Frontiers of Science

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Frontiers of Science was a popular illustrated comic strip created by Professor Stuart Butler of the School of Physics at the University of Sydney in collaboration with Robert Raymond, a documentary maker from the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 1961.[1] The artist was Andrea Bresciani.[2] After 1970 the comic was illustrated by David Emerson.

It explained scientific concepts and recent research and in a 3 or 4 panel illustrated strip in an accessible and easily comprehensible way. The strip was syndicated to hundreds of newspapers around the world for 25 years, from 1961 to 1987. It was also published as soft cover books.

The strips are archived at Rare Books and Special Collections in Fisher Library at the University of Sydney. The entire series is available for viewing online. [3]

Strip sample from late 1960s illustrating ocean exploration with the future Ben Franklin (PX-15)


  1. ^ Australian Academy of Science Biographical Memoirs - Stuart Thomas Butler 1926-1982 . Accessed March 2008.
  2. ^ Andrea Bresciani An Artist between Two Worlds By Giuseppe Trovato. Accessed March 2008.
  3. ^ "Frontiers of Science { Home }". The University of Sydney. In 1961, a brand new kind of comic was launched in the pages of the Sydney Morning Herald. More science fact than science fiction, presented in dramatic black and white imagery, Frontiers of Science was a true life adventure of the story behind the amazing scientific breakthroughs of the day. ... Browse the amazing archives of the Frontiers of Science and discover strange truths in a fun and interactive environment. You can search by keywords or title, browse by title, browse by keyword or publication date, or use the tag cloud to look at strips relating to specific areas. 

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