SilverHawks

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SilverHawks
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SilverHawks logo
Created byRankin/Bass
Directed by
Voices of
Composer(s)Bernard Hoffer
Country of origin
  • United States
No. of episodes65 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Arthur Rankin Jr.
  • Jules Bass
  • Lee Dannacher
  • Masaki Izuka
Running time23 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorLorimar-Telepictures
Release
Original networkFirst-run syndication
Original releaseSeptember 8 –
December 5, 1986

SilverHawks is an American animated television series developed by Rankin/Bass Productions and distributed by Lorimar-Telepictures in 1986. The animation was provided by Japanese studio Pacific Animation Corporation. In total, 65 episodes were made. It was created as a space-based equivalent of their previous series, ThunderCats.

As was the case with ThunderCats, there was also a SilverHawks comic book series published by Marvel Comics under the imprint Star Comics.

Lorimar-Telepictures was purchased by Warner Bros. in 1989, and the rights to SilverHawks are now held by Warner Bros. Television Distribution.

Overview[edit]

Production and development[edit]

Rankin/Bass followed up their successful ThunderCats series with this series about a team of heroes in the 29th century who were given metal bodies and wings to stop organized crime in the Galaxy of Limbo. SilverHawks featured many of the same voice actors who had worked on ThunderCats, including Larry Kenney, Peter Newman, Earl Hammond, Doug Preis and Bob McFadden.

Plot[edit]

A bionic policeman called Commander Stargazer recruited the SilverHawks, heroes who are "partly metal, partly real," to fight the evil Mon*Star, an escaped alien mob boss who transforms into an enormous armor-plated creature with the help of Limbo's Moonstar. Joining Mon*Star in his villainy is an intergalactic mob: the snakelike Yes-Man, the blade-armed Buzz-Saw, the "bull"-headed Mumbo-Jumbo, a weather controller called Windhammer, a shapeshifter known as Mo-Lec-U-Lar, a robotic card shark called Poker-Face, the weapons-heavy Hardware, and "the musical madness of" Melodia who uses a "keytar" that fires musical notes.

Quicksilver (formerly Jonathan Quick) leads the SilverHawks, with his metal bird companion Tally-Hawk at his side. Twins Emily and Will Hart became Steelheart and Steelwill, the SilverHawks's technician and strongman respectively. Country-singing Bluegrass piloted the team's ship, the Maraj (pronounced "mirage" on the series, but given that spelling on the Kenner toy). Rounding out the group is a youngster "from the planet of the mimes," named "The Copper Kidd" and usually called "Kidd" for short, a mathematical genius who spoke in whistles and computerized tones. Their bionic bodies are covered by a full-body close-fitting metal armor that only exposes the face and an arm, the armor is equipped with a retractile protective mask, retractable under-arm wingx (except Bluegrass), thrusters on their elbows, and laser-weapons in their shoulders.

Characters[edit]

Silverhawks[edit]

The SilverHawks in the show's title sequence. Left to right: Copper Kidd, Bluegrass, Quicksilver (with Tally-Hawk perched on arm), Steelheart, Steelwill.

Main Silverhawks[edit]

  • Commander Stargazer (voiced by Bob McFadden) - A tough and grizzled old cop with bionic capabilities, he captured Mon*Star several years ago and had him imprisoned. Older than the other SilverHawks, he longs to return to Earth for either a vacation or for retirement. He chiefly serves as the SilverHawks "eyes and ears", keeping them apprised of their current situation. His first name is apparently Sinman. In the SilverHawks' first adventure, Stargazer is depicted as the keeper of Tally-Hawk, who subsequently was teamed with Quicksilver. His armor is gold, covering the upper left portion of his head as well as his body, and his left eye has been replaced by a telescopic lens. Stargazer wears a white button up shirt, loosened necktie, suspenders and slacks, making him resemble a stereotypical plainclothes police officer .
  • Quicksilver (voiced by Peter Newman) - Captain Jonathan Quick was the former head of Interplanetary Force H and is the field leader of the SilverHawks. Known for his quick reflexes (and even quicker thinking), Quicksilver is an accomplished tactician and athlete. His armor is silver in color.
  • Bluegrass (voiced by Larry Kenney) - He is second-in-command of the SilverHawks and the chief pilot of the group as well as a cowboy at heart. He is the only active SilverHawk who cannot fly, but he is the one that pilots the team's vehicle the "Maraj". He uses his weapon/instrument (portrayed in the toyline as his weapon-bird with the name Sideman) and his lasso. He has an interface with the Maraj's piloting system, which he has affectionately dubbed "Hot Licks". His armor has a blue-silver shade, and he wears a red bandana around his neck and a cowboy hat.
  • Steelheart & Steelwill (voiced by Maggie Wheeler and Bob McFadden) - Sergeants Emily and Will Hart are twin siblings. They became Steelheart and Steelwill respectively when they joined the SilverHawks. They had artificial hearts implanted during their transformation. Their armors are both a dark steel color. They are the "gearheads" of the team. Due to an empathic bond, when one sibling feels something, the other feels it as well. Physically, they are the strongest members of the team.
  • The Copper Kidd (vocal effects provided by Pete Cannarozzi) - He is the youngest member of the SilverHawks, and the only one not from Earth. A mathematical genius from the Planet of the Mimes, he "speaks" in tones and whistles. His skin is blue except for white markings on his face that resemble the makeup of a mime. His armor is copper-colored but the wings have a silver-like appearance similar to those his teammates. A natural acrobat, the Copper Kidd has two razor-edged discs (one mounted on each hip) which he throws like Frisbees. At the end of each episode, he was quizzed in astronomy lessons by Bluegrass as training to become the reserve Maraj pilot (a role he later infrequently filled).

