Sputnik success launched as graphic novel

The dramatic story of early Soviet rocket adventures will amaze people unfamiliar with the incredible experiences of the first space pioneers. Yuri Alexeyovich Gagarin, the first man ever to journey into space, is known to most of us only as a vague, smiling figure in a metal helmet. We in the non-Russian world have little idea of what happened to him after his historic space trip. Yuri earned the loyalty and respect of his cosmonaut colleagues, and the love of the Russian people. In fact he became a popular and handsome global superstar — but YURI’S DAY reveals Gagarin’s gradual disillusionment with the Soviet system that created him. Along the way we encounter:

  • Sergei Korolev, the ‘father’ of the Russian space program, and a man who literally crawled, half-starved, out of a gulag to claim his place as chief of Soviet rocketry
  • Nikolai Kamanin, the Stalinist martinet in charge of cosmonaut training
  • Alexei Leonov, Yuri’s best friend, and the first man to walk in space
  • Gagarin’s brother and sister, young children caught up in the Nazi invasion of Russia
  • Gherman Titov, the brilliant, clever pilot who had hoped to be the first man to reach space. Titov was Yuri’s close friend and bitter rival, a Salieri to Yuri’s Mozart.

YURI’S DAY reveals the drama and complexity of Soviet life in its insane and often cruel glory. Out of hard times came the world’s first great triumph of human space exploration: a victory that will forever be Russian!

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3 Responses to Sputnik success launched as graphic novel

  1. nick13

    Well, as usual….
    GULAG, bloody KGB, SIBERIA, Terible STALIN eating human hearts… Boring…

    They should add anything new, e.g. commies from Mars, UFO with “red stars”…

  2. nick13

    PS: not “Alexeyovich” but “Alexeevich”.

  3. P Hodkinson

    Dear sir,
    Thank you for your feedback. Sorry for my delay in replying. Comments from Russia has been varied, but many. They have enabled us to realise the sample pages taken from the first few pages, showed an imbalance of the story. I now realise, this was an error, which I have now changed. We also understand certain sensitivities of certain events covered. Beginning in the gulag was meant to show just how courageous Sergei Korolev was and this makes his story even more incredible. Our intentions are to offer a book that is inspiring to anyone in the world – regardless of origin. My best wishes, Peter

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