Tom Corbett, Space Cadet was thought
to be based on characters in Robert Heinlein's juvenile novel SPACE
CADET published in 1948. The similarity of the main characters in SPACE
CADET to characters in Tom Corbett was developed as an early page to
Heinlein's influence on the series. However, research has indicated
that the development of the Tom Corbett enterprise may be a more
complex evolution than a single source. A letter from Robert and
Virginia Heinlein stated that Mr. Heinlein did not write or develop
any of the Tom Corbett series, they only received compensation for
the use of the "Space Cadet" title. SF author Joseph Greene
and Rockhill's Stanley Wolfe had licensed "Space Cadet" from the
Heinlein's for either publicity of the Heinlein name or to avoid
any copyright problems that might arise from the 1948 novel. Joseph
Greene had developed a similar space
hero called Tom Ranger that may have influenced the early development
of the series and scripted several of the Tom Corbett comic-books.
Research continues in the development of the Tom Corbett
series through archive research and memories of the show submitted
by those who worked on the show and their families.
The TV series began on CBS (October 2, 1950 - December 29, 1950 ), then moved to ABC from January 1, 1951 to September 26, 1952. While on ABC, there were repeats on NBC (as a summer replacement for Victor Borge) from July 1951 to September 1951 . Then, after Kelloggs canceled the series, it returned on alternate Saturdays for one season on the DuMont network from August 29, 1953 to May 22, 1954. The last season, for Kraft, ran on NBC from December 11, 1954 to June 25, 1955. The show was broadcast in a Monday, Wed and Friday format with 30 minute shows on Saturday.
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Photo Album - Cadet Chuck Lassen provide a fan's memories and observations
through a pictorial view of the Polaris Unit and the Academy of the Future.
Corbett Television - Introduction to the television series by Joe
Sarno with date logs and summaries by Terry Harms and Wade Williams.
Corbett Comics - Dell, March of Comics and Prize comics from the
1950's with covers and story summaries of each comic.
Articles about Tom Corbett © 1996-2013 by Ed Pippin unless otherwise noted.
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