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.
The astronauts' were Commander Malcolm Mattocks (Christopher Godwin), Dr. Gentian Foster (Carmen Du Sautoy) and Technical Officer David Ackroyd (Barrie Rutter), whilst their contact at Mission Control was Colonel Lloyd Beadle (Bruce Boa). The mission may have ran for six months, but the show ran for two seasons, first shown in 1981 and 1983 respectively.
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The manual for the game is a set of photocopied typewritten sheets with the name PONg scribbled out, and Space Race hand-written in its place. Many of the sheets show use Atari's original name Syzgy, which also featured in the cabinets alongside the name Atari. If you are a total arcade geek, a later version from of the manual from 1976 can be view here.
Weird Retro Fact: Major Matt Mason and that Moon Suit were featured on our facebook page back in December 2010. Link to the album of images here.