Minor Silverhawks[edit]

  • Hotwing (voiced by Adolph Caesar in earlier episodes, Doug Preis in later episodes) - A gold SilverHawk of African American heritage who was added in mid-season. He is a magician and skilled illusionist. Hotwing received his powers from a mystical energy force that 'chose' him to bear the powers to fight against injustice. He has to recharge these powers every 14 years, otherwise he will die. One notable time was when Zeek the Beak tricked the mystic force into giving him these powers which would have resulted in Hotwing's death.
  • Flashback (voiced by Peter Newman) - A green time-traveling Silverhawk from the far future. When he meets the 'much older' Stargazer who tells him of the fateful day the SilverHawks died, Flashback travels back in time to save them from an exploding sun. He also traveled back in time to stop Hardware from destroying the SilverHawks (when the mad inventor sabotaged the Maraj during their hyperspace-sleep to Hawk-Haven from Earth, which would have caused the autopilot to fly them straight into the sun).
  • Moon Stryker (voiced by Larry Kenney) - A turquoise Silverhawk. He can propel himself through space by a powerful cyclone generated from propellers that emerge from his waist. He is cocky but an expert marksman, as demonstrated when he shot a pen out of Stargazer's hand when they first met in the episode "Battle Cruiser".
  • Condor (voiced by Bob McFadden impersonating Humphrey Bogart) - An old ally of Stargazer, whom Condor calls "Gaze". Condor left the SilverHawks to become a private investigator before the series, but eventually returned. Instead of wings, he has a jetpack.

Supporting characters[edit]

  • Seymour (voiced by Peter Newman) - The television show's comic relief. Seymour is a space cabbie who frequently says "Y'know what I mean?" and speaks in a New York accent. He might be inspired by Space Cabbie, a 1950s science fiction character.
    • Zeek the Beak - Seymour's pal. Zeek the Beak is a green bird-like alien who often accompanies Seymour on cab rides. His catch phrases are "You wanna buy a fish?" and the interjection "Zeek!"
  • Harry - He is a robot that works as a bartender at a bar on the planet Fence. He appears in many episodes usually serving drinks.
  • Professor Power - He works in the Artificial Sun and controls it. He is friendly with the SilverHawks and often helps them.[1]
  • Sanders - He is the governor in Bedlama, a planet similar to the Earth.
  • Monotone - is the computer that rules the planet Automata.[2]
  • Grod the Informer - An informant. He appears in episode 32 when he informs the mob of a rock that is supposed to be worth a fortune, the Savior Stone.[3]
  • Lord Cash - He is in charge of Dolar planet where there is plenty of money. Lord Cash is friendly to SilverHawks.[4]
    • Gotbucks - Dolar's security chief.
  • Warden Lockup - He is in charge of the Penal Planet 10 where Limbo's criminals are kept. His face looks like a bird. Warden Lockup likes gambling because he is seen betting in Mon*star's Great Meteor Race.
    • Cell Guard #1 - A rhinoceros-like creature that works for Warden Lockup and controls the corridors of the Penal planet.
    • Cell Guard #2 - A one-wheeled robot that works for Warden Lockup and controls the corridors of the Penal planet. He is extremely weak (laser beans destroy him). He`s usually with Cell Guard #1.

