In 1950 the genius independently filmed movie Destination Moon was released. It stood as the trail blazing sci-fi movie that genuinely tried to examine the dangers of man attempting to fly to the moon and return safely back to Earth. The movie was produced by the combined genius of producer George Pal and the prolific actor/director Irving Pichel. It was co-written by Robert A. Heinlein, based on his novel Rocket Ship Galileo.
To coincide with the movie a comic book was produced to tell the story, but also inject scientific facts about travel to the moon into the story. In addition Pal included the famous cartoon character Woody Woodpecker, as he was a friend of Woody creator Walter Lantz. Woody featured in a cartoon that was shown as a short alongside Destination Moon, as well as being cleverly inserted into the the movie itself. The itself comic book stands out as a classic and early movie tie-in.
Uranium Rush was a Gardner Games product from the mid 1950s. The information just to the left of the cactus on the top of the box (above) indicates that it was an "Educator Approved" Prestige Toy for 1955. Players begin with $15,000 and prospect for uranium in an area determined by a spinner (mountain, hills, or desert). Claims can be purchased for $1000 each and may be auctioned off or tested for uranium.
The set also included the book "Prospecting for Uranium", which encouraged people to go looking for uranium, with the incentive of payment of up to $10,000 from the US Government. Encouraging little Tommy to set out into the wilds in search of rocks of uranium, to sell to the government for cold hard cash.
Sets now sell for anything between 3 to 10 times their original value, depending on their condition.
Because the radioactive sources only have a finite life, the instruction manual came with a handy re-order form on the back cover. I do love the part on the form that states, "No request for radioactive source replacement can be honored by the A. C. Gilbert Company unless it is accompanied by the [easily copied] coupon below". That's right, little would be terrorists could order their radioactive material by mail order.