Monday, November 20, 2023

Today in Comics History, November 20: Happy birthday, Edwin Hubble!

Born on this day in 1889: pioneering astronomer Edwin Hubble, who proved that far-off "clouds of dust gas" or nebulas were actually galaxies beyond the Milky Way, and proved that the universe is expanding ("The Hubble Law")! Not to mention him being the namesake of the Hubble Space Telescope, which was once a fuzzy white elephant until somebody noticed that it wasn't plugged in or something, and now it gives us unprecented photography of the stars, if not necessarily the green women of Orion.

from "Giants of the Telescope" in Mystery in Space (1951 series) #21 (DC, August 1954), creatords uncredited and unknown

Let us salute Edwin Hubble by remember the time Mike Nelson broke the Hubble Telescope.

from Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Movie (Universal/Gramercy, 1996), directed by Jim Mallon; starring Michael J. Nelson, Trace Beaulieu, and Kevin Murphy

Happy birthday, Ed! Keep watching the stars!


Michael Grabowski said...

"Master of the Expanding Universe?" Too bad this is a DC comic. In Marvel's cosmology he would be greater than Galactus but lesser than Eternity, right? And Dr. Doom or Kang would be going after him at some point.

Blam said...

Hubble later admitted that his depiction of “the progressive stages through which a nebula passes” was based on the smudging of a fingerprint.

Bully said...

@Michael Grabowski: Hey, if it was "Master of the Expanding Universe," Neal Aadams should have drawn it!