Villains[edit]

  • Mon*Star's Mob - An organized crime group that commits crimes throughout Limbo. They travel in three open-cab spacecraft called the Zoomer, Road Star, and Limbo Limo.
    • Mon*Star (voiced by Earl Hammond) - The quintillionaire alien mob boss who escaped from his cell on Penal Planet 10. He appears as a feline muscular humanoid with dark hair streaked with red over all the body, a voluminous red mane and beard, and an eyepatch (with the symbol of a black star) covering his left eye. Utilizing beams from Limbo's Moonstar and the use of his Transformation Chamber, Mon*Star's body becomes encased on spiked armor-plating as he recites "Moonstar of Limbo, give me the might, the muscle, the menace, of MON*STAR!". In this state, he temporarily regains his left eye with it able to fire the crimson Light Star beam which has various effects, destructive and stunning. He has some bad blood with Stargazer due to their past conflicts and extends that animosity to the SilverHawks. Mon*star appears in all but two episodes (Episodes number 15 and 45) where Hardware and the Bounty Hunter are the villains respectively.
      • Sky-Runner - A giant "space-squid" that serve's as Mon*Star's mode of transportation.
    • Yes-Man (voiced by Bob McFadden) - Yes-Man is Mon*Star's all-purpose lackey, thrall, and/or sycophant. As his name suggests, he has a half-human, half-snake appearance. As a member of Mon*Star's Mob, Yes-Man operates the Transformation Chamber. Yes-Man once used the powers of the Moonstar alongside Mon*Star, but did not change form. The Moonstar primarily gave him increased mental abilities and ambition. This led to a feud between himself and his boss until the powers faded.
    • Hardware (voiced by Bob McFadden) - Hardware is the weapons specialist for Mon*Star's Mob. He is an extremely intelligent, short but bulky, light purple-skinned pink-haired creature who carries an oversized rucksack full of self-engineered weapons and equipment. Mon*Star considers Hardware his most dangerous minion because of his talent for invention. On one occasion when Mon*Star was recaptured, he had to use the Moonstar to empower a box that would enable Mon*Star to escape from Penal Planet 10.
    • Melodia (voiced by Maggie Wheeler) - A musical mistress who serves as a nemesis and counterpart to the SilverHawks' Bluegrass, Melodia is the only female member of Mon*Star's Mob. Melodia is usually seen cruising around in the Limbo Limo, causing havoc and assorted acts of terror as diversions. Melodia almost always carries a musical synthesizer (called a "Sound Smasher") as a weapon. She is usually dressed in an exaggerated rock-singer outfit: two-shaded green hair; a short black dress; red belt with plug up battery pack for "Sound Smasher"; long red fingerless gloves; half dark purple, half light pink tights; and dark blue glasses with a red 'music note' frame
    • Windhammer (voiced by Doug Preis) - An eco-terrorist member of Mon*Star's Mob with a large tuning fork that enables him to manipulate or generate destructive weather patterns either on a planet or in space. Examples of the weather that he has manipulated have included lightnings and tornadoes. He is a muscular humanoid with azurine skin, long blonde hair, and large elf-like ears.
    • Mo-Lec-U-Lar (voiced by Doug Preis) - A molecule-themed shapeshifter whose primary form is a humanoid body composed of many spheres in various copper shades. He serves as the master of disguise and leading hitman of Mon*Star's Mob. Besides shapeshifting, Mo-Lec-U-Lar once became invisible in order to infiltrate the SilverHawks' base.
    • Buzz-Saw - A sentient war machine of a light copper-shade that is a member of Mon*Star's Mob. Buzz-Saw has razor sharp circular saw cutting blades over its body that can be used as projectile weapons. It speaks with a high-pitched metallic voice.
    • Poker-Face (voiced by Larry Kenney) - The robotic sunglasses-wearing money man of Mon*Star's mob who has slot machines for his eyes and carries a cane decorated with playing card suits. He is the owner of the Starship Casino. Poker-Face always charges Mon*Star billions for new inventive ideas against the SilverHawks.
    • Mumbo-Jumbo (voiced by Peter Newman) - Mumbo-Jumbo is a copper-skinned robotic Minotaur who is the muscle for Mon*Star's Mob. He is aided by his ability to "bulk up", growing larger and more muscular, increasing his strength by doing so. He speaks in metallic grunts which his associates seem to understand (though he usually pronounces Mon*Star's name properly) and appears to be on the low scale of the intellectual spectrum. His signature attack is a quadrupedal charge at an opponent. Mumbo-Jumbo is the sworn enemy of Steelheart because of Steelheart's strength and skill which takes him down easily.
    • Timestopper (voiced by Larry Kenney) - A cocky 14 year old juvenile delinquent nyctophobe with a chest device that has the ability to suspend all ambient motion and kinetic energy around him for one Limbo-Minute. He is often in the services of Mon*Star, but has no qualms about getting in his way if he isn't paid for the job. His nyctophobia is most likely from the fact his chest device is light-powered.
    • Zero the Memory Thief - A long-nosed shady character who steals memories using a cattle prod-like weapon and records them on cassettes. He occasionally did business with Mon*Star's gang when the opportunity suited him. While he can steal memories, he cannot the memorized data the way his victims can.
    • Smiley - A mummified boxer robot that is brought back to life by Poker-Face. He was once stopped by Commander Stargazer. Smiley is the heavyweight champion of Limbo. He is operated by remote control. In the Starship Casino, Smiley easily defeats both Mumbo-Jumbo and Buzz-Saw, but could not beat the SilverHawks.
  • Bounty Hunter - A muscular monster with a face resembling a Bulldog with high, pointed ears. He has a sparkling laser on his head and a red star on his belt. He was imprisoned by Stargazer for 200 years but escaped twice (broken out once by Mon*Star in episode 22 and the second time on his own in episode 45). He can absorb energy directed at him, and use it to sustain his physical form as well as grow larger and more powerful. He can only be defeated by the solar energy bazooka that Commander Stargazer has. He is extremely dangerous and powerful, as he has easily defeated all the original SilverHawks twice. He was stopped by Commander Stargazer and by the later SilverHawk Hotwing.
  • Uncle Rattler - Yes-Man's uncle. He appears in only one episode.

