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Tom Corbett, Space Cadet
Frankie Thomas Tom Corbett Space Cadet 1951

Real Name

Tom Corbett

First Appearance

Tom Corbett, Space Cadet (Oct. 2, 1950)

Original Publisher


Created by

Joseph Greene


Tom Corbett, along with his friends: Astro and Roger Manning, were cadets at the Space Academy as they trained to become members of the elite Solar Guard. The action took place at the Academy in classrooms and bunkrooms, aboard their training ship, the rocket cruiser Polaris, and on alien worlds, both within our solar system and in orbit around nearby stars.

Public Domain Appearances

Television: The character was played by Frankie Thomas, Jr.

  • CBS from October 2 to December 1950
  • ABC from January 1951 to September 1952
  • NBC from July to September 1951
  • DuMont from August 1953 to May 1954
  • NBC again from December 1954 to June 1955, with the final broadcast on June 25, 1955

Comic Strips: The Tom Corbett — Space Cadet comic strip, drawn in Milton Caniff style by Ray Bailey, ran Sunday and daily in American newspapers, from September 9, 1951 to September 6, 1953. Paul S. Newman scripted through February 8, 1953.

Literature: 1952 - 1956 published by Grosset & Dunlap. Written under the pseudonym Carey Rockwell, with Willy Ley as technical advisor.

  • Stand By For Mars (1952)
  • Danger in Deep Space (1953)
  • On the Trail of the Space Pirates (1953)
  • The Space Pioneers (1953)
  • The Revolt on Venus (1954)
  • Treachery in Outer Space (1954)
  • Sabotage in Space (1955)

Comic Books:

  • Dell Comics (Feb. 1952 - Sept.–Nov. 1954)
    • Titan Sabotage Dell 4-Color #378
    • Space Pirates Dell 4-Color #400
    • Colonist of Space Colony Io Dell 4-Color #421
    • Lost Race of Asorians Tom Corbett #4
    • The Smugglers of the Moon Tom Corbett #5
    • Blue Men of Tara Tom Corbett #6
    • The Space Traitor Tom Corbett #7
    • Spaceship Graveyard Tom Corbett #8
    • The World of Deep Waters Tom Corbett #9
    • Asteroid Treasure Hunt Tom Corbett #10
    • The Forbidden Forest Tom Corbett #11
    • Slavers of Space March of Comics #102
  • Prize Comics (May, 1955 - Oct. 1955)
    • Prize TC Vol.2 #1
      • The Spaceship of Doom
      • Octopus Tree
      • The Spaceways of Peril
    • Prize TC Vol.2 #2
      • The Outlaws of Uranus
      • The Invaders
      • Wolf Planet
    • Prize TC Vol.2 #3
      • Dangerous Cargo
      • The Drifter
      • The Craters of Mercury
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Tom (center) with Astro & Russell.


  • Radio appearances may not be in the public domain.
  • There was also a musical recording in 1951 called "Tom Corbett, Space Cadet, Song and March" and other songs ("Tom Corbett Space Cadet At Space Academy," "Rescue In Space" and Tom Corbett Space Cadet Song and March”). These were performed by the Space Cadet Marching Band and released on Golden Sound Records.

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