I forgot how great these episodes look now on DVD. It's like they were made yesterday. The sources used are still in great shape, I'm happy to say, and all the episodes are complete. I'd highly recommend these sets to anyone. It's still amazing to me that this show has more dubbed episodes than Kimba, Gigantor or Speed Racer. That's pretty darn impressive if you ask me.
Thursday, April 23, 2015
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
AS I've learned, this is ONE of the three openings this great cartoon has. Here's an earlier post with the same voice over (RIP Mike Roads) but different music. There's also an opening that has this music but no talking. I think this is the original music. I'm not sure if the 80s Herculoids cartoon has an intro at all, though they could have just recycled this one. It's been years since I've watched those.
Tuesday, April 21, 2015
"Mayhem over Manhattan"
In which the Masters of Evil are defeated by five Avengers and the Crimson Cowl is revealed to be not an hypnotized Jarvis but actually Ultron-5! I believe this marks Ultron's first appearance in the book. His origin will remain a mystery for some time, and will have far reaching consequences (we will have given up on the Avengers title long before that, by the way). T'Challa still has his half mask on, though this changes before too long.
Sunday, April 19, 2015
I just watched this movie (as I was cleaning a very dirty pan) and remembered the last time I had seen it, in a murky who knows how many gen tape from Video Search of Miami. Remember them? It was subtitled but barely watchable. I didn't remember anything much about it at all. However, due to a question posed to me earlier, I thought I'd try again.
Friday, April 17, 2015
Manda, the "thousand meter serpent" as it was described way back in an issue of Japanese Giants (maybe #6, I think) first appeared in the excellent movie Atragon (1963). The monster was kind of shoehorned into the movie, since it really wasn't necessary to have Manda in there, though for us monster loving kids it was always nice to have one show up. Manda really doesn't do much in the movie at all, it's not even a match for the great undersea battleship Atragon- one blast of the freeze ray and Manda is down for the count. Still, it's a great design, huh?
Thursday, April 16, 2015
I first read about this movie in Monster!, one of the zines that inspired me to do my own. It was written by Horacio Higuchi and went into a lot of detail about the movie, because it was rather rare at the time. Who knew the internet would come along and make it so you could get a good subtitled copy of it?
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
This was my birthday present to myself, since it was on sale and I had a $10 GC, it cost a whopping $7! While I would love to get the complete blu ray set some day, this will do for now. I'm really happy the entire series is out on DVD now, as it's something I never actually thought would happen, what with all the rights being tied up with a gazillion different companies. But here we are, so let's be happy with it, since it's pretty great (what I've watched so far).