Three Outlaws from Fence[edit]

They appear in many episodes and are friendly to Melodia and Poker-Face, though the three are usually betrayed by the Mon*Star's minions. They are often seen playing cards on the planet Fence.

  • The Space Bandit
  • Rhino - A rhinoceros-like mutant.
  • Cyclops - A balloon body creature that is very weak. Whenever he was shot, he started to fly around and to lose his air like a balloon.

The Galaxy of Limbo[edit]

Despite being in outer space, Limbo has breathable air and characters are seen to fall off their vehicles as if in a gravity field. During the series various planets are shown:

  • Hawk Haven - The Silverhawks' base of operations. It orbits Bedlama.
  • Brimstar - The planet where Mon*Star's mob operates. It is hollow, with Mon*Star's quarters inside it, and accessible from the outside via a large star-shaped opening on its crust. The surface of Brimstar is like a giant ship junkyard.
  • The Artificial Sun - An antenna-looking device that performs all the functions of a sun and needs to be fueled frequently. It is run by Professor Power and has been the target of the Mob many times.
  • Penal Planet 10 - This is where most criminals are kept. The Bounty Hunter and Smiley are there most of the time. However, Hardware and Mon*star have been imprisoned there.
  • Starship Casino - Poker-Face's planet where gambling takes place. It's stationed outside of the SilverHawks' jurisdiction, beyond "the Lightyear Limit".
  • Bedlama - A planet similar to Earth, though stars can be seen in its sky even during daytime. Hawk Haven is its satellite.
  • Automata - A factory-sized half-planet, controlled by a supercomputer named Monotone, which is the only sentient being on the planet.
  • Dolar - A hollow gem-looking bank planet.
  • Fence - A small planetoid with a bar, frequented by criminals.
  • Hanging Rock - The Bounty Hunter's planet. It is full of mountains and it has dangerous electro-rocks that absorb energy and feed it to the Bounty Hunter.
  • Moonstar of Limbo - A solid star. It gives Mon*star his powers to transform.
  • Earth - The only planet shown that is not in the galaxy of Limbo.

DVD releases[edit]

On October 14, 2008, Warner Home Video released SilverHawks: Volume 1 on DVD in Region 1 for the first time.[5] The 4-disc set contains the first 32 episodes of the series.

On October 4, 2011, Warner Bros. released SilverHawks: Volume 2 on DVD in region 1 via their Warner Archive Collection. This is a Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) release, available exclusively through Warner's online store and Amazon.com.[6] The 4-disc set contains the remaining 33 episodes of the series.

