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Ok so, Moltar was originally a supervillain. His character was a brilliant scientist who made a base on the uninhabited molten planet Moltor in the 1966 Hanna-Barbera animated series, Space Ghost an animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Space Ghost and Dino Boy cartoon on Amazon
Space Ghost & Dino Boy on Amazon

It first aired on CBS from September 10, 1966, to September 7, 1968, alongside another cartoon Dino Boy in the Lost Valley. It was created by Alex Toth a cartoonist who also designed the original Super Friends, Space Ghost, Sealab 2020, The Herculoids and Birdman cartoons for Hanna Barbera.

This was the concept of the original Space Ghost show:
Basically, Space Ghost, along with teenaged sidekicks Jan and Jace and their monkey Blip, fight villains in outer space. Moltar first appears in the second to last episode of this series, "The Meeting". The person who did his voice back then was Ted Cassidy, who is probably best known as Lurch from the Addams Family series. And here is an interesting thing, he was also the narrator for the opening credits of the TV series “The Incredible Hulk” from the 70s.

Space Ghost Coast to Coast on Amazon
Space Ghost Coast to Coast on Amazon

And of course, later on, Moltar was on the show Space Ghost Coast to Coast.

The concept of the Space Ghost Coast to Coast show was:
Space Ghost in his 40s is no longer a superhero, and now he even goes by his real name Tad Ghostal. However, to remain in the spotlight he has started his own late-night talk show filmed in outer space. With his co-host and former villain Zorak, and his director Moltar they interview celebrities on Earth through their video-phone.

Space Ghost Coast to Coast was a reboot of the series intended for adults, reinterpreted as a surreal spoof talk show and produced using the original artwork.

  • First episode date: April 15, 1994
  • Final episode date: May 31, 2008
Moltar on this show was Voiced by C. Martin Croker, Moltar is the show's director and producer. His body is made entirely of lava, and he normally wears an orange and gray full-body containment suit which has a breathing receptacle.


I actually got to meet C. Martin Croker at a Comic-Con a few months before he passed away. He signed a set of Original Aqua Teen Hunger Force sketches for me and my two sons.

Elsewhere:

Moltar would also later become the fictional producer for Cartoon Network's action animation block Toonami in 1997, before being replaced by T.O.M. in 1999.

Zorak and Moltar appear together in Scooby-Doo Team-Up issue twenty, where Space Ghost arrives on earth to ask for help from Mystery Inc to help him defeat Moltar and Zorak, who have teamed up together and are stockpiling weapons and troops on a secret moon base.

Space Ghost: Moltar, flush the lake.
Moltar: We don't have a lake.
Space Ghost: Good work.

If you know Moltar, Like I know Moltar.

Ok so,  Moltar was originally a supervillain. His character was a brilliant scientist who made a base on the uninhabited molten planet Mo...

The Marvel Classics Man-Spider Toy Biz 6" Action Figure

I recently sold mine to someone online and thought I would learn more about it before I gave it away.

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Man-Spider is the mutated form of Spider-Man which appears in both the comics and in the 1990s animated series.

I got the Marvel Classics Man-Spider Toy Biz Action Figure from K-Mart back in 2000. I thought it looked cool I guess.


I recently sold it to someone online and thought I would learn more about it before I gave it away.

So here's what I found out.

It looks like the "The Six Arms Saga" is where this began I think? It is a story arc written by Stan Lee and drawn by Gil Kane. It spans the issues Amazing Spider-Man #100–102 (1971) and features the first appearance of Morbius, the Living Vampire.

In the story, Spider-Man is swinging through the city with four extra arms.

Basically, Spidey brews up a chemical cocktail intended to terminate his spider powers. Peter takes the cocktail and falls into a troubled sleep in which he fights all his enemies while enduring excruciating side pains. When he wakes up, he notices a ghastly thing: he has six arms. The potion has increased his spider powers rather than nullifying them.
From the Villains Fandom Wiki - Man-Spider:

In Spider-Man: The Animated Series from the 1990s
Spider-Man's transformation into the Man-Spider was not caused deliberately, but as a result of his body mutating further from the original spider-bite that gave him his powers.

His initial attempt to cure himself resulted in him growing the four new arms, the accelerated mutation subsequently causing him to mutate into the Man-Spider.

