SDCC ’14: Saturday Morning Cartoons Revisited!

Hanging out in the room with Bobby and Angelica.

Hanging out in the room with Bobby and Angelica.

This is a Saturday post, so I thought that I would go on about Saturday Morning Cartoons…which I am fairly certain still exist in some form. I have mentioned before, and will mention again my total love for “Spider-man and His Amazing Friends”…possibly the sole medium where I legitimately like Spider-Man without qualifications.

Peter Parker, Bobby Drake (Iceman), and Angelica Jones (Firestar) are all college students at Empire State University. After working together to defeat the Beetle (why was that something that needed teamwork?) and recovering the “Power Booster” he stole from Tony Stark the trio decide to team-up permanently as the “Spider-Friends”. It’s really unclear why Peter gets top billing on that, by the way. They live together in Peter’s Aunt May’s home with her and a pet dog, Ms. Lion, (adopted from Firestar) a Lhasa Apso. Together, the superheroes battle various supervillains.

First…I had a Lhasa Apso. Just a big yappy unruly mess of fur. Secondly…they totally trick out Aunt May’s house, so when they tilt over a football trophy, all the furniture is replaced with computers and lab equipment that they never really use. It’s cool, though. That’s what the art is about.

Check it out…

The most suspicious thing...which one of them would have had a football trophy?

The most suspicious thing…which one of them would have had a football trophy?

Also…Peter always has trouble with the rent. Where did they get all that expensive looking stuff?

Meh. It looks cool.

The show was awesome. Just long enough per episode, with introduction and narration by Stan Lee. You need to have the X-Men? Fine…Firestar and Iceman know them. Need to make up a bad guy? That’s fine too.

You got groovy things like this…

Old school monster movie Dracula, Angelica wearing total 70's gear, and Spider-Man swinging.  Beyond great.

Old school monster movie Dracula, Angelica wearing total 70’s gear, and Spider-Man swinging. Beyond great.

About that grooviness…poor little Firestar just barely made the final cut. The first choice to be the third Spider-Friend was the Human Torch. But the people in charge decided his “fiery” look might give kids the idea to play with fire. So Firestar was created as a similar replacement.

The Torch's more explicitly "on fire" appearance was a concern.

The Torch’s more explicitly “on fire” appearance was a concern.

I’ve actually referenced this Saturday Morning Cartoon before. In fact, I did artwork about it that was good…but I’ve never been all that excited about. I wasn’t happy with our hero’s early eighties look, and I felt that there were posture issues that derived from an ambitious composition I wasn’t ready to render yet. This, as a follow up, I’ve actually redone it…something I really NEVER do.

That’s how cool this show was.

I am much happier with this.  Although, Firestar is more flamey than she appeared.  I like the flames.

I am much happier with this. Although, Firestar is more flamey than she appeared. I like the flames.

And the black and white inks…

Color seemed warranted after this.

Color seemed warranted after this.

So there we have it…a rare redo, and a suitable companion piece to the Superfriends article and artwork. If you are desperate to see the “Transylvanian Connection,” click here. It is so dated it’s awesome.

Next Issue…Sunday Comic Con Bonus Post

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