Gigantor was a rocket-propelled flying robot controlled by twelve year old Jimmy Sparks. The robot was created by Dr. Bob Brilliant, Jimmy's scientist uncle, to assist Inspector Blooper and the Japanese police in their war against crime. Jimmy lives with his uncle on a remote island in the year 2000. Some of the villains in the series included the Spider, Ungablob, General Von Que Ball, Dubble Trubble, Dr. Katzmeow, and Prince Abdul ben-Hothead.

Produced between 1963 and 1967 by TCJ Animation Center, and shown on Japanese television as Tetsujin 28-go (Ironman #28). The series was based on a 1956 manga by Mitsuteru Yokoyama and was acquired in 1966 by Trans-Lux and re-dubbed in English by Al Singer and Fred Ladd.

Jimmy - Billie Lou Watt
Inspector Blooper - Cliff Owens
Dick Strong - Gilbert Mack
Other voices - Peter Fernandez


April 15, 2004 - Gigantor father dies after fire at Tokyo home
From Manichi News

Cartoonist Mitsuteru Yokoyama, best known as the creator of the animation series Gigantor (Tetsujin 28-go), suffered serious burns and died after a fire broke out at his Tokyo home early Thursday, police said.

At around 6 a.m., a fire broke out at his home in the Chihaya district of Toshima-ku, Tokyo, and burned a futon mat where he was sleeping before his family extinguished it 15 minutes later, Tokyo police said.

He was rushed to hospital with serious burns and died late Thursday night. He was 69.

Noting that there were numerous cigarette butts in an ashtray in his bedroom, investigators said they suspect that the fire started because the artist failed to extinguish one of his cigarettes.

Yokoyama's 66-year-old sister who was sleeping in the neighboring room woke up after hearing a strange noise, and went into his room to find that his futon mat and clothes were burning, she was quoted as telling police. (Mainichi Shimbun, Japan, April 15, 2004)

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