Saturday, October 17, 2009
Saturday Morning 1966- Space Ghost.
Don't let that talk show fool you, there was a time when Space Ghost was a bad-ass played straight super hero.
Out of all the Hanna-Barbera created super heroes to hit Saturday Morning in the 1960's, Space Ghost is, in my opinion, the cream of the crop. Oh, sure, Bird Man is cool (although he loses his solar-driven superpowers every time he steps indoors or a cloud goes by) and the Galaxy Trio rock in a ripping off the Fantastic Four kinda way. And Mightor and the Herculoids are pretty smashing in a vaguely homo-erotic, caveman, Frazetta- barbarian sort of way. But Space Ghost has it all.
Space Ghost has a cool costume (he was designed by the inimitable Alex Toth),
not one, but two, count 'em two kid sidekicks,
a boss space ship,
his own planet as a secret base and-and this is the coolest part- a freakin' monkey!
His super powers include invisibility (I'm assuming that's where the "ghost" part comes in) and a ray for every occasion, fired from his wrist-mounted power bands. Heck, Space Ghost has been know to take out whole species and entire planets just to wrap up an episode.
He also has an impressive cast of recurring villains, Zorak, Moltar, Brak, Creature King, Web Woman (sometimes Spider Woman), Metallus, Lurker... There's even a storyline where all his villains team up and form the "Council of Doom" to get even with him.
You can still get the entire series on Amazon.com pretty cheap, so treat yourself.
You just can't beat a hero so cool that his emblem is a picture of himself.
PS: Avoid the 1981 cartoon series. It was stinky.