Ultraforce

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Ultraforce
Publication information
PublisherMalibu Comics
Marvel Comics
First appearancePre-Black September:
Ultraforce #1 (August 1994)
Post-Black September:
Ultraforce vol. 2, #1 (October 1995)
In-story information
Base(s)Pre-Black September:
Ultraforce HQ, Florida
Post-Black September:
Ultraforce HQ, Headless Cross, Arkansas
Member(s)See roster

The Ultraforce is a fictional superhero group that appears in comic books published by Malibu, and later Marvel, as well as an animated series produced by DIC. Their purpose was to protect the public and keep other Ultras from getting out of line. The membership consisted of various "ultras" (superheroes) in Malibu's Ultraverse, including the super-strong Prime; Topaz, warrior queen of Gwendor; Prototype, Ultra-Tech's armored spokesperson; the undead Ghoul, the last surviving member of the Exiles; Hardcase, one of the first public Ultras; and the mysterious Contrary, who organized the team and provided their technology.[1]

Pre-Black September[edit]

Post-Black September[edit]

After the event known as "Black September" (when Marvel Comics purchased Malibu), the Ultraforce was re-created into a new team. Hardcase and Contrary were removed from the team, and from the memories of their former teammates. Prototype (Jimmy Ruiz) was also removed, though he was replaced by his predecessor in the Prototype armor, Bob Campbell. New members included the mysterious Lament and Wreckage. Marvel's Black Knight became the leader of the new group. This series lasted only 15 issues and ended after the Malibu line was shut down by Marvel.

Roster[edit]

The names listed are those used while the character was associated with Ultraforce. "First appearance" is the place where the character first appeared as a member of the team. It is not necessarily the first appearance of the character in print, nor the story depicting how the character joined the team. All information is listed in publication order first, then alphabetical.

Pre-Black September[edit]

Character Real name First appearance Notes
Contrary Unknown Allegedly was "Wetware Mary".
Ghoul Jonathan Martin Exiles #1
Hardcase Tom Hawke Hardcase #1
Pixx Penny Burka Giant-Size Freex #1
Prime Kevin Green Prime #1
Prototype Jimmy Ruiz Prototype #1
Topaz N/A Giant-Size Mantra #1
Black Knight Dane Whitman
Siren
The Night Man Johnny Domino
Electrocute Candy (android) Strangers #1
Zip-Zap Leon Balford Strangers #1
Grenade Hugh Fox Strangers #1
Spectral Dave Castiglone Strangers #1
Atom Bob Bob Hardin Strangers #1

Post-Black September[edit]

Character Real name First appearance Notes
Black Knight Dane Whitman
Prime Kevin Green
Prototype Bob Campbell
Topaz N/A
Ghoul Jonathan Martin
Hellblade Jefferson Kotto
Amber Hunt N/A
Ironclad Spencer Collins
Lament Sarah Walks Unseen
Maxis Dar'u Sorrin
Ripfire
Wreckage

Animated series[edit]

UltraForce
GenreAnimation
Developed byMartha Moran (episodes 1-9)
Robert N. Skir and Marty Isenberg (episodes 10-13)
Voices ofAndrew Jackson
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producer(s)Andy Heyward
Michael Malani
Producer(s)Scott Mitchell Rosenberg
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)DIC Productions L.P.
Bohbot Entertainment
DistributorBohbot Entertainment
Release
Original networkUSA Network
Original releaseDecember 21, 1994 –
April 26, 1995 (1995-04-26)

There was a short-lived Ultraforce animated television series that ran for 13 episodes. It was based on the first version of the Ultraforce comic book, and was produced by DiC Productions L.P. and Bohbot Entertainment.[2][3] There was also an Ultraforce action figure line produced by Galoob.

