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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 3:11am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

It debuted fifty years ago today:


I felt this show was okay. Just okay.

I can't fault the premise of a young boy being given the brain patterns of whoever he needed to be for a particular mission. What enemy power would suspect a 9-year-old boy of being a spy? It's a cool premise.

I just think it pales in comparison to the likes of THUNDERBIRDS, STINGRAY and CAPTAIN SCARLET. For me, it never felt like it lived up to its potential.

Pretty cool theme tune, though!

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That's a really intriguing idea!
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 6:57am | IP Logged | 3 post reply

At least it was better than SECRET SERVICE!
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Oh god, THE SECRET SERVICE, eh? What can I say? Lew Grade pulled the plug on that (or is that "pulled the strings"?).

For me, the Anderson puppet shows peaked with CAPTAIN SCARLET. I like the live-action stuff that came after (THE PROTECTORS, UFO, and SPACE: 1999), but JOE 90, TERRAHAWKS and DICK SPANNER did not appeal to me much at all.
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Iíve only seen a few minutes of TERRAHAWKS, and I find those puppets downright creepy! DICK SPANNER is new to me.
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 10:39am | IP Logged | 6 post reply

I enjoyed the proper proportions on puppets in CAPTAIN SCARLET. It gave them a "lifelike" feel.

Yet it felt like TERRAHAWKS was a step backwards, what with heads too big for their bodies.


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I loved Joe 90 at the time, i even had the flying car
for my 6th birthday!I also had the Joe 90 secret agent
kit. In hindsight, sending Joe on all those dangerous
missions and messing with his brain was child abuse!

Secret Service was not good,but you can`t fault Fireball
XL-5, Stingray, Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet!
I wanted to like Terrahawks, but it was awful, and as
you say, the puppets were creepy!
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I haven't seen FIREBALL XL-5, but did read some comic reprints around 1993/94!
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Robbie, it`s of it`s time, but well worth a look! Plus
it`s got a fab theme tune! (Sung by Russel Crowe`s ex
father-in-law!)
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 3:17pm | IP Logged | 10 post reply

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zrK0rmeSlTk
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 5:04pm | IP Logged | 11 post reply

I remember there was a weekly comic called Joe 90: Top Secret. I'm afraid the title character's strip was pretty much the last thing I'd read in it as I much preferred the back-up comic strips devoted to Star Trek, Land of the Giants and The Champions. I suspect others must have felt the same way as eventually Joe's comic was absorbed into TV21.
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Robbie Parry
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Posted: 29 September 2018 at 5:06pm | IP Logged | 12 post reply

In 1994, Fleetway published a JOE 90 comic that lasted a mere 7 issues. It eventually merged with the THUNDERBIRDS comic.

Joe just can't catch a break in comics!
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