List of episodes[edit]

Ep. Title Written By Airdate Description
1 The Origin Story Peter Lawrence September 8, 1986 When the intergalactic criminal Mon*Star breaks out of his prison, Earth sends a team of biomechanically enhanced humans to capture him.
2 Journey to Limbo Leonard Starr September 9, 1986 The SilverHawks arrive at Hawk Haven and have their first encounter with Mon*Star and his Mob.
3 The Planet Eater William Overgard September 10, 1986 Mon*Star employs the Sky Chomper to “eat” other spaceships and feed the debris to the Planet Eater, his biggest and most devastating weapon yet.
4 Save The Sun Peter Lawrence September 11, 1986 The Mob seize control of the massive Artificial Sun, the main source of power in the Galaxy of Limbo.
5 Stop Timestopper Lee Schneider September 12, 1986 A delinquent with the power to stop time joins Mon*Star’s gang and helps them plunder the Crystal Mine of Automata.
6 Darkbird Steve Perry September 15, 1986 An evil clone of Quicksilver blasts his way into Dollare, the bank planet of Limbo Galaxy, and takes its banking boss, Lord Cash, hostage.
7 The Backroom William Overgard September 16, 1986 Inside the Starship Casino, Pokerface is hiding a new destructive weapon that Mon*Star is only too eager to make use of.
8 The Threat of Dritt Bruce Smith September 17, 1986 After their ambassador is kidnapped by Mon*Star, the mighty Triangulons threaten to destroy Hawk Haven unless Quicksilver rescues their ambassador in eight hours.
9 Sky-Shadow Kimberly Morris September 18, 1986 Tally-Hawk is kidnapped by the Mob so that Hardware can create an evil version of the SilverHawks’ companion for their leader, Mon*Star.
10 Magnetic Attraction Chris Trengove September 19, 1986 While transporting the criminal Pokerface to Penal Planet 10, Steelheart is attacked by Hardware and his new weapon, the Super Magnetizer.
11 Gold Shield Bruce Smith September 22, 1986 The SilverHawks must work quickly to build a Gold Shield to protect Hawk Haven before it is disintegrated by Mon*Star’s latest weapon.
12 Zero The Memory Thief Jeri Craden September 23, 1986 Zero, the Memory Thief, wipes out Commander Stargazer’s knowledge of the Mob’s latest plan to destroy the Earth using a Mega Missile.
13 The Milk Run Lee Schneider September 24, 1986 The SilverHawks arrest Melodia but Hardware’s Pinball Beam blasts her free and traps Commander Stargazer inside Hawk Haven.
14 The Hardware Trap – Part I Peter Lawrence September 25, 1986 The SilverHawks devise a plan through which Quicksilver is able to apprehend Hardware, but Mon*Star isn’t going to give up on his weapons’ expert without a fight.
15 The Hardware Trap – Part II Lee Schneider September 26, 1986 Buzz-Saw cuts his way into the Penal Planet to free Hardware, who then exacts his revenge on Quicksilver by blasting him into space.
16 Race Against Time Chris Trengove September 29, 1986 With the intention of destroying Hawk Haven, Mon*Star organizes ‘The Great Meteor Race’, and breaks Pokerface out of prison in order to officiate it.
17 Operation Big Freeze Jeri Craden September 30, 1986 Mon*Star orders Windhammer and Hardware to generate a galactic ice storm that is so powerful that it threatens to freeze the entire Galaxy of Limbo.
18 The Ghost Ship Chris Trengove October 1, 1986 In order to infiltrate Hawk Haven, a secret Mob attack force led by Hardware hide inside an abandoned spaceship.
19 The Great Galaxy Race William Overgard October 2, 1986 Mon*Star challenges the SilverHawks to a space race through the Galaxy of Limbo in which the Mob employ every cheat in the book to win.
20 Fantascreen Steve Perry October 3, 1986 Hardware’s latest invention is a device that turns SilverHawks into mindless zombies and it is up to Steelheart to rescue her comrades.
21 Hotwing Hits Limbo Peter Lawrence October 6, 1986 When Mon*Star captures all the SilverHawks, Earth sends Hotwing, a former magician and squad commander and the newest member of the SilverHawks.
