Man from Mars Totem Head
From the sci-fi series Space Patrol
The totem pole making tradition among Pacific North West tribes was the inspiration for this "Man from Mars Totem Head."
This mail order cardboard Martian helmet, from the 1950s television show Space Patrol, was offered on the back of Chex cereal and Nestle’s Quick boxes. Space Patrol was a popular show for children aired on Saturdays from 1950 to 1955. Its heroes, Buzz Corry and Cadet Happy, policed space for interplanetary villains.
Science Fiction authors often give aliens the roles that American Indians filled in Westerns, an "other," set apart from the cowboy hero no matter what side they are on. They are depicted as fierce enemies, honorable rivals living in harmony with nature, or as allies and sidekicks to the cowboy hero.
Courtesy Johnny Étoile
Time Period: 1946 - 1970
Exhibit: Cowboys in Space and Fantastic Worlds
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