Spider-Man was returned to his human form but had to receive special treatments from Doctor Curt Connors every 24 hours to prevent the mutation from reoccurring.

In the cartoon - Man-Spider was shown spitting acid from its mouth and able to produce webbing from every limb without web-shooters.

The comic book version - He never displayed any noticeably enhanced strength nor acid-spitting; however, it retained Peter's consciousness.

More on Wikipedia:

In the Mutant X universe, Spider-Man still has six arms. For unexplained reasons, he has taken to calling himself Man-Spider instead of Spider-Man. Moreover, the chemical he consumed apparently altered his DNA.

Here is a YouTube video about Man-Spider



What's The Deal? That Time When Spider-Man Turned into Man-Spider?

The Marvel Classics Man-Spider Toy Biz 6" Action Figure I recently sold mine to someone online and thought I would learn more about ...

Somehow these shows actually made it to television.

Sometimes you see things that are spoof what kids cartoons were like in the past. They seem ridiculous like they could never have been on television. Well, most of the time they kinda were.

The Super 6 - (1968)



The Super 6 was not a traditional team, like the Mighty Heroes were, rather they were all part of Super Service, a superhero agency where trouble calls were received.

The Chief, would take the calls in his dispatcher's booth and send the most appropriate, or in Super Bwoing's case available, hero out on the job. Our six headliners were not the only members of Super Service. Though they rarely took part in the stories, many other superhero types were frequently seen in the Super Service offices, waiting around for assignments.

Super President - (1968)



Yup, Super President. President James Norcross is given superpowers as the result of a cosmic storm. The President now has increased strength and morphing abilities.

But the best part is the way he runs 0:36 seconds into the video. :)

The show was canceled midway through its second season on NBC because critics and TV watchdog groups had issues with its depiction of a national leader who was an invincible superhuman.

Misterjaw - (1976)


The primary goal of Misterjaw and Catfish was to catch Harry Halibut. The duo was pursued by Fearless Freddy the Shark Hunter.

The cartoon, believe it or not, was created to cash in on the popularity of the Jaws movie that had just come out.

The Barkleys - (1972)


The Barkleys was the Saturday morning cartoon version of All in the Family...except they were dogs.

if Arnie Barkley's voice sounds familiar, it’s Henry Corden. He was the voice of Fred Flintstone after Alan Reed, who originally voiced Flintstone, died in 1973.

Bailey's Comets - (1973)



Bailey's Comets is pretty much an animated Roller Derby race around the globe.

Here Comes the Grump (1969)


The main character in Here Comes the Grump was a small, grumpy wizard who put a spell of melancholy on the kingdom of Princess Dawn. The Princess and her friend Terry Dexter (a boy from the "real" world) searched for the Cave of the Whispering Orchids to find a crystal key to break the spell, while the Grump tried to stop them.

A recurring gag was that at the very last minute when the Grump was about to catch up with Princess Dawn, the Dragon would sneeze and burn the little wizard.

Tijuana Toads - (1969)


The series was about two toads, Toro and Pancho, who live in the Mexican city of Tijuana. Throughout the cartoon, they try to eat their prey, but always get out-smarted. They would sometimes themselves be targeted by a bird, Crazylegs Crane, and would in turn always out-smart him.

When series began airing in 1976 as part of The Pink Panther Show, NBC redubbed Tijuana Toads and renamed it Texas Toads to make the series “less offensive”. A laugh track was added to the new soundtrack, and the toads were given the new names of Fatso and Banjo.

A List Of Hard To Believe Saturday Morning Cartoons

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Moments from the electric company I still remember to this day.

Electric Company was essentially like SNL for children. For most of my generation it was our first introduction to guys like Mel Brooks and Morgan Freeman. Ah, back in the days back when stoners wrote "children's TV" without irony, just fun.

Spider-man meets the wall


Spider-Man fought one of his oldest arch-enemies... THE WALL?!? That's right, The Wall.
I liked how spider-man didn’t speak on these segments.

Vincent the Vegetable Vampire


Morgan Freeman's vampire character goes vegetarian.

Love of Chair


More about pants really. But still bizarre

Easy Reader Song


Morgan Freeman and Rita Moreno get their song on. A similar tune was used later as "One Word Comes After Another", with the same basic concept.

