Space Ghost (TV series)

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Space Ghost
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Space Ghost title card
Created byAlex Toth
Directed byWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Voices ofGary Owens
Tim Matheson
Ginny Tyler
Don Messick
Mike Road
Keye Luke
Music byTed Nichols
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
ProducersWilliam Hanna
Joseph Barbera
Running time30 minutes
Production companyHanna-Barbera Productions
DistributorTaft Broadcasting
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 10, 1966 (1966-09-10) –
September 16, 1967 (1967-09-16)
Chronology
Related showsMoby Dick and Mighty Mightor
The Herculoids
Shazzan
Space Stars
Space Ghost Coast to Coast

Space Ghost is an American superhero animated television series produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions. It first aired on CBS from September 10, 1966, to September 16, 1967, and continued reruns until September 7, 1968.[1] The series was composed of two unrelated segments, Space Ghost and Dino Boy in the Lost Valley.[2] The series was created by Alex Toth[3] and produced and directed by William Hanna and Joseph Barbera. Sometimes, it is alternatively called Space Ghost & Dino Boy, to acknowledge the presence of both shows.[4]

Space Ghost[edit]

Space Ghost, along with teenaged sidekicks Jan and Jace and their pet monkey Blip, fight villains in outer space. Usually, Space Ghost's sidekicks would get captured or trapped by the villains, and Space Ghost would have to defeat the villains and save the day. His enemies included Zorak, Brak and his brother Sisto, the Creature King,[5] the Black Widow (a.k.a. the Spider Woman), Lokar, Moltar, and Metallus.

Voice cast[edit]

Dino Boy in the Lost Valley[edit]

Dino Boy is a young boy called Todd who parachuted out of a crashing plane with his parents still on board.[6]

He lands in an unknown South American valley where dinosaurs, prehistoric mammals, and cavemen have somehow survived extinction and now live alongside some strange creatures and various tribes like the Moss Men, the Rock Pygmies, the Worm People and the Vampire Men, amongst others.

Dino Boy then meets the caveman Ugh (who saves Dino Boy from a Smilodon when he first arrives) and his pet baby Brontosaurus Bronty who become his friends in the episodes to come. The cartoon also features a woolly mammoth named Tusko who Ugh would enlist in certain episodes to help him, Dino Boy, and Bronty out.

Voice cast[edit]

List of episodes[edit]

With the exception of the final two half-hour shows (the "Council of Doom" episodes), each episode featured two Space Ghost segments with one Dino Boy segment between them.

