Radar Men from the Moon
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For my poster, I decided to keep some of the key elements, such as Commando Cody and the rocket ship. However, I felt like more emphasis should be made on the moon, so I created a moonscape civilization that takes about a third of the picture. The idea of a city on the moon adds to the technological sublime theme. I changed Commando Cody so that all we see is his helmet, looming, watchfully over the city. His helmet weirds me out and is kinda creepy, so I thought this would add to the eerie space theme, because it becomes ambiguous whether or not the helmet man is a good guy. The audience, not knowing anything about the movie, may even think he’s a radar man from the moon, but this adds to the intrigue of the movie. I kept the zigzag path of the rocket ship because erratic flight is always exhilarating, but I made sure the rocket’s route was very clear to the audience. They’re coming here, but why? The earth is in color while the moon is in black and white to draw the viewer’s vision up to the earth and also to emphasize that the earth is rising over the moon as opposed to what we are accustomed to. I used red block gothic font to give the typeset a clean, modern look and come to a close analog to electronic readouts from that era. The city was selected to closely resemble the city shown in the movie, which was amusingly a bunch of Greek column temples, but the important element of this city was that it was walled. The walled city gives the moon men the appearance of having all the secret knowledge of antiquity.