22 The Bounty Hunter J.V.P. Mundy October 7, 1986 Mon*Star’s Mob pulls off a daring jailbreak to free Stargazer’s sworn enemy, the Bounty Hunter, a villain who feeds on energy.
23 Zeek’s Fumble Peter Lawrence October 8, 1986 The Mob chases Seymour and Zeek the Beak all over Limbo because they have a microfilm of all the SilverHawks’ secrets.
24 The Fighting Hawks Kimberly Morris October 9, 1986 When the Mob programs the machines of Automata to produce fearsome copies of Sky-Shadow, the Steel twins work frantically to produce a counterweapon.
25 The Renegade Hero Leonard Starr October 10, 1986 The Mob replace the governor of Bedlama with Mo-Lec-U-Lar and then plan to use the planet’s military might against the SilverHawks.
26 One on One William Overgard October 13, 1986 The Mob creates exact clones of the SilverHawks and sends them on a deadly mission against Commander Stargazer.
27 No More Mr. Nice Guy Chris Trengove October 14, 1986 Yes-Man joins Mon*Star in his transformation chamber and emerges with more power and intelligence, before deciding to take control of the Mob himself.
28 Music of the Spheres Lee Schneider October 15, 1986 As Haley’s Comet passes through Limbo Galaxy, the SilverHawks plan to steer it towards Mon*Star’s base of operation, Brim*Star.
29 Limbo Gold Rush Stephen Perry October 16, 1986 A space prospector strikes gold on Automata but three outlaws jump his claim and plan to steal all his gold for themselves.
30 Countdown to Zero Chris Trengove October 17, 1986 When the Copper Kidd goes to Automata to fix Monotone, he is ambushed by the Mo-Lec-U-Lar and Zero the Memory Thief who is there to drain all of the supercomputer’s memory banks.
31 Amber Amplifier Bill Ratter October 20, 1986 Mo-Lec-U-Lar steals the Amber Amplifier, the Artificial Sun’s energy magnifier, and Hardware then fits it to his energy gun to create the most formidable weapon that the SilverHawks have faced.
32 The Saviour Stone Bob Haney October 21, 1986 The Mob and the SilverHawks battle for possession of a rock which is the only item that can restore the Earth’s decaying magnetic field.
33 Smiley Bruce Shlain October 22, 1986 The Mob activates Smiley, super heavyweight robot champion of limbo, and Mon*Star sends him to torch the SilverHawks with this powerful heat waves.
34 Gotbucks Bob Haney October 23, 1986 Lord Cash hires Gotbucks, a security robot, to act as Dollare’s new security chief but he gets abducted by the Mob.
35 Melodia’s Siren Song Lawrence DuKore October 24, 1986 When Quicksilver and Tally-Hawk go to the aid of a gold freighter under attack, they are captured by Hardware and the Mob.
36 Tally-Hawk Returns Stephanie Swafford October 27, 1986 Mo-Lec-U-Lar steals the remote control of Tally-Hawk and Hardware then uses it to instruct Tally-Hawk to attack the SilverHawks.
37 Undercover Danny Peary October 28, 1986 Mon*Star and his Mob block the supply of oil to the Artificial Sun of Limbo Galaxy as they plan to create their own artificial sun on BrimStar.
38 Eye of Infinity Kenneth Vose October 29, 1986 Mon*Star gets his hands on the notorious Eye of Infinity, the most destructive force in the universe, and Hotwing plans to retrieve the crystal before Hardware can figure out how to use its powers.
39 A Piece of the Action Bruce W. Smith October 30, 1986 Mon*Star threatens to flood the planet of Bedlama unless he is paid a hefty ransom.
40 Flashback Kimberly Morris October 31, 1986 A young SilverHawk travels back in time to prevent the annihilation of the SIlverHawks at the hands of the Mob.
41 Super Birds Bruce Shlain November 3, 1986 Under Mon*Star’s orders, Hardware constructs a giant Sky-Shadow to destroy the SilverHawks.
42 The Blue Door Cy Young November 4, 1986 Disguising himself as Mon*Star, Mo-Lec-U-Lar leads the SilverHawks on a wild goose chase while the real Mon*Star attacks Hawk Haven.
43 The Star of Bedlama Kimberly Morris November 5, 1986 The SilverHawks and the Mob both have their eyes set on a valuable diamond.