No. Plot Original air date
1
  • "The Heat Thing": A lava monster attacks Jace on Jupiter. Space Ghost must save him from the monster.
  • "The Worm People": A tribe of worm-like creatures captures Dino Boy and Ugh must plan a rescue.
  • "Zorak": Zorak, one of Space Ghost's enemies, is freed from prison by his henchmen and kidnaps the twins in a revenge plot against Space Ghost.
  • Note: Jupiter is incorrectly depicted as a crater-filled rocky planet in this episode.
September 10, 1966
2
  • "The Lizard Slavers": Lizard-like slavers capture Jan and Jace for stumbling across their base.
  • "The Moss Men": While running from a T-rex, Dino Boy and Ugh are captured by the Moss Men after falling into a water-filled hole that leads to their lair. The Moss Men plan to use Dino Boy as a sacrifice. Ugh must defeat the Moss Men and rescue Dino Boy before it is too late.
  • "The Web": The Black Widow plans to kill Space Ghost with her minions, the Tarantopods, on her planet.
September 17, 1966
3
  • "Creature King": After suffering a reactor burnout, Jan and Jace land on a planet where huge animals live and are controlled by the Creature King.
  • "The Treemen": Dino Boy is captured by a group of Treemen to serve as a sacrifice and Ugh must leap into action with the help of some mammoths.
  • "The Sandman": The Sandman has attacked military units to draw Space Ghost to him in order to destroy his mind and conquer the world.
September 24, 1966
4
  • "The Evil Collector": The Collector shrinks people to use in a real-life cat-and-mouse game involving his pet six-legged alien cat Dracto.
  • "The Fire God": A Fire God captures Dino Boy. The Saber-Tooth People plan to sacrifice him, but Ugh is determined to foil them.
  • "The Drone": A mysterious figure uses a robot to steal the Phantom Cruiser. Space Ghost and the twins must retrieve it.
October 1, 1966
5
  • "Homing Device": Metallus threatens to destroy Earth with a missile unless Space Ghost surrenders to him.
  • "The Mighty Snow Creature": Dino Boy and Ugh venture into the snow-capped mountains to rescue a young tribal girl from a large Snow Creature.
  • "The Robot Master": Metallus uses a robot fleet to take over Space Ghost's planet.
October 8, 1966
6
  • "The Iceman": Zeron attacks Space Ghost by using a powerful ice ray.
  • "The Wolf People": Ugh is captured by the Wolf People. Dino Boy and Bronty must save him.
  • "Hi-Jackers": Jan and Jace are captured by Tansit after they witness his hi-jacking of a ship.
October 15, 1966
7
  • "The Energy Monster": Space Ghost must fight a monster created by Dr. Soonev in a lab accident.
  • "Valley of the Giants": During an earthquake, Bronty is captured by a giant and Dino Boy and Ugh must save him.
  • "The Lure": Brak kidnaps Jan so that Space Ghost will not interfere in his robbery plans.
October 22, 1966
8
  • "The Cyclopeds": Space Ghost must rescue the twins from Cyclo and his robots.
  • "The Ant Warriors": Ugh is captured by the Ant Warriors after fighting a Stegosaurus and got away. Dino Boy tries to rescue him, but ends up having to save the Ant Warriors from a Megatherium.
  • "The Schemer": Space Ghost is ensnared in the Schemer's plan to kill the team.
October 29, 1966
9
  • "Lokar - King of the Killer Locusts": Lokar lures the twins to him to be captured by his killer locust robots.
  • "The Bird Riders": Dino Boy and Ugh are forced to protect a Bird Rider from the Rock Pygmies.
  • "Space Sargasso": The Lurker and his partner One Eye have been preying on ships that pass close by and now they have their sights set on the Phantom Cruiser.
November 5, 1966
10
  • "Brago": Brago's bandits attack an outpost and the twins must defend them until Space Ghost arrives.
  • "Giant Ants": While running from a volcanic eruption, Dino Boy ends up in a valley of giants. He has to run from giant ants and Ugh must come to the rescue.
  • "Revenge of the Spider Woman": Staying true to her word, the Black Widow/the Spider Woman tries to kill Space Ghost again. This time, she uses aquatic creatures.
November 12, 1966
11
  • "Attack of the Saucer Crab": Space Ghost must defeat a UFO from another galaxy that could be acting as a vanguard for an invasion.
  • "The Rock Pygmies": Dino Boy and Bronty get in trouble with a Smilodon and are separated. Bronty is captured by the Rock Pygmies and Dino Boy must save him while leaving markers to show Ugh where he went.
  • "Space Birds": An evil genius is using metal birds to attack satellites and destroy them.
November 19, 1966
12
  • "The Time Machine": Jace's time machine invention accidentally sends Jan back in time, where she is taken captive by a Viking named Tarko the Terrible. When Jace also gets captured trying to save her, it is up to Space Ghost to rescue them.
  • "Danger River": After rescuing a kid from some Birdmen, Dino Boy and Ugh row along the Danger River to bring him home, where they encounter various threats like the Snake People and dangerous river rapids.
  • "Nightmare Planet": Dr. Nightmare is planning on taking Space Ghost's brain for his mechanical monsters.
November 26, 1966
13
  • "Space Armada": Space Ghost and the twins must stop Metallus' new, powerful missiles.
  • "The Vampire Men": While showing off his kite invention to Ugh, Dino Boy ends up crashing into the mountains and ends up captured by the Vampire Men.
  • "The Challenge": Zorak resurfaces and has created a metal monster that he thinks will defeat Space Ghost. He issues a challenge to Space Ghost...if Space Ghost wins, Zorak will leave and never return. If Zorak's metal monster wins, Space Ghost must be the one who leaves forever. When Space Ghost's Power Bands somehow fail him, Jan and Jace uncover the ruse.
December 3, 1966
14
  • "Jungle Planet": The Mind Taker is abducting people to steal their knowledge.
  • "The Terrible Chase": The Sun People are hunting and start chasing Ugh. Dino Boy must save him.
  • "Ruler of the Rock Robots": The twins and Space Ghost are forced to battle Zorket and his rock robots.
  • Note: the "Jungle Planet" introduction music of the opening title is from the Dino Boy series.
December 10, 1966
15
  • "Glasstor": Glasstor captures the twins in order to force them to work in his glass mines.
  • "The Sacrifice": Ugh is captured by the Sun People to serve as a sacrifice and Dino Boy must stop them.
  • "The Space Ark": The Creature King is planning on using his monsters to conquer Jupiter. Space Ghost must prevent the mastermind from reaching that goal.
December 17, 1966
16
  • "The Sorcerer": The Sorcerer is using his powerful magic for evil and plans to challenge Space Ghost.
  • "The Marksman": Dino Boy teaches Ugh how to shoot a bow and arrow and Ugh throws his club at a rock but it was revealed to be a T-rex who attacks them. After that a Pteranodon kidnaps Dino Boy for food and Ugh must save him.
  • "The Space Piranhas": Piranor wants to use his space piranhas to take revenge on Space Ghost.
December 24, 1966
17
  • "The Ovens of Moltor": Moltor is planning on using his molten men and ships to take over the universe.
  • "The Spear Warriors": Dino Boy and Ugh are collared for attacking a Spear Warrior and have to fight their way out.
  • "Transor - The Matter Mover": Transor plans on using Jan and Jayce as specimens in his zoo.
December 31, 1966
18
  • "The Gargoyloids": Space Ghost must keep the Gargoyloids, who have inhabited a planet during their wanderings through space, from causing problems in the galaxy.
  • "Marooned": As Dino Boy teaches Ugh how to spell, they are attacked by venomous wasps who sting Ugh. Dino Boy must get some choka leaves from Misty Island or Ugh will die. At the same time, he must stop two Moss Men from sacrificing one of their own.
  • "The Looters": Brak is using sleeping gas to rob gold shipments and Space Ghost has to stop them.
January 7, 1967
19
  • "The Meeting": Metallus, the Creature King, Zorak, Moltar, Brak, and the Black Widow/the Spider Woman unite to form the Council of Doom as they plan to destroy Space Ghost. Metallus goes first and uses a fleet of robots to attack Space Ghost.
  • "Clutches of the Creature King": After defeating Metallus, Space Ghost is forced to land on the Creature King's world. Cameos by Tor/Mighty Mightor and Tog.
  • "The Deadly Trap": After Space Ghost thwarts the Creature King, Zorak plans to destroy Space Ghost using monsters. He also jettisons the twins when they try to rescue him. Cameos by Moby Dick, Tom, Tub, and Scooby.
September 9, 1967
20
  • "The Molten Monsters of Moltar": After escaping Zorak, Space Ghost and the twins are captured by Moltar. Cameos by Zandor, Tara, Dorno, and The Herculoids.
  • "Two Faces of Doom": Following Moltar's defeat, Brak and the Black Widow/the Spider Woman each take their turns to dispose of Space Ghost.
  • "The Final Encounter": Space Ghost, Jan, Jace and Blip take the final fight to the Council of Doom. Cameos by Shazzan, Chuck, Nancy, and Kaboobie. This was also the only episode to have villains not associated with the Council Of Doom, The Sultan Of The Flame and his Fire Demon.
September 16, 1967

