Daiei-TV produced it’s first tokusatsu program SHONEN JET 少年ジェット (JET BOY) in 1959. Shonen Jet originally appeared in Bokura Magazine in manga form before appearing as a popular television series. Taking a page out of 1940’s serials, Shonen Jet, blends super hero action with the fun of a detective show. This hugely successful black and white TV program aired for a lengthy 83 episodes.
Shonen Jet tells the story of a young boy detective Jet (Ken Kitamura) played by Hiroshi Nakajima and later by Ken Tsuchiya. Jet and his faithful dog Shane, solve crimes and fight a wide variety villains usually stealing jewelry. The boy super slueth tracks down the baddies riding on a rocket powered scooter with ol’ Shane running along his side. Jet can stun his enemies with his gun called the Super Colt, which can also shoot flares and flames. Jet’s major weapon though is the Miracle Voice, when yelled, “WU YA TAA!!”, it causes what seems like a small earthquake, throwing the bad guys in limbo.
Daiei-TV went on to do other super hero shows like MABOROSHI TANTEI (PHANTOM DETECTIVE) and KAITEIJIN HAYABUSA (SUBMARINER 8823). Like most shows at that time the bad guys were usually gangsters, but sometimes they threw in some deformed ghoul, to creep out the kiddies. I can’t help thinking RIN TIN TIN watching this one.