Sunday, May 19, 2024

An Open Letter to film critic Katie Walsh about "Start Your 'Planet of the Apes' journey with this guide..."

I attempted to contact film critic Katie Walsh, but was unable to find a working e-mail on her LinkedIn, personal Katie Walsh Writes, or Tribune Content pages, so I thought this might work...

Hi, Katie:

Wednesday, April 24, 2024

Captain's Library and Theatre CAPTAIN PLANET AND THE PLANETEERS "A Hero for Earth!" Conclusion

We Have Already Seen...

...After Gaia, the mystic embodiment of Earth's life force is awakened by polluters running amok, she summons five exceptional teens to work together using rings which enable them tu utilize nature's ancient elements, earth, wind, fire, and water, along with the power of the human heart.

The teen team, christened "Planeteers", manage to stop the vandals dead in their tracks...










Like the TV show, the comic included a little Public Service Announcement at the end of the story (also adapted from the episode itself)...

Marvel Comics published twelve issues from 1990 to 1992, none of which have been reprinted since!
The last four issues featured serialized stories done by British-based comic creatives including Simon Furman and Bryan Hitch, originally-used in the MarvelUK version of the book, shown HERE.
The voice cast for the pilot episode was impressive, led by...

Whoopi Goldberg as Gaia
Star Trek the Next Generation castmate LeVar Burton as Kwame and Narrator (two different characters)
Frank Welker as Suchi
All were ongoing cast members.
Guest voices in the pilot included...
Ed Asner as Hoggish Greedly
John Ratzenberger as Rigger
Whoopi would've been the second-biggest cast member if the original choice to voice Captain Planet hadn't bailed (for reasons unknown to this day)...
Tom Cruise!
You can see the complete version of the pilot episode with the original opening HERE!
(Blogger doesn't allow embedding of any non-YouTube links, and the episode available on YouTube is the modified syndication package edition with a different opening and without the PSA!)

Monday, April 22, 2024

Captain's Library CAPTAIN PLANET AND THE PLANETEERS "A Hero for Earth!" Part 1

In 1990, twenty years after the first Earth Day...
...Turner Broadcasting and DIC launched TV's first environmental-themed superhero, Captain Planet!
Here's the premiere episode adapted into comic book form!
To Be Concluded...
Wednesday!
...with background info and other kool stuff!

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Before X-MEN '97! Before X-MEN the Animated Series! There was X-MEN "Pryde of the X-Men"!!!

When you tune in to X-Men '97 on Disney+ tomorrow...

...ask yourself what do you know about what led to it...even before the now-legendary animated TV series aired in the mid-1990s...

...with a then-heavily-promoted pilot by Marvel Animation, New World Studios, and Toei Entertainment that aired in syndication during September 1989.
Marvel Comics devoted much of their monthly "prozine" Marvel Age's 63rd issue to the project (including a new cover by the pilot's primary character designer Russ Heath which was also used for the first VHS release of the cartoon)!
Here's the main article...
(Note the panels running along the bottom of the pages are actually from a storyboard used during production)
In addition, there was an animators' size-comparison chart...
...and the issues's back cover was an illustration showing the characters'...backsides!
Two special treats for you...
First, the centerfold from this issue of Marvel Age by ever-amazing writer/artist Fred Hembeck about the fan anticipation for the pilot...
...and here's the pilot itself!
Note, it's from an EP (6-hour speed) VHS release.
(The slower the speed, the poorer the quality!
But a studio could fit more shows and/or movies on a single video cassette at a bargain price!)
Don't Miss X-Men '97!