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of unexplained aerial phenomena can be found throughout human
history and are even mentioned in the Bible. However, prior to the
mid-20th century, there was no accepted name for such
reported events. Finally In 1947, a U.S. newspaper reporter created
the phrase “Flying Saucers” for a reported sighting [by Kenneth
Arnold] and newspapers across the country followed suit. The U. S.
Air Force, assigned responsibility for investigating such reports,
then created the designation “Unidentified Flying Object “ [UFO],
which is still in general use to describe reported things seen in the
sky that can’t be identified. Today, “Flying Saucer” generally
refers to a purported spacecraft from another world.
is generally agreed that at least 95 per cent, of all things
initially reported as UFOs have ordinary explanations. But are some
UFOs spacecraft from other worlds? The creators of this website
believe the jury is still out on that question.
purpose of this website is to preserve and display images of UFOs
and Flying Saucers presented in our popular culture. It was created
by Jim Klotz of Washington State and Les Treece-Sinclair of
California [see bios below] and is designed to be both educational
culture is aspects of everyday life that are expressive and have
mass appeal. This includes things such as movies, television,
books, magazines, comics, fads, crazes, sports, hobbies, art,
architecture, clothing, food, music, dance, etc. Since at least
1947 and continuing to this day, popular culture has embraced the
subject of UFOs and Flying Saucers and presented untold graphic
images of such craft [both factual and fictional representations]
and their alien occupants to the public.
it is clear that UFOs and Flying Saucer reports have had an impact
on popular culture. But, in embracing UFOs and Flying Saucers, has
popular culture had an impact on UFO and Flying Saucer reports? Has
popular culture stimulated interest in the subject [perhaps even
resulting in increased UFO and Flying Saucer reports]; influenced
the public's attitude toward UFOs and Flying Saucers [by reinforcing
their 'normalness' or reality] or; even affected what witnesses
report [by offering appearance and performance cues]? We believe
the answer is probably yes, but to what extent is unknown.
website is not intended to resolve the reality of UFOs and Flying
Saucers or to determine the extent of popular culture’s influence on
UFO and Flying Saucer reports But whether you have a serious
interest in UFOs and Flying Saucers, are a student of popular
culture, enjoy spacecraft art, or just want to stroll down memory
lane, UFOPOP is for you.
Attention UFO Toy Collectors: We would like to expand our
online galleries, especially UFO toy content, so we are seeking
images of items from your collections. Posted images submitted will
be credited. As usual, we reserve the right to accept or reject any
Please review our image, format and info requirements
prior to submission.
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creators of this website hope you enjoy your visit and please return
would also like to express appreciation to the Computer UFO Network
for its support hosting the UFO/Flying Saucer Comic Book Cover
Gallery [which served as the impetus to this site] since June 2002.
Saucers are generally perceived as round or oval, usually with a
dome on top. While this is the primary shape displayed on this
website, we have included a few alien craft that are of other
reported shapes, such as crescent, cylindrical, rocket, ball,
triangular, etc. Also included are the alien craft popularized by
Steven Spielberg in Close Encounters of the Third Kind .
images displayed reflect primarily U.S. popular culture, but images
from other countries are included such as Australia, Canada, France,
England, Italy, Mexico and South America
an active UFO researcher interested in UFOs since 1959. Served
as the System Operator for the Computer UFO Network and was the creator of the CUFON UFO/Flying
Saucer Comic Book Cover Gallery, the forerunner to UFOPOP. Resides
in Western Washington State.
interested in UFOs in 1957, and since then has collected over
11,000 items on the subject. Les is a member of CUFOS, MUFON,
Sign Historical Group
[SHG], and was formerly with APRO and NICAP. He and his wife,
Pamela, reside in Northern California.
information on submitting items to UFOPOP,
If you have
comments, questions, or would like to contribute items not
currently displayed, we can be reached via email by clicking
Thank you Chris
Lambright for helping us take the
"original Comic Book Gallery" to a whole new level.
UFOPOP is part of a national effort to preserve the history of the