Thursday, July 18, 2019

Captain's Library COUNTDOWN Part 2

"We must beat the Commies to the Moon..."
 No, you're not reading another reprint of Marvel's Fantastic Four #1.
It's 1967.
With the USSR announcing they're sending a rocket to the Moon, the still-untested Apollo project is superseded by the Pilgrim Project, which would send a single astronaut on a one-way trip to get there first and await rescue almost a year later.
A top-rated military pilot would handle the solo flight.
But since the Soviets announced they're sending a scientist as their solo cosmonaut, the decision is made by NASA to send an astronaut scientist in the Air Force pilot's place!
To Be Concluded...
Based on a 1964 novel by Hank Searls, the movie had a troubled production with original director Robert Altman's cut re-edited because he tried the Howard Hawks method of having actors do overlapping dialogue, which had fallen out of favor (but would make comeback a few years later!)
The late, great, Roger Ebert has a kool review HERE.
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Pilgrim Project
by Hank Searls
The Gemini-era novel that Countdown the movie was adapted from.
It was not reprinted with a new, movie-themed cover, as is the practice when movies/tv shows are adapted from novels.
It was reprinted in the 1970s, without reference to CountDown on the cover or inside!

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