Electric Company Shadowbox


And of course the classic shadowbox segment where they pronounce words together.

Moments from The Electric Company I still remember to this day

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Sometimes movies get a product placement. This one shows how it was possible to work Chuck tailor shoes into the mix.



So basically the plot of the movie Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even (aka Stepkids) is this.

Laura is frustrated with the antics and carrying on of her extended family..

Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even opens with clips of home videos shown by 13-year old Laura Chartoff (Hillary Wolf) the film's narrator and main character, which she uses to describe her family and their complicated relationships.

Laura's artist father David (Griffin Dunne) has had a number of relationships since his divorce from Melinda, including a marriage to Barbara (Patricia Kalember) which produced
another step sister named Jessie (Jessica Seely), and currently is living in San Francisco with 19-year-old Stephanie (Adrienne Shelly) who is pregnant with twins.

In other words, a girl fed up with her quirky, dysfunctional family runs away from home, causing all of them to spend time with each other.

Most people's memory of this movie is not watching the movie itself, but that it was one of the previews before the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle movie on VHS.

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There is tons of music in the movie including: 


There's even a site that documents the product placement technique used to showcase Chuck Tailor shoes.

via - chucksconnection.com: "Throughout the film, Hillary Wolf, in her lead role as Laura, wears black high top chucks and Dan Futterman, in his role as Josh, wears natural white high tops. 

After 90 minutes of dysfunctional family, it's fitting that the coolest characters in the film wear chucks. There are many good shots of Laura in different sections of the film, and several with Josh. but the best sequence of shots is right at the beginning when we see Laura hanging around her Los Angeles house talking on the telephone or writing in her diary."

Big Girls Don't Cry... They Get Even - Trailer. You know, from the Ninja Turtles VHS Tape

Sometimes movies get a product placement. This one shows how it was possible to work Chuck tailor shoes into the mix. So basica...

Proving what you know is true. It never hurts to ask!

This production of Julius Caesar got the idea to contact Marvel comics to ask for help. And what they got was probably over and beyond what they were looking for.

Via - The Kirby Museum: "In 1969, Sheldon Feldner contacted Marvel Comics, asking if one of Marvel’s artists would be interested in designing costumes for a production of William Shakespeare’s play Julius Caesar by the University Theatre Company at Santa Cruz at the newly-built Cowell College of the University of California at Santa Cruz.

As luck would have it, the Kirby family had recently moved to California, and Stan Lee recommended that Feldner contact Jack Kirby. Kirby designed the costumes and provided a drawing that was used on posters, handbills and programs at no cost to the students."

Here are a few costume test shots.



Later on a lot of these costumes were used in the comic series The New Gods for DC Comics in 1971. Which launched the land of Apokolips, a nightmarish, ruined dystopia filled with machinery and fire pits and is ruled by the tyrant Darkseid.

The collected version of The New Gods is available on Amazon.


Jack Kirby created Julius Caesar Costume Designs for a College - 1969

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Here are just a few commercials that appealed to our Christmas hearts years ago.



Hardee's - "A Little Magic" (Commercial, 1985)

Hardee's jammed a couple of stuffed toys in their meals. And if you were lucky you got Rudolf.




K-Mart - "Your Christmas Saving Place" (Commerical, 1980)

Here's another Christmas commercial for K-Mart advertising the various things they have for sale.




Rapitape (Commercial, 1979)

How in the world will we ever use this darn scotch tape?! Rapitape - perfect for wrapping those Christmas gifts! Available at all: Walgreens & Osco Drug




Kodak - "New Dad At Christmas" (Commercial, 1979)

Here's a holiday commercial for Kodak. Part of their 100-year anniversary series of ads: 1880-1980. The mother is played by actress Valerie Mahaffey. She won an Emmy Award for her work as Adam's wife on the TV show Northern Exposure.
 




Hickory Farms - "We've Done Your Christmas Shopping For You" (Commercial, 1985)

Here's a Christmas commercial for Hickory Farms. The slogan is "We've Done Your Christmas Shopping For You". Did they? Did they really? :)
 

5 commercials from Christmas Past

Here are just a few commercials that appealed to our Christmas hearts years ago. Hardee's - "A Little Magic" (Commerci...

 

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