44 The Illusionist Jeri Craden November 6, 1986 Mon*Star manages to put Hotwing under the spell of the Light Star and then sends him to attack Hawk Haven.
45 The Bounty Hunter Returns Steve Perry November 7, 1986 The Bounty Hunter breaks out of Penal Planet 10 and sets up a new bas in order to exact revenge on the SilverHawks.
46 The Bounty Chase Bruce W. Smith November 10, 1986 Mo-Lec-U-Lar steals the new key to Dollare’s main vault and leads Steelwill on a wild goose chase around the Galaxy of Limbo.
47 Switch -V|-P|- Mundy November 11, 1986 A strange cosmic storm switches the personalities of everybody, turning the SilverHawks bad and the Mob good.
48 Junkyard Dog Bob Haney November 12, 1986 By disguising himself as a garbageman, Mo-Lec-U-Lar steals a case containing vital mechanical parts without which Commander Stargazer will not be able to survive.
49 Window in Time -V|-P|- Mundy November 13, 1986 Hardware manages to travel back in time to Earth when the SilverHawks are just leaving for Limbo Galaxy and it is up to Flashback to stop him from sabotaging the Miraj.
50 Gangwar – Part I William Overgard November 14, 1986 Melodia and Poker-Face decide to overthrow Mon*Star and take control of the Mob themselves.
51 Gangwar – Part II William Overgard November 17, 1986 Using the Sky-Chomper, Mon*Star breaks out Hardware and Buzz-Saw from the Penal Planet 10 before turning the Sky-Chomper on Hawk Haven.
52 Sneak Attack – Part I Cy Young November 18, 1986 Under Commander Stargazer’s order, Quicksilver and Hotwing embark on a dangerous mission to BrimStar to arrest Mon*Star, but the Mob aren’t going to let their leader be taken without a fight.
53 Sneak Attack – Part II Cy Young November 19, 1986 Hardware frees Mon*Star from the Penal Planet 10 and Mon*Star then launches a deadly attack on the SilverHawks.
54 Moon*Star Alice Knox and Peter Larson November 20, 1986 Poker-Face hands Mon*Star a chunk of the Moon*Star which endows the villain with incredible new powers and the SilverHawks now have to stop this Super Mon*Star.
55 Diamond Stick-Pin Peter Lawrence November 21, 1986 The Mob hire Zeek to be their limo driver and then hand him a diamond stick-pin bomb to annihilate the SilverHawks.
56 Burnout Bill Ratner November 24, 1986 Zero steals Professor Powers memory and focuses all the energy of the Aritifcial Sun on Hawk Haven where Stargazer and the Steel twins are trapped.
57 Battle Cruiser Lee Schnieder November 25, 1986 Mon*Star plans to go to Earth and start a crime wave while Stargazer employs two new SilverHawks, MoonStryker and Condor.
58 Small World Kimberly Morris November 26, 1986 The Mob shrink and steal Automata but are unaware the planet has a faulty valve which could cause it to explode and destroy the entire Galaxy of LImbo.
59 Match-Up Bruce W. Smith November 27, 1986 After being imprisoned in Penal Planet 10, Wind Hammer organizes a spectacular boxing match inside the prison to create a diversion which would allow him to escape.
60 Stargazer’s Refit William Overgard November 28, 1986 Under Mon*Star’s orders and armed with deadly meltdown discs, Mo-Lec-U-Lar goes out to eliminate Commander Stargazer.
61 The Invisible Destroyer Dow Flint Kowalczyk December 1, 1986 Hardware’s latest invention is an Invisible Laser Satellite which he intends to use to conquer Bedlama.
62 The Harder They Fall Chris Trengove December 2, 1986 After rebuilding the giant Sky-Shadow, the Mob plan to use it to tow Penal Planet 10 to Brim*Star and enlist all the prisoners in the Mob.
63 Uncle Rattler Beth Bornstein December 3, 1986 Yes-Man’s uncle Rattler steals the SilverHawks payroll shipment before the Mob can get to it.
64 Zeek’s Power Matthew Malach December 4, 1986 The Magical Orb sent from Earth to recharge Hotwing’s powers is intercepted by Zeek who successfully convinces the Orb to endow him with Hotwing’s powers.
65 Airshow Peter Lawrence December 5, 1986 Disguising himself as the Miraj, Mo-Lec-U-Lar wreaks havoc in the Air Show organized by the SilverHawks to celebrate the Independence Day in the Galaxy of Limbo.

