but to expend more than an academic interest in UFOs is tantamount to quartering time for séances, ghost-hunting, ESP, or ouija boards.

What lies at the heart of the UFO fad is grist for study perhaps but UFOs and ufology are as defunct as dinosaurs, and should be studied, if necessary, in the same way as those dead creatures are.

RR