"Thunderbirds" Creator Gerry Anderson Passes Away

British sci-fi puppet TV show maker leaves behind a legacy in Japanese tokusatsu

The son of Gerry Anderson, British maker of "supermarionation" puppet sci-fi mecha shows such as Thunderbirds and Captain Scarlet, revealed that his father passed away at age 83 on Wednesday after battling with mixed dementia for several years. In addition to the enduring legacy of works like Thunderbirds, which made an impact on Japanese tokusatsu sci-fi, his direct influences can be seen in mecha pioneer Go Nagai's "sūpāmariorama" show X-Bomber aka Star Fleet.

Anderson's son requested that any fans wishing to make donations in honor of his father should contribute to the Alzheimer’s Society.




A compelling account of his life's story can be read in the Telegraph's obituary.


Scott Green is editor and reporter for anime and manga at geek entertainment site Ain't It Cool News. Follow him on Twitter at @aicnanime.

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