Thursday, 9 October 2014
Who doesn't love Space Ghost? I mean, he's got a cool name, a great costume, a pair of annoying kid sidekicks, and a pet monkey in a mask. Because, of course, monkey's need to protect their secret identity's at all times.
Here in the UK, we never got any of the Hanna-Barbera superheroes on TV ( or if we did, I missed it ), so they always fascinate me when I come across them. It's like a whole universe of hitherto undiscovered delights.
And Space Ghost especially, because he doesn't seem to have any kind of back story, fascinates me most of all.
He hasn't had a huge comic book career, popping up here and there intermittently, but that makes each appearance special. Here's the first time he got his own book, from Don R. Christensen & Dan Spiegle:
While here's an all too short, but sweet, piece from his creator Alex Toth, with Mark Evanier, for Marvel's Hanna Barbera TV Stars:
And then, out of the time scale of this blog, there was uber-fan Steve Rude's loving one-off tribute, written again by Mark Evanier:
And finally, this mini-series from DC, by Joe Kelly & Ariel Olivetti, which a lot of purists loathed, but as I have no emotional investment in this character, and just think he's cool, loved.
As I say, out of our purview, but if any Space Ghost fans want to see more of those more recent series, we could bend the rules just this once...