Space Age TV – Tom Corbett, Space Cadet: Assignment Mercury

The first episode of our video podcast Space Age TV!! Join Tom Corbett, Space Cadet as he ventures to, and nearly dies on, Mercury.

Space Age TV is a work in progress from the team behind Analog Revolution. We’re shooting for one episode a week.

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Tom Corbett, Space Cadet aired from 1950 to 1955, and aired on all the Television Networks of the 1950s, including the DuMont network. It was, like most shows of the day, a live broadcast. The surviving episodes are preserved on Kinescope, making them of a lower visual quality than shows that were originally shot on film, such as Rocky Jones Space Ranger, or I Love Lucy.

This episode originally aired in February 1955, making it one of the last episodes of the series. It sticks to the Space Cadet tropes, with commanding officers who bully the cadets until their own hubris gets them in to trouble. It’s fun to watch, but it just serves to highlight to me that I’d rather be a cadet in the Space Patrol than in the Solar Guard!

I’m a big fan of the Tom Corbett series, and I’ve released a Space Cadet t-shirt, and the most recent issue of A Brief History of the Future is a reprint of the first Space Cadet novel. Both are available through the Space Age store. I’m also working on a full color reprint of the original run of Tom Corbett, Space Cadet and Space Patrol comics. If this is something you’re interested in seeing, let me know and I can move it up the project list.

This is the first episode of our new series. I truly hope you enjoy it! Subscribe, or check back next week, for more!


Published by Andrew

The "brains" behind the operation. An absent minded, energetic, and often times overwhelming individual. He is in his early 20s. He discovered how amazing music could be in highschool, and has spent the last several years trying to absorb all of it. When he isn't writing about music, he is slinging code or playing vintage arcade games. Please don't ask him to dance. He doesn't like that.

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