The first comics character of this name was the robot hero Electro, who possessed superhuman strength and could run at 100mph, a backup-feature star in Marvel Mystery Comics, flagship title of Marvel's Golden Age predecessor, Timely Comics. Created by writer-artist Steve Dahlman, Electro appeared in Marvel Mystery #4—19 (Feb. 1940—May 1941). His origin story described his invention by Professor Philo Zog, one of a group of twelve known as the Secret Operatives.
Electro appears, part of a cadre of heroes trapped in a secret bunker during the Battle of Berlin, seemingly for examination by Nazi scientists. After the fall of the Third Reich, the eleven heroes are left in suspended animation, with no one knowing of their final fate, and Electro is cut off by the telepatic mindwaves of Philo Zog.
The series is set in a run-down, dilapidated zoo in England known as the "Zooniverse". Howard Moon and Vince Noir work there as zoo-keepers under manager Bob Fossil and owner Dixon Bainbridge. Naboo the Enigma also works there as the resident shaman. Howard and Vince often leave the Zooniverse for various adventures throughout the series, visiting locations such as Limbo, Monkey Hell, and the Arctic tundra.
The BBC commissioned the series in May 2003. Rehearsals took place throughout 2003, and filming took place in Studio 11 of Three Mills Studios in London, England from January 2004, directed by Paul King. Certain scenes from the pilot were reused in the episode "Tundra". The pilot was directed by Steve Bendelack.
“Compared to the same period 2017, semiconductors sales increased by 16% in January”, and sales of “Passives” also showed a 16% increase”, says ecsn chairman Adam Fletcher, “Electro-mechs increased by 31% while “Component Assemblies” increased by 11%....