On Saturday morning, January 28, 1961, an excited seven-year old sat down to watch the over-advertised pilot for a brand new kind of children's television series. As NASA's Mercury program was struggling to launch capsules into orbit, the new show would be about a spaceship kind of car that could soar through the sky, dive underwater and maybe travel into space. Mike Mercury was the pilot of the fantastic vehicle and the adventures were about to begin.
Long before there was CGI (computer generated images), Gerry Anderson and his team were looking for an innovative way to bring their fantasies to life. Beginning in the early 1960s, multiple series involving puppets on strings driven by science fiction type plots created a new kind of entertainment, which was named Supermarionation.
The first of these sci-fi action series was called Supercar. For the next few weeks, let's reminisce about these childhood visions of the future.
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