For the character, see Tom Swift.
Tom Swift is an entertainment franchise, about the adventures of title character, young genius inventor and scientist, Tom Swift. The concept of the series, was created by Edward Stratemeyer in the early 1900s, and in 1910 the first fives novels in The Tom Swift Adventures, were published by Grosset & Dunlap, written under the pen name Victor Appleton. The series was popular, and was published for 31 more year, until 1941, when, after the publication of the 40th volume, the series was discontinued.
Since 1954 over 50 more Tom Swift novels have been published in five different series, all of which star a hero named Tom Swift, who may or may not be the same person as the original character. In some cases he is the same character, albeit, after a continuity reboot, while in others he is only a relative of the original character. For example in The New Adventures Tom Swift Jr. Adventures, Jr. series, the title character is the son of the first Tom Swift, while in the Tom Swift (1991-1993) series, the title character is again the son of a Thomas Swift but the continuity has been rebooted, with new characters, new background, etc.
In 1992 it was revealed that fellow Stratemeyer Syndicate characters, The Hardy Boys were in the same fictional world as Tom Swift, when he teamed up with brother detectives Frank and Joe in A Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Ultra Thriller: Time Bomb. The Hardy/Swift series was a crossover of The Hardy Boys Casefiles series and the Tom Swift (1991-1993) series. The series only lasted two volumes, and after the publication of The Alien Factor, in 1993, was canceled.
List of Tom Swift series
- The Tom Swift Adventures (1910-1941)
- The New Adventures Tom Swift Jr. Adventures, Jr. (1954-1971)
- Tom Swift (1981-1984)
- Tom Swift (1991-1993)
- Hardy Boys and Tom Swift Ultra Thriller (1992-1993)