JONNY QUEST: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE TENSE

15 Apr

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Never get around to ballyhoo much about one of my favorite Saturday night fetishes. Rather than squandering in the back alley of a seedy gay West Ho hostel getting a hummer from some Rush Limbaugh endorsed Thai rent boy, I’m usually safe and sound and Typhoid Mary free…

…watching cartoons all day and all night.

Here’s a tribute to one of my favorite cartoon characters who’s just as old as I am.

Although he’s a lot more younger looking than I am these days, that is, for a fucking 52-year-old bleach blond-haired kid.

Jonny Quest is his name (voiced by Tim Matheson). Perhaps you’ve heard of him. You know that little bratty kid with the little pug dog named Bandit, the Hindu BFF Hadji (voiced by Danny Bravo), the bronze skinned buffed bodyguard Race Bannon with the white-haired crew cut (voiced by Mike Road; an obvious cloned amalgamation of pulp adventurer/ scientist Doc Savage and comic strip adventure star Steve Canyon), and lead by his awesome scientist dad Quentin Quest (voiced by John Stephenson) whose lab is in the middle of the Florida Keys and skips all over the world in a real cool plane or a hovercraft? Occasionally they were joined by Race Bannon’s former fuckbuddy, Jade (perhaps whose design is also influenced by Doc Savage’s meddling cousin, Pat Savage).

Don’t lie. I know you’ve all seen it.

Here’s a reminder.

There. Is it all coming back to you now?

Jonny Quest is the animated embodiment of exploration and adventure. My first ever exposure to a cornucopia of culture globe-trotting fun and excitement that a little tyke viewer could ever handle in the span of a half of a year’s weekly dedicated viewing.

I must have seen each 26 episode of the original series first produced in the mid-sixties at least a hundred times from my youth and even up to this day I still watch them on dvd.  They still hold up fresh, vibrant and reverent as they do today. It’s the gateway drug to all those things past and future, that probably spiked my interest in Doc Savage paperbacks and other pulp heroes no thanks to Jonny’s bodyguard Race Bannon (who was modeled after the fabled 1930’s pulp action hero). It’s probably regarded as one, IF NOT the ONLY best EVER adventure themed animated series ever designed right after the Fleischer Superman animated shorts from the 1940’s and was certainly an other influence on other series such as Phineas and Ferb and The Secret Saturdays. The character was designed by popular comic strip artist Doug Wildey, who later went on to work on the eighties comic book covers published by Comico published to draw audiences to the remake series airing on Sunday mornings. Doug Wildey took his influences from movie serials and radio dramas and even produced another action adventure Science Fiction cartoon called Space Angel. However, one look at the series and the voice technique used at the time called Synchro-Vox (used real filmed mouths) was off-putting to some. So Doug Wildey approached the idea of turning radio boy hero Jack Armstrong into an animated series using magazines such as Popular Mechanics and Science Digest as part of his storyboard presentation. The pilot didn’t test well, but the footage gained interest enough from Hanna Barbara to launch a series concerning an original character. The test footage for Jack Armstrong somehow winded up as part of the end credits for Jonny Quest.

Even the very first episode, “The Mystery of the Lizard-Men” had directly lifted elements off a couple of the classic Doc Savage pulp paperbacks, “The Sargasso Orge” and “Death in Silver“. Those early Bantam Books paperbacks of Doc and his Amazing Five (check out my past blog entry dedicated to the Man of Bronze from last year) were highly in vogue during those times.

Wikipedia’s apt description for its’ pioneering animation style:

As the first major studio devoted to television animation (with previous studios, such as Warner Bros. and Disney, devoted to animation for theatrical release), Hanna-Barbera developed the technique of limited animation in order to cut corners and meet the tighter scheduling and budgetary demands of television. As opposed to full animation, this means that characters generally move from side to side with a sliding background behind them and are drawn mostly in static form, with only the moving parts (like running legs, shifting eyes, or talking mouths) being re-drawn from frame to frame on a separate layer.

