Nothing is more fun than looking at the wonderful predictions of future technology from our Golden Age forebears.
Yeah, it's all too easy, I know. Low-hanging fruit, snark-wise.
Then again, it is interesting how we don't see much of this these days--not a lot of 2016 comic books making serious projections of what flight will be like in 2076, for example.
Maybe it's because we're smarter and wiser about tech today, what with our constant exposure to it, and E3, and projections, and wearing it all the time. We're no longer wowed by whiz-bangs projections of what the future will be like, because we're already livin' in the future!
Maybe, after so many wrong calls, people are inherently more conservative about making such predictions.
So, while we mock, we will mock gently, for at least these bold writers and artists had the cajones to make seemingly ridiculous predictions. (And it didn't hurt that they had no idea throw away stories in a disposable medium would ever be seen again!). All hail the Nostradami!
So let's look at...The Aviation Of Tomorrow!!! (According to 1946)
And most definitely...
This one came very true, though...
And on a stunningly sexist note:
This one gets sorts half-credit:
And, in a proof that engineers don't know everything:
Scientists can be wrong too, apparently:
I wish we could take a time machine back there, and show these creators what the future of air travel was really like...it would destroy their faith in the future, methinks!
From Marvels Of Science #3 (1946)