#73, from 1967 (hilarious cover). What makes this incredible is the prize is that you could actually win a genuine Gemini Spacecraft prototype! Can you imagine having that sit in your backyard? Nineteen feet of crazy fun. Wow, that would put even the coolest tree-house to shame.
When I saw this ad I had to find out what the story was. Who won this prize and where is this space capsule now? All the credit has to go to Comic Coverage website. That's where I found most of this information.
So the winner of the price was a 13 year old scout named Alen Hanshew from Portland, Oregon. So what did young Alen do with his new space capsule? He gave it to the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Not that he had much choice in the matter. Reading the ad it says;
"How will it feel to present your spacecraft to your city for a park or a museum? Famous, that's how"
So all the winner won was the capsule to be donated to his or her local museum. Kind of let down don't you think? I bet you that kid had grand plans of what to do with his new space capsule. I bet you he was mighty disappointed to find out he didn't actually get to keep the capsule. I guess it wasn't even delivered by airplane but rather by train. At least Alen Hanshew became famous right? Or maybe he just felt that way.
Today I am off to the Emerald City Comic Con in Seattle. This will be my second year attending. It's going to be a great weekend.