This was particularly true of Jonny Quest. The series’ visual style was unusual for its time, combining a fairly realistic depiction of human figures and objects with the limited animation technique (although not so limited as that of Hanna-Barbera’s contemporaneous daytime cartoons, or Wildey’s previous work at Cambria which featured even less character movement). The series made heavy use of rich music scores, off-screen impacts with sound effects, reaction shots, cycling animations, cutaways, scene-to-scene dissolves, and abbreviated dialogue to move the story forward, without requiring extensive original animation of figures. For example, objects would often reverse direction off-screen, eliminating the need to show the turn, or a running character would enter the frame sliding to a stop, allowing a single drawn figure to be used

The series premiered on September 18, 1964 on the ABC Network and ended its’ first and only season run on March 11, 1965. As Wikipedia describes its syndicated phenomenon:

“Like the original Star Trek television series, this series would be a big money-maker in syndication, but this avenue to profits was not as well-known when the show was canceled in 1965. Reruns of the show were broadcast on CBS from September 9, 1967, to September 5, 1970, and on NBC from September 11, 1971, to September 2, 1972. Along with another Hanna-Barbera series, The Jetsons, Jonny Quest is one of the few television series to have aired on each of the Big Three television networks in the United States. Reruns also aired sporadically on Cartoon Network from the time of its launch on October 1, 1992, until May 4, 2003, and it has been reshown periodically since then on that network. It also aired reruns on Boomerang since April 1, 2000 until October 2, 2011. Then it returned on July 23, 2012 and ceased on June 1, 2014.”

Personally I try to get a weekly viewing in on Saturdays at midnight through the auspices of my 4 disc dvd set and the Cary Coatney Network.

From there you got fist clenching episodes that featured animated anomalies such as mobile wandering robot eyes stealing government secrets, Mummies, Yetis, invisible monsters, flying pterodactyls and ugly Sumo wrestlers taking out Komodo dragons out on leashes for little strolls through the jungle (and they didn’t take along pooper scoopers either). However the show’s main antagonist and nemesis was the Fu Manchu inspired behind the scenes villain, Dr. Zin who was also partially responsible for the death of Jonny’s mother Rachel as revealed in one of the theatrical movie projects Jonny’s Golden Quest ( of which to this day I have yet to see).

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The big band jazz score composed by Hoyt Curtain was perhaps a bit ahead of its’ time too for an adventure cartoon. The music was so popular enough that it went to live on recycled bits of infamy to be used in other Hanna Barbara’s action slate of mid-sixties animation including their version of Marvel’s Fantastic Four.

Since the show was prime time, it could slip past the kids’ censor and depict adults doing adults things like smoking cigarettes and pounding down shots of hard liquor (but alas, Jonny, Hadji, and Bandit did not partake) – THAT is until after the show’s production when parents’ watchdog groups got ahold of it and told the network to trim it down. C’mon, what a way to ruin a kid’s fun: a Winston cigarette always tastes good with an episode of Jonny Quest and a heaping bowl of Quisp cereal.

But the funny thing is, I haven’t given an equal opportunity to the mid-eighties sequel series, THE EIGHTIES JONNY QUEST nor the late nineties grown up series REAL ADVENTURES of JONNY QUEST (which introduced Race’s daughter, Jessie to the cast and 3D animated sequences of the virtual reality QUESTWORLD)- and I’VE NEVER EVER seen the two animated movie specials. I’m certainly not touching that Tom & Jerry team up adventure that was recently released on home video with a 10 foot T-squared cock measuring pole.

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I’m trying to rectify that by obtaining the all the dvds that are available for sale on www.wbshop.com where I can pick up the missing collections and the two animated movies, Jonny Quest vs. The Cyber Insects and Jonny’s Golden Quest. (only $17.99 a piece)

If you add all the episodes of the original, the 80’s revival, the 90’s series, and the two movies – that’s a total of 93 episodes all together. That’s all almost two years worth of episodes, if you watch them week to week (6 months, if you do it daily).

Also, let’s not leave out the homages that have been paid up the yang to the roving blond-haired junior thrillseeker- particularly in, as I may cut and paste paraphrase from Wikipedia for the third and final time:

The Adult Swim animated series The Venture Brothers is a parody of Jonny Quest and similar adventure series. The principal character Doctor Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture can be seen as a direct parody of both Dr. Benton Quest (in his aloof present day form) and Jonny himself (in his traumatic past as a boy adventurer). Characters from the series also appear, though inconsistently; Race Bannon is shown in season one normal age whereas Johnny Quest appears in season two, all grown up though unnamed. Due to a desire to sidestep copyright issues, as of season three, Johnny Quest characters have been officially retconned as brand new characters: Johnny Quest is now “Action Johnny”, Hadji is now “Radji”, Race Bannon is referred to as “Red”, and Doctor Zin is “Doctor Z”, an elderly and respected supervillain within the show’s universe. Per the shows’ takeoff on the originals, characters are shown in a much darker light: Johnny Quest is a recovering drug addict who, like Doctor Venture, has grown up as a severely traumatized adult. Race Bannon is portrayed as a member of “OSI”, the fictionalized spy agency in the series. Bannon is killed in the first season, recovering a deadly virus from a supervillain and is later shown during a flashback, as having been an interrogator for OSI and having engaged in torture as part of his job. “Radji” is shown having grown up as a successful manager of a call center in India; he is shown as having grown tired of “Action Johnny” and his drug addiction and having contempt for Doctor Venture. Doctor “Z” is a famous and beloved super-villain, having retired from active villainy in order to lead the Guild of Calamitous Intent as part of its Council of Thirteen

So you may ask yourself – what’s spurned me to churn out a blog about some ‘kiddie’ show rather than the usual gathering of vintage progressive rock acts and friends and foes dropping into the great ether like flies?

