Gerry Anderson Encyclopedia

Mike Mercury

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Gender Male
Born 22nd Nov 1930
Hair Black
Eyes Green
Series Supercar
Role Test Pilot of Supercar
Voice Actor Graydon Gould

"Full boost vertical!"

Mike Mercury - Air Force veteran and test-pilot extraordinaire - finds the personal and professional challenge of a lifetime, as the main hero of the Supermarionation television series Supercar.


Born Michael Mercury Jr. in Nebraska, Mike loved flying from a very early age. He had ample opportunity to study aircraft, as his father was a pilot in the United States Air Force. Unfortunately, Mercury Senior was killed in the war and Mike's mother died soon afterwards in a car crash.

To try and get over his loss, young Mike enlisted in the Air Force himself and attempted to put the tragedy behind him. He rose swiftly through the ranks, becoming noted for his fearless flying and his daring exploits.

During the 1950's, he transferred to the fledgling Space Programme and trained hard... but, even so, he felt there was something missing...

Then, in 1958, that "something" found him: a meeting with a certain Professor Popkiss and Dr. Beaker, at the Air Force Base where he was stationed, led to Mike resigning from the service and joining the two scientists at their secluded Nevada laboratory - where he helped in the final stages of the design and construction of Supercar

In the little spare time that he has, he keeps up his interest in flying and tutors young Jimmy Gibson - much as his own father had once guided him, as a boy.