The final two half-hour shows only feature Space Ghost. Additionally, they feature cameos from other characters (the Herculoids, Moby Dick, the Mighty Mightor, and Shazzan) that would appear in their own Hanna-Barbera series broadcasts on CBS the following (1967–68) season.

Home media[edit]

Space Ghost & Dino Boy were released on multiple VHS tapes in the 1980s put out by Worldvision Home Video and later re-released by GoodTimes Home Video under the Kids Klassics label. The episodes on the VHS tape for Space Ghost were "The Heat Thing", "Zorak", "The Creature King" and the Dino Boy episode "The Worm People". Worldvision released another VHS tape, Space Ghost and Dino Boy: Ghostly Tales; this contained the episodes "The Robot Master", The Energy Monster", "Hi-Jackers", "The Lure", and "The Schemer". The Dino Boy episodes were "Marooned" and "The Red Ants".[7] These same episodes were released in the UK by The Video Collection.

Warner Home Video (via Hanna-Barbera Cartoons and Warner Bros. Family Entertainment) released Space Ghost & Dino Boy: The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 on July 17, 2007.[8]

The DVD edition presents the episodes on two double-sided DVDs, but alters the order from the original air-date order.

Disc 1

Side A
1 - The Heat Thing / The Worm People / Zorak
2 - Creature King / The Treemen / The Lizard Slavers
3 - The Web / The Sacrifice / Homing Device
4 - The Drone / The Moss Men / The Sandman
Side B
5 - The Robot Master / Marooned / The Energy Monster
6 - Hi-Jackers / Giant Ants / The Lure
7 - The Schemer / The Rock Pygmies / The Evil Collector
8 - Lokar - King of the Killer Locusts / Danger River / Brago
9 - The Cyclopeds / The Fire God / Space Sargasso
10 - The Iceman / The Vampire Men / The Time Machine
11 - The Space Birds / The Wolf People / Attack of the Saucer Crab
12 - Nightmare Planet / Valley of the Giants / Space Armada