Spin-offs[edit]

toys

Action figures[edit]

The SilverHawks action figure collection based on the animated series was produced by Kenner and first released in 1987. LJN, the makers of the ThunderCats figures, originally were to produce the SilverHawks figures but decided to pass on the project at the last minute. Each figure was packaged with a companion bird and, similar to the popular Super Powers Collection, had an action feature of some type. The second series of figures is harder to find than the first with Ultrasonic Quicksilver being the most difficult. The MonStar with Laser Lance, Copper Kidd with Laser Discs, and the Copper Racer vehicle were not produced but were shown in the 1988 Kenner toy catalog. The Hawk Haven Fortress was also never released, due to the high production costs it would incur. Many recurring characters were never made, including Yes-Man, Melodia and Poker-Face.

Weapon-birds[edit]

The weapon-birds are cyborg animal companions released with most of the action figures. While Tally-Hawk appeared in almost all of the episodes in the series, all other "weapon-birds" only appeared in a handful of episodes. In the episode "The Fighting Hawks", the weapon-birds for the Steel Twins were accidentally switched from the toy versions. The weapon-birds are listed below, with their partner's name in parentheses.

  • Tally-Hawk (Quicksilver)
  • Side Man (Bluegrass)
  • Rayzor (Steelheart)
  • Stronghold (Steelwill)
  • May-Day (Copper Kidd)
  • Sly-Bird (Stargazer)
  • Gyro (Hotwing)
  • Backlash (Flashback)
  • Tail-Spin (Moon Stryker)
  • Jet Stream (Condor)
  • Sky Shadow (Mon*Star) - a bat, rather than a bird
  • Prowler (Hardware) - A green flying dragon
  • Volt-Ure (Mo-Lec-U-Lar)
  • Shredator (Buzz-Saw)
  • Airshock (Mumbo-Jumbo)

Comics[edit]

Silverhawks Issues 1-7.

Marvel Comics' kid-friendly imprint Star Comics (which also published ThunderCats) released a seven-issue series.[7] Writers included Steve Perry, who also wrote for the animated series.[8][9]

Issue Title Cover Date Synopsis
1 The Origin Story August 1987 When Mon*Star escapses Penal Planet 10 and breaks out the rest of the Mob, Commander Stargazer calls Earth for reinforcements. Four human volunteers and one volunteer from the Planet of Mimes are transformed into Silverhawks and are soon on their way to the Limbo Galaxy and Hawk Haven, their home for the next few centuries. But Mon*Star organizes a welcome party.
2 Kidnapped October 1987 When Tallyhawk catches Mon*Star and Hardware planning on kidnapping Commander Stargazer, Stargazer decides its his chance to get all of the Mob's secrets from their computer banks.
3 Clementine December 1987 The Space Bandit jumps a claim on Automata and his loud mouth brings Melodia to get the gold for Mon*star. Bluegrass goes to bring them in, but soon needs rescue himself. But it turns out Automata has secrets no one but the prospector knew.
4 Copper Kidd Beats The Odds February 1988 The gambler Percunius Wadsworth Wellington shows up at Hawkhaven saying he's been robbed by the Mob. Poker-face has a new game at the Starship Casino and wasn't happy that Wellington won big before Poker-face rigged it. But the Silverhawks can't do anything to help him - the Starship Casino lies beyond the Lightyear Limit - the end of their jurisdiction. Copper Kidd volunteers to take him home but decides to help him win back his money instead. Stargazer orders the other Silverhawks to stop him because Earth would disband them if he beat the Mob and what the Mob would do to him isn't worth mentioning.
5 Fantascreen April 1988 Hardware builds a machine that'll show someone's greatest fantasy and make them a mindless slave. When Steelwill is enslaved by it, Steelheart and the other Silverhawks go to his rescue. But what will Steelheart do when she's the only one left?
6 A Few Laughs With The Old Crowd June 1988 When Stargazer bungles the Silverhawks capture of the Mon*Star and the Mob, he decides to head back to Earth for upgrades. But what's he going to do when Mon*Star conquers Hawkhaven and Copper Kidd is the only one left to call for help?
7 Darkbird August 1988 Lord Cash of the Bankworld of Dolare calls help when Quicksilver appears to attack. But Tallyhawk has a report from Brim*Star - Hardware built a fake Silverhawk for Mon*Star! Can the Silverhawks defeat Darkbird?
merchandise

Merchandise[edit]

Several other pieces of SilverHawks merchandise were released in the 1980s, including a board game, puzzles, bed sheets, and a plastic pencil pouch with the main characters on one side. Pajamas were also produced, which included wing flaps under the arms to more resemble the characters.

ThunderCats (2011)[edit]

In the 2011 ThunderCats remake, Mon*Star briefly appears in a cameo in the episode "Legacy". He was seen on a monitor in the bridge of Mumm-Ra's ship.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "SilverHawks: The Amber Amplifier Episode Summary". TV.com. 1986-10-20. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  2. ^ "SilverHawks: Countdown to Zero Episode Summary". TV.com. 1986-10-17. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  3. ^ "SilverHawks: The Saviour Stone Episode Summary". TV.com. 1986-10-21. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  4. ^ "SilverHawks: Gotbucks Episode Summary". TV.com. 1986-10-23. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  5. ^ "Silverhawks - Formal Press release for Season 1, Volume 1 DVD Set". Archived from the original on 2012-04-11.
  6. ^ "Silverhawks - Update for the 4-DVD 'Volume 2' Set: Date, Cost, Final Art and Pre-Order Link!". Archived from the original on 2012-02-03.
  7. ^ "Silverhawks (Marvel comic book) - 7 issues". Comicvine.com. Retrieved 2011-12-10.
  8. ^ Silverhawks at the Grand Comics Database
  9. ^ "ThunderCats writer Stephen Perry murdered". Sci Fi Online. Archived from the original on 2011-05-15. Retrieved 2011-04-08.
  10. ^ "EXCLUSIVE: ThunderCats Episode 7 Clip 'Legacy' Reveals SilverHawks And TigerSharks!". MTV. Archived from the original on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2011-08-31.

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