Look, up in the sky!
It's a bird!
It's a plane!
It's me, giddy as hell over this week's topic for Thursday Movie Picks.
Okay, I know it's Friday, but that's beside the point. Brotha gotta regular life, too, ya know.
Anyhoo, that topic is superheroes, or super powers. However, there's a twist. One of the brand new wrinkles for 2017 put in by our host, Wanderer at Wandering Through the Shelves, is that the last Thursday of each month is dedicated to television shows. The other wrinkle is that us bloggers have been given a little more leeway and are allowed to suggest between three and five movies...er...television shows. Five! Aw shucks!
Only five? Aw no.
I mean, I can do this all day. I grew up watching every kind of superhero show you could imagine. Let's just spring into action.
We'll start with live-action...
The Adventures of Superman
(1952-1958)This is the show that introduced me to superheroes. It always started with the classic theme song blaring while George Reeve in full Superman regalia, striking the iconic superhero pose while standing atop Planet Earth. It's all sorts of 1950s corny, and suffers from having zero memorable villains, but I'll always have a soft-spot for it.
(1966-1968)The Adventures of Superman introduced me to superheroes, but it was this show that got me excited about them. As a kid, the campiness worked magic as it drenched the screen in technicolor glory. And how iconic are the fight scenes with the BLAM! and POW! popping up on the screen whenever either Batman or Robin landed a punch. The show featured an amazing cast of villains and a remarkably deadpan Adam West in the lead role. The best part is that the show was filled with numerous double-entendre. I didn't get those jokes back then. Now? I laugh my ass off.
(1975-1979)The show where an Amazonian Princess joined the US Navy and repeatedly saves the day while wearing a snazzy red, white, blue, and gold outfit and deflecting bullets with her giant bracelets. I watched it every week, but let's be honest, it wasn't for the engrossing drama. To put it another way, you call it Wonder Woman, but I call it The Reason I Fell in Love With Lynda Carter. I mean...
The Greatest American Hero
(1981-1983)So this show isn't as well known, so I'll explain it a bit more. Ralph, played by William Katt, is a rather unassuming substitute teacher who has a chance encounter with extraterrestrial aliens. For some reason I can't remember, they decide to give him a suit that has superpowers. Of course, he decides to use these powers for good, and away we go. The first season was far better because it was really the first time that I can remember a superhero having a hard time learning his new powers.
If you were paying attention, you might remember I made a point to note that I was talking live action shows. If you know me, then you know there was a point to that. It means that I'm circumventing the rules and getting in more than five suggestions by breaking off into another category. Yup, we're about to talk animation.
(1973-1986)I couldn't let the topic pass without talking about this show. It encompassed the bulk of my childhood. All the regulars were there: Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, etc. The show really got good after the Shaggy and Scooby like duo of Marvin and Wonder Dog were ditched in favor of Zan and Jayna, AKA The Wonder Twins. I can't tell you how many times a friend of mine and I actually put our fists together and said in unison, "Wonder Twin powers, ACTIVATE!" Good times.
The Plastic Man Comedy/Adventure Show
(1979-1981)Imagine if Mr. Fantastic from The Fantastic Four was a bumbling idiot and everything were played for laughs. That's Plastic Man. However, this wasn't all there was to the show. There were actually several other superhero segments that filled out the hour, including one revolving around Plastic Man and his son, I think, Baby Plas. My favorite of these was Mighty Man and Yukk. Not for nothing, but Mighty Man was the rarest of creatures during the late 70s/early 80s, a black superhero. That what kept me watching, though. He was a regular dude, who shrank down to be a teeny, tiny version of superman. That didn't keep me watching, either. What kept me watching was his sidekick, Yukk. It was a rather large dog who was so ugly, he wore a dog house over his face. Whenever the duo got into a tight spot, Yukk would reveal his face to the bad guy and all hell would break loose. Yes, ugliness is a weapon.
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
(1981-1983)Basically, Peter Parker is in college and roomies with Bobby and Angelica, who are actually Iceman and Firestarter, respectively. They team up to form the Spider-Friends because, why not. Yup, they saved the day every Saturday morning and I was right there watching.
Batman: The Animated Series
(1992-1995)As great as the old Adam West Batman series was, it spawned a yearning for a darker version of the character, truer to his roots. In the 80s, Frank Miller gave it to us in print. The end of that decade, into the early 90s, saw Tim Burton take his inspiration from Miller and mix it with his own gothic sensibilities. Well before Christopher Nolan got hold of the character, and even before Joel Schumacher got his hands on it and nearly ruined it, Bruce Timm and Eric Radomski brought The Dark Knight to the small screen, in animated form, and gave us the greatest animated superhero show of all-time. Period.
This post is done, but I've found myself in a bit of a pickle. Lynda Carter has tied me up with The Lasso of Truth. I can't really say I'm trying to escape. I've just got a surprise for her...if...I...can...just...reach...my...utility...belt...
Will Dell follow the rules of Wanderer's Meme?
Will actually post on Thursday?
Will any of you care enough to find out?
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