Superheroes and science history
A new exhibit at the London Science Museum shows how pop culture can drive innovation. The show links the exploits of spacefaring comic book hero Dan Dare to the real-world inventions that came out of England in the 1950s and ‘60s.Skip to next paragraph
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The cartoon “pilot of the future” had no superpowers. Instead, Dare relied on ingenuity and engineering to battle evil aliens. This grounding in science inspired a generation of English children growing up after World War II, says curator Ben Russell, and can be seen in the military and civilian artifacts of the cold war.