Whitman Coloring Books: UFO Seeing is Believing and UFO Space Strangers (1978)

UFO 1978-2

UFO 1978

Close Encounters of the Third Kind was released in November, 1977. Luckily for kid’s book publishers and toy/game makers, ‘UFO’ can’t be trademarked.

The cover artist for the first book is Irv Gnat (front and back covers are identical). I’m not sure who did the second cover, but the Camaro (or Cobra, or whatever) is boss! I’ve got my eye out for both books.

(Images via Vintage Toy Archive and Matt Perry/Pinterest)

7 Responses to “Whitman Coloring Books: <em>UFO Seeing is Believing</em> and <em>UFO Space Strangers</em> (1978)”


  1. 1 Don Gates September 30, 2013 at 8:12 pm

    I had both of those! Wow… weird how looking at the cover make me smell (or think I smell) the scent of crayons.

  2. 3 leftylimbo April 8, 2014 at 10:19 pm

    WOW! I never knew! Dood, Whitman takin’ it by the horns. Crazy.

  3. 4 Steven May 11, 2016 at 2:29 am

    I’d LOVE to see these. What an amazing trip down memory lane it would be! Did anyone ever manage to track them down?

  4. 6 Tim May 27, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    I had the “UFO Encounters” comic, which was also published by Whitman in 1978. It was one of two seperate volumes reprinting older material, kinda like the Star Trek Enterprise Logs that Whitman did. I ordered it from one of those book forms they used to give kids at school. You took the form home, talked your parents into letting you get something, then you brought the money to school to order stuff and waited until the orders arrived. Additionally, I had a Marvel one shot magazine called “The UFO Connection”, another artifact from the UFO trend that coincided with the Spielberg film.


  1. 1 UFO Past & Present: A Sticker Book (1978) | 2 Warps to Neptune Trackback on April 7, 2014 at 3:24 pm

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