Mego expanded their line of World's Greatest Super-Heroes (as well as other lines, but we'll get to those another time) with their Bend N Flex line!
As you might've noticed, the Super Gals figures are the hardest to find these days in the card. It's kind of funny, but with all the retro-Mego-style toys that've been made the past few years, nobody's looking at reissuing the Bend-N-Flex stuff!
So, when I was living in Wisconsin with my first wife, Barbara, we kind of entered into a new golden age of Beatles collectibles, with all sorts of new items coming out -- especially stuff based on Yellow Submarine, which was coming out in a new release on home video, with extra footage added in (most notably, the missing "Hey Bulldog" sequence). There were two "beanie baby" type of toys produced -- the Yellow Submarine itself, seen above, and the chief Blue Meanie. I used to have both of them, but after Barbara passed away, and I moved back to Washington, jobs were hard to come by, and I had to sell a bunch of stuff off... so this is what's left of that set of two. Apparently, it didn't sell all that great, as I can't seem to find a current listing for any of these on eBay -- and I'm not interested in selling mine!
It's a remarkable likeness of its animated counterpart, and the attention to detail is striking! I just find myself wishing they'd done versions of the Beatles from the cartoon as well!
Wow, this should've been the set of stuff to run last time, five days before my birthday, as it begins right away with stuff I would've wanted!
Time Machine German lobby cards, with more after the jump!
school teacher is given a red suit by aliens that gives him super
powers, but he loses the instruction book, and then teams up with an
FBI agent and his girlfriend to fight crime.
Total Episodes: 44
Original Air Dates:
March 18, 1981 – February 3, 1983
(William Katt): The title character, he hates wearing the suit, and
his attempts to use it often lead to comical results. At least during
the first season, when Ralph would crash while flying, he'd simply
say, “Damn.” His last name was changed after the attempted
assassination of Ronald Reagan, although this was only temporary,
returning to Hinkley in the second season.
(Robert Culp): FBI Agent who ropes Ralph in to use the suit to help
solve his cases. He doesn't have a lot of respect for Ralph or his
teaching, and would prefer that Ralph use the suit full time.
(Connie Selecca): Ralph's lawyer girlfriend, she actually handled his
divorce. By the end of the series, they're married. It's amazing
she's able to continue practicing the law, given how often she's
helping Ralph and Bill.
(Don Cervantes), Rhonda Blake
(Faye Grant), Tony Villicana
(Michael Paré), Cyler Johnson
(Jesse D. Goins), and Les Carlisle
(William Bogert): Ralph's students, all unaware of Ralph's other
guested in a few episodes, he was Hal on Captain
Video and His Video Rangers,
guested on Tom
Corbett, Space Cadet, had
several roles on Dennis
(1961-1963), voiced Superboy on those segments of The
and variations thereof, voiced the Raven on The
guest-starred in The
Twilight Zone, I Dream of Jeannie, Batman, The Flying Nun, Nanny and
the Professor, voiced
Henry Glopp on Jeannie,
D.D. On Clue
did assorted voices on Challenge
of the Super Friends,
guested in The
New Adventures of Wonder Woman,
the Phantom of the Opera in The
Munsters' Revenge, and
later, achieved new fame among geekdom for voicing Commissioner James
Gordon in Batman:
The Animated Series and
the spin-offs. Oh, and in his youth, he voiced Archie on the Archie
guested in a number of episodes, earlier he'd guested in a Battlestar
and later, guested in a Knight
and in three episodes of Quantum
His directing credits include 15 episodes of Quantum
episodes of The
X-Files, Nowhere Man, Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Buffy the
Vampire Slayer, Strange World, The Pretender, Angel, Roswell,
Dark Angel, Star Trek:
Enterprise, Dead Like Me, Witchblade, and
also guested in a number of episodes, he'd previously guested on The
Green Hornet, Batman, Mission: Impossible, The Magician, Logan's Run,
Planet of the
He later guested on Swamp
His stunt credits include Ice
Station Zebra, Planet of the Apes (TV
Run, Buck Rogers in the 25th
Century, TRON, My Science Project, The Last Starfighter, The
Adventures of Superboy, Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, Swamp Thing,
and many others.
guest star Kurt
had also guested on The
Six Million Dollar Man, Mission: Impossible, and
Adventures of Wonder Woman.
had guested in three episodes of Battlestar
appeared in the TV movie Captain
(1979) as well as an episode of The
(1979), an episode of Buck
Rogers in the 25th
two episodes of The
and later appeared in Real
guest star Red West
had been seen in Journey
to the Center of the Earth
as well as the Elvis Presley movies Blue
Hawaii, Follow That Dream, Kid Galahad, Girls! Girls! Girls!, Fun in
many others, because he was part of Elvis' “Memphis Mafia.” He
also can be seen in The
Navy Vs. the Night Monsters,
two episodes of Mission:
impressive 30 episodes of The
Wild Wild West
as various henchmen and thugs, episodes of The
Six Million Dollar Man, Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider, and
star Melvin F.
previously appeared in The
Return of Dracula,
as well as guesting in episodes of Shazam!,
The Six Million
Dollar Man, The Incredible Hulk, Time Express, and
Adventures of Wonder Woman.Benny Medina,
who played Chaffey in three episodes, also guested on a Shazam!Anthony Charnota,
who guested thrice, had earlier appeared in a pair of The
episodes, playing Quinn in the two-parter “The Chinese Web.”
played Pam's mom in two episodes, and of course, you'll remember her
as Maureen Robinson from Lost
as well as a bunch of other roles that I'll cover when we get to her
other geek credits include guesting on Kung
in Baby: Secret
of the Lost Legend,
playing Roger Cobb in the movie House
(a horror film, not the medical show), voicing Zowie in an episode of
voicing the Green Guardsman in two episodes of Justice
guesting on Andromeda,
House M.D., Alian Vs. Hunter, Heroes, and
Brave and the Bold
had guested on The
Man From UNCLE, a
few episodes of The
and a Get Smart.
