Commando Cody

This article is about the 1950s science fiction film serial character. For the American rock musician, see Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen. For other uses, see Commander Cody (disambiguation).

Commando Cody

Commando Cody in Radar Men from the Moon

Created by
Republic Pictures

Portrayed by

Judd Holdren
Aline Towne
Gregory Gaye
Craig Kelly
George D. Wallace





Commando Cody is the hero in two 12-episode science fiction serials made by Republic Pictures, played by George Wallace in 1952’s Radar Men from the Moon [1][2][3][4][5] and Judd Holdren in 1953’s Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe.[6]


1 Zombies of the Stratosphere
2 Confusion with other serials
3 References in other media
4 See also
5 References
6 External links

Zombies of the Stratosphere[edit]
Another 12-chapter Rocket Man movie serial, Zombies of the Stratosphere, was written as the direct sequel to Radar Men from the Moon.[7] But the name of the serial’s main character was changed from Commando Cody to the more prosaic “Larry Martin” at the start of shooting. This lead character renaming happened after footage shot for the first three episodes of Republic’s proposed science fiction syndicated television series, Commando Cody: Sky Marshal of the Universe, which was later released (for union contractual reasons) to theaters also instead of TV. Republic, meanwhile, released both of these serials during 1953.[4][4][8]

Because of its original television production origins, the longer length of the weekly serial chapters, and their lack of traditional cliffhanger endings, many entrenched serial fans refuse to acknowledge the theatrical release of Sky Marshall as a true movie serial—this despite its having been released to theaters weekly and having a detailed plot that progresses through a dozen clearly numbered and titled chapters until the villain is finally defeated in the last chapter.[6] Sky Marshall was finally syndicated to NBC television in 1955 as a dozen 24+ minute episodes (before commercials).
Confusion with other serials[edit]
Commando Cody serials are sometimes confused with King of the Rocket Men (1949), because the rocket-powered flying suit and helmet costume worn by the title character, Jeff King, was recycled to become the flying suit worn by Cody. To add to the confusion, serial hero “Larry Martin”, who started out to be Commando Cody, wore the same costume a