Disc 2

Side A
13 - Ruler of the Rock Robots / The Bird Riders / The Challenge
14 - Jungle Planet / The Marksman / Revenge of the Spider Woman
15 - The Space Ark / The Terrible Chase / Glasstor
16 - The Space Piranhas / The Spear Warriors / The Sorcerer
17 - The Ovens of Moltar / The Ant Warriors / Transor - the Matter Mover
18 - The Looters / The Mighty Snow Creature / The Gargoyloids
The final two episodes are a six-part Space Ghost story called "The Council of Doom"
19 - The Meeting / Clutches of the Creature King / The Deadly Trap
20 - The Molten Monsters of Moltar / Two Faces of Doom / The Final Encounter
Side B
Feature-Length Profile Simplicity: The Life and Art of Alex Toth

A Blu-ray set of the series was released by Warner Bros. Home Entertainment (under the Warner Archive Collection label), on October 13, 2020. The release is a two-disc set containing all 20 episodes.[9]

Comics[edit]

The TV series was adapted into a comic strip by Dan Spiegle, distributed by Gold Key Comics.[10]

Talk show/Adult Swim era[edit]

In 1994, years after the finale of the original series, Mike Lazzo pitched the idea of an adult animated parody talk show using the Space Ghost character to Cartoon Network. Voice actors George Lowe, C. Martin Croker, and Andy Merrill joined the project, which Cartoon Network would soon air as Space Ghost Coast to Coast. The series premiered on April 15, 1994, and originally ended on December 17, 1999.[11] The series was revived on May 7, 2001, and was moved to the new Adult Swim late-night programming block on September 2 of that year, where new episodes premiered until April 12, 2004. Two final seasons were released on GameTap from 2006 to 2008. Over 11 seasons, 108 episodes aired. The show gained spin-offs in the form of The Brak Show (2000–2007) and Aqua Teen Hunger Force (2000–2015), and has been cited as inspiration for a variety of Adult Swim programming in the years since its debut. In a 2014 interview, Eric Andre spoke about the show’s influence on the The Eric Andre Show, saying, “Before we started shooting, I rented as many seasons I could get my hands on and did a Space Ghost marathon by myself in my house, just so I could absorb as much Space Ghost as I could.”

Later DC Comics era[edit]

In 2016, Space Ghost and his allies and Dino Boy played a major role in the DC Comics series Future Quest, that also featured characters from various animated series produced by Hanna-Barbera such as Jonny Quest, The Herculoids, Birdman and the Galaxy Trio, Frankenstein Jr. and The Impossibles and Moby Dick and Mighty Mightor.[12]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erickson, Hal (2005). Television Cartoon Shows: An Illustrated Encyclopedia, 1949 Through 2003 (2nd ed.). McFarland & Co. pp. 767–770. ISBN 978-1476665993.
  2. ^ Woolery, George W. (1983). Children's Television: The First Thirty-Five Years, 1946-1981, Part 1: Animated Cartoon Series. Scarecrow Press. pp. 263–265. ISBN 0-8108-1557-5. Retrieved 22 March 2020.
  3. ^ Markstein, Don (2006). "Space Ghost". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Space Ghost endured and is still popular today. In large part, this is due to the artistic input of comic book veteran Alex Toth...who, on staff with Hanna-Barbera as a designer and idea man, is generally credited with having created Space Ghost.
  4. ^ Perlmutter, David (2018). The Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 569. ISBN 978-1538103739.
  5. ^ Rovin, Jeff (1987). The Encyclopedia of Supervillains. New York: Facts on File. pp. 69–70. ISBN 0-8160-1356-X.
  6. ^ Markstein, Don (2010). "Dino Boy in the Lost Valley". Don Markstein's Toonopedia. Archived from the original on June 20, 2014.
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2017-05-22. Retrieved 2017-07-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Space Ghost and Dino Boy DVD news: Announcement for Space Ghost and Dino Boy - The Complete Series". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on 2007-08-27.
  9. ^ "Space Ghost and Dino Boy: The Complete Series Blu-ray Disc Details | High-Def Digest". bluray.highdefdigest.com. Retrieved 2020-10-16.
  10. ^ "Dan Spiegle". lambiek.net. Archived from the original on 2015-09-19. Retrieved 2017-03-01.
  11. ^ "'Space Ghost Coast to Coast' Is Still Influential and Funny, 25 Years Later". Geek.com. 2019-04-12. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019. Retrieved 2019-05-07.
  12. ^ "Future Quest (DC Comics)". DC Comics. June 27, 2016. Archived from the original on December 22, 2016. Retrieved December 15, 2016.

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