Of course, he also starred opposite Bill Cosby on I
He also starred in the TV movie Spectre
(a Gene Roddenberry pilot), guested as Mr. Darryl in two episodes of
Clark: The New Adventures of Superman,
voiced Halcyon Renard on Gargoyles,
played a businessman in Spy
and lent his voice to a stop-motion Bill Maxwell in an episode of
before he passed away in 2010.
was married to TV Buck Rogers Gil Gerard, but that's just trivia. She
had starred in Beyond
and appeared in Captain
America II: Death Too Soon.
who played Rhonda on the show, also guest-starred in episodes of The
Incredible Hulk, Voyagers!, and
Tales of the
she played Julet Parish in the original version of V.
1986, the original cast reunited for a pilot called The
Greatest American Heroine,
in which it was revealed that Ralph's identity was revealed to the
public, making him a celebrity, and so the aliens make him give the
suit to someone else, and then erase all memory of Ralph's exploits.
The new hero is Holly Hathaway (Mary Ellen Stuart), an elementary
school teacher. The pilot was not picked up, and the pilot was edited
into a regular episode and added to the syndicated package. As of
this writing, a feature film version of the show is planned for
release in 2013.
Original Appearances: “Peck Up
Your Troubles,” 1945
Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, The Looney Toons Show
Biography: Hector, usually shown
as Granny's pet, is most often seen as a protector of Tweety Bird,
saving him from being eaten by Sylvester (not that Tweety's really
needed that much help). Typically, Hector's defense of Tweety
involves his immense strength, although sometimes he does outwit
Sylvester (In The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries,
he was portrayed as strong but dumb, with Sylvester outwitting him
regularly). He's also sometimes been called Spike.
Powers: Immense strength.
Group Affiliation: Typically,
second appearance was in A
Hare Grows in Manhattan,
which starred Bugs Bunny.
This episode, "Don't Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth," was written by Dave Evans, and directed by Robert Rafelson. Both of the songs used in the episode, "All The King's Horses" and "Papa Gene's Blues," were written by Michael Nesmith. As noted before, the latter song appeared on the Monkees' self-titled album, while "All The King's Horses" wouldn't appear on any of the original Monkees' albums; instead, a version was released on Rhino's "Missing Links 2," although it's a different mix than what was on the TV show. The original version is available for download as a bootleg (not that I'm saying you should do that, of course). The guest cast was Henry Corden as Mr. Babbitt (the landlord), Jesslyn Fax as Mrs. Purdy, Jim Boles as Farmer Fisher, Chuck Bail as Jenkins, Kerry MacLaine as Jonathan, and Jerry Colonna as Dr. Mann.
Credits: Written by Stan Lee,
Layouts by Jack Kirby, Pencils and Inks by Bill Everett, Letters by
Supporting Cast: Thunderbolt
Ross, Glenn Talbot, Betty Ross, Rick Jones
Villain: Boomerang, The Secret
Hulk Intelligence: We're ptetty
much at dumb brute Hulk here.
Plot: Having rescued Betty from
Boomerang, the Hulk stands over her, brooding, while Betty wonders if
she's gone from the frying pan into the fire. The Hulk starts to walk
by her, to the side of the mountain they're on, and digs himself a
handy cave, which he carries Betty into to get her out of the rain.
Betty asks him to take her to her father, but the Hulk refuses,
because he knows her father hates him. She starts believing that the
Hulk is really Bruce, and asks what could have transformed him into
the Hulk, but of course, there's no answer. Meanwhile, the Secret
Empire isn't happy with Boomerang, but when they catch a radio report
that a task force is being gathered to track down the Hulk, Boomerang
takes off again for another try at the Orion Missile, which he was
supposed to steal for the Secret Empire. Ross is determined to find
the Hulk, meanwhile. At the cave, the Hulk notices the rain has
stopped, and gathers up branches for a fire, which he starts by
smashing two rocks together with such force it ignites them. He then
leaps off in search of food, but is soon spotted by the soldiers, who
fire on him. Back at the base, Talbot's been left behind to guard the
Orion Missile, but then Boomerang attacks, causing an explosion in
the warehouse the missile's being kept in! To keep it away from the
flames, Talbot orders the missile removed from there, which is what
Boomerang wants! Meanwhile, at a meeting of the Secret Empire, Number
Two is accused of trying to rise to number one, no matter who gets in
his way, but when he's confronted, he throws a stun grenade, which
he's immune to thanks to wearing armor under his robes. Meanwhile,
the Hulk attacks the soldiers who were shooting at him, but Rick
shows up, and kind of calms the Hulk down; the Hulk stops his
rampage, and instead grabs Rick and General Ross, and leaps off with
them, taking them to Betty! When Betty tells her father she wasn't
afraid, that she really believes he is Bruce Banner, he can't believe
it. The Hulk gets angry at this interchange, and leaps away, despite
Rick trying to get him to stay.
Invention Exchange: Number Two's
Stun Grenade and Armor.
Super-Heroes #38, Essential
Notes: Adapted as episode 39 of
the 1966 Hulk animated series. There's a lot of different plots going
on in this issue, isn't there?
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