Here's a brief excerpt from part of the Marine boy book (I may have mentioned writing one recently). Yeah, it's shameless self promotion but it's my blog, what else am I gonna do? It's still available here and use the coupon MXARFHS5 for a 10%discount. it's also available on Amazon, search by title.
The Ocean Patrol also
patrolled the ocean in some of the greatest looking boats ever put on
film. They came equipped with torpedoes and various other weapons as
needed per episode, such as missiles that knock people out instead of
explode, or lasers or sonic guns. Bulton is the skipper of the P-1.
The members of the Patrol are also equipped with various personal
In nearly every
episode Marine Boy always mentions taking his oxy-gum so he will have
enough oxygen when he is in the water. Such are the conventions of
episodic television. I am sure this was done in part to make sure
kids knew why he could breath underwater and they could not. Piper
will be scared, but do something brave in the end. These are the
reasons that they are so memorable, though.
I am amazed at some of
the names of his evil foes- Dr. Diablo, Scurgy, Thaddeus E. Brackish-
didn’t their names give their intentions away to anyone?
The villains are
almost always very evil, but some do reform or rebel against even
worse masters. Several episodes deal with misguided people, or
ecological threats to the ocean or even the world- the second to last
episode (“The Gillmen”) effectively and accurately predicts the
advent of global warming 30 or more years before anyone ever thought
of it. The worst villains tend to come to ironic and sometimes
gruesome ends, and our hero usually says “he got what he deserved”!
No remorse for those characters! Not a one of the villains
returned to menace our hero again though, even the few that got away
apparently learned their lesson. Some of the villains did threaten
Marine Boy “when we meet again”.