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Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-10-2007 12:48 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
From Entertainment Weekly via Variety:
Johnny Hart, creator of the comic strip B.C., which appeared in more than 1,300 newspapers worldwide, died at his home on on Saturday (April 7) at 76. His wife, Bobby, said he died at his storyboard after suffering a stroke. In addition to creating B.C. in 1958, Hart also co-created the strip Wizard of Id with Brant Parker. He is survived by Bobby and their two daughters, Patti and Perri. He drew his comic up until the day he died at a studio in his home in Endicott, NY, about 135 miles northwest of New York City.
Like his inspiration Charles Schultz, Hart loaned his characters to NASA for use on internal posters and decals promoting flight safety. His B.C. characters also appeared in Apollo 12's flight plan as a joke by the mission's support crew.

In 1972, Hart was recognized by NASA with a public service award for outstanding contributions.

Robert Pearlman
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posted 04-10-2007 01:18 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Robert Pearlman   Click Here to Email Robert Pearlman     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A personal story...

On September 25, 2002, Hart ran a B.C. comic strip that included reference to Sally Ride as the first woman in space. The error was noted by Mike Quinn, who wrote about it on the Yahoo Astronauts Group.

Prompted by Quinn's post, I e-mailed Hart through the Creators Syndicate website, not really expecting a reply. Three days later, waiting in my inbox...

Re: Johnny Hart's BC comic strip - Sept. 2002 - "Sally Ride" error.

Looks to me like little Johnny forgot to do his homework and so did big Johnny (Hart that is).

The teacher has an obvious bias against the U.S.S.R. — which no longer exists — so I guess nobody did their homework. But what's important is — you did, and that's what keeps this ship on an even keel.

Thanks for paying attention but mostly for bringing it to to mine.

The e-mail was signed Johnny Hart.

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posted 04-10-2007 01:33 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for 413 is in   Click Here to Email 413 is in     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

cspg
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posted 04-10-2007 01:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for cspg   Click Here to Email cspg     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I love Wizard of Id and I didn't know the author's involvement in the space program.

E2M Lem Man
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posted 04-10-2007 03:25 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for E2M Lem Man     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Johnny Hart supplied his B.C. characters (and others, I am sure) to a lot of the press room kits as you can see from the above example. We knew this and tried to show these in "From the Earth to the Moon" episode on Apollo 13.

I also have an Apollo 14 decal in my collection.

p51
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posted 05-06-2012 10:43 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Does anyone know the story behind this? I just got some of these...

Editor's note: Threads merged.

J.L
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posted 05-06-2012 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for J.L   Click Here to Email J.L     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
They are legit. Done for Apollo 13 and 14. "Wizard of Id".

p51
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posted 05-06-2012 10:44 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for p51   Click Here to Email p51     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Good to know. Any idea how rare these are?

KSCartist
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posted 05-14-2012 04:01 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for KSCartist   Click Here to Email KSCartist     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Thanks to this thread, I went looking through my collection and found the original decal at the top of this thread. Tonight, I'll scan it and post the image.

Any idea what these are worth?

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