Episode list[edit]

Episode Title Script Original airdate Production number
1"Prime Time"Martha Moran21 December 1994 (1994-12-21)1
Part one of the series pilot. The return of the creature NM-E at a missile base ends up bringing together Ultra heroes Hardcase, Prime and Prototype together. But unbeknownst to them, NM-E is working for someone...
2"The Stuff of Heroes"Eric Luke8 February 1995 (1995-02-08)2
Part two of the pilot. With the missiles under his control, Atalon begins his attack on the surface world. But can our heroes learn to work together to stop him? Meanwhile, the alien warrior queen Topaz arrives on Earth.
3"Armageddon"Martha Moran15 February 1995 (1995-02-15)3
Conclusion to the pilot. The battle between UltraForce and Atalon reaches its climax as Atalon launches at attack on the surface world. But one member won’t be coming back....
4"Lord Pumpkin's Pie"Dennis O'Flaherty22 February 1995 (1995-02-22)4
Prototype, tired of fighting Ultratech, takes some time off to return home.
5"You Can't Go Home Again"Dennis O'Flaherty1 March 1995 (1995-03-01)5
Prototype is called back to his old neighborhood dismal to strange goings on, and deals with a new crime lord, the supernatural being known as Lord Pumpkin.
6"Wrack & Ruin"Douglas Booth8 March 1995 (1995-03-08)6
Prime is taken into custody by the government organization, Aladdin, when he is believed to be infected with a strain of rogue DNA. But there’s more to this story than it seems...
7"Night and The Nightman"Richard Mueller15 March 1995 (1995-03-15)8
An accident leaves jazz saxophonist Johnny Domino with the telepathic abilitiy to hear evil thoughts. But Johnny soon discovers that something else was created in the accident...and a new hero is born to battle it.
8"Prime Ambition"Bob Forward22 March 1995 (1995-03-22)7
Prime may end up learning the origin of his powers while stopping a bank robbery committed by two kids with powers similar to his own.
9"A Veiled Threat"Diane M. Fresco29 March 1995 (1995-03-29)9
Hardcase's new co-star may be hiding a secret, so Ultraforce investigates her.
10"Pump It Up!"Len Wein (story)
Robert N. Skir and Marty Isenberg (story/teleplay)
5 April 1995 (1995-04-05)10
Lord Pumpkin returns as the manager of a young Ultra rock star, whose music places teenagers under mind control. And things get really bad for Ghoul when Prime falls under it as well!
11"Primal Scream"Marty Isenberg and Robert N. Skir12 April 1995 (1995-04-12)11
Kevin begins having trouble controlling his more bestial side, Prime.
12"Everything That Rises Must Converge"Robert N. Skir and Marty Isenberg19 April 1995 (1995-04-19)13
A new team known as "The Strangers" is formed when the passengers of a cable car are struck by lightning and acquire Ultra abilities.
13"Jumpin' at the Boneyard"Robert N. Skir and Marty Isenberg26 April 1995 (1995-04-26)12
Boneyard finds a source of power on the moon and Ultraforce must stop him.

Voice cast[edit]

Philip Akin Amos Crawley Janet-Laine Green
Rick Bennett Murray Cruchley Katie Griffin
Robert Bockstael Diane D'Aquila Graham Haley
Sally Cahill Catherine Disher Tom Harvey
Patrick Chilvers Shirley Douglas Dan Hennessey
Jessie Collins Michael Fletcher David Hewlett
Alyson Court David Fox Andrew Jackson
Eve Crawford Tamara Gorski Don Francks
David Keeley Susan Roman Bruce Tubbe
Lorne Kennedy Rino Romano Marlow Vella
Shannon Lawson Camilla Scott Johnny White
Kristina Nicoll Chuck Shamata Chris Wiggins
Jeff Max Nicholls Norm Spencer Peter Wildman
Nicole Oliver John Stocker Rod Wilson
Max Piersig Stuart Stone Jaimz Woolvett
Toby Proctor Sunny Besen Thrasher Richard Yearwood

Reception[edit]

The TV show had a poor reception from critics.[2][3][4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'UltraForce' superheroes invade the Sunday TV cartoon universe". Nl.newsbank.com. Retrieved 2013-10-22.
  2. ^ a b "10 Worst Comic Book Animated Series of All Time". Newsarama. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  3. ^ a b "The 10 Most Obnoxious '90s Cartoon Theme Songs". Topless Robot. Retrieved 2012-12-18.
  4. ^ "Chat Transcript: Writer Steve Englehart". Comic Book Resources. Retrieved 2012-12-18.

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