Because Jonny Quest is poised to make a comeback. Movie interest from Sin City and Spy Kids director Robert Rodriguez is in development for one, and DC Comics on the other is taking an interest in re-inventing the Hanna Barbara slate of properties with re-imaginings of Scooby Doo, Wacky Races, The Flintstones, and of course, Jonny Quest and the rest of the merry band of its’ roster of adventure heroes that soon followed in Jonny Quest’s footsteps (although they never followed in Jonny’s PRIME TIME TELEVISION FOOTSTEPS).

Plus, secretly, I’m itching a desire to contribute a bit to the mythos myself, as soon as I get a lawyer on it. I wrote a one page proposal for it last summer and I would hate to take it to my grave sight unread.

DC is doing a noble approach to the concept of an entire separate universe consisting of all of the Hanna Barbara’s adventure heroes (although I wouldn’t mind seeing a team-up from time to time with DC’s major characters as was demonstrated on a opener to an Batman: Brave & the Bold episode when Space Ghost showed up to help Batman take down Zorak), I knew that one day this would prove inevitable – and I thought it wise if I spent some time last summer on tackling a secret origin story for a certain group of characters that I loved as a kid besides Jonny Quest.

However, somehow, DC’s publisher, Dan Didio beat me to the punch and enlisted artist/writer Darywn Cooke to tackle on the idea of a re-imagination, and  Darywn in turn recommended writer/artist Jeff Parker and artist Evan “Doc” Shaner to produce the product due to other commitments.

promotional art for the Future Quest mini-series inserted into this month's DC Comics.

           Promotional art for the Future Quest mini-series inserted into this month’s crop of DC Comics.

The book coming out on May 18th is called “Future Quest” and it’s the first of a six issue try out series that has Jonny, Hadji, and Bandit meeting other such equally adventuresome dignitaries in their surrounding universe such as Space Ghost, Mightor, Frankenstein Jr., the Herculoids, and the Impossibles to help defeat one enormous threat.

Some of the other sixties cartoon characters have been re-imagined themselves. The Impossibles now have a lady member in their rock band super hero roster. Former primitive caveman super hero Mightor has been outfitted in a snazzy new costume rather than the loincloth he’s used to be seen on television in. And lastly, Frankenstein’s Jr’s boy scientist/robot controller Buzz Conroy’s race has now been changed to Asian. Plus many other surprises are most likely in store. However, Young Samson, Dino Boy, Moby Dick and genie, Shazzan seem to be the only ones missing out on all the fun this time around.

So here’s to more Future Jonny Quest adventures!!

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18 Responses to “JONNY QUEST: PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE TENSE”

  1. susan gallagher May 3, 2016 at 4:57 am #

    My all-time favourites The Impossibles just do NOT fit in here – they have always been more light-hearted than the others and I think should stay that way – they will need to be changed too much to fit in, and surely the idea of making things “darker” which were never meant to be is old and tired now? As to the (unfortunately) probable new female member – I do NOT want her – adding a new character will take attention away from the others and ruin the dynamic between them. Yes, I’m female and we need female characters, (and there are a number in the book from other series in any case), but not as permanent members of the Impossibles! Once again us fans of them are short-charged.

    • Cary Coatney May 3, 2016 at 8:57 am #

      I trust the series will be in good hands with Jeff Parker. If you’re not familiar with his writing, he kind of sticks to the basics to make properties such as “Defenders of the Earth” aka Kingswatch and “Batman 66’lighthearted and fun. He’s not really a doom and gloom kind of guy, so I really don’t see the Impossible getting that much eviscerated beyond that they have ‘matured’ a little bit and welcomed a woman to their ranks(?).

      Like I probably mentioned before in the blog context, I’m curious about the omission of Samson & Goliath and Shazzan (and what about Dino Boy and Moby Dick?)! They both served as the bookends to the whole mini genre of mid-sixties super heroics. If you even want go beyond the HB franchise, Turner and the WB also have rights to the Ruby Turner shows such as Thundarr the Barbarian and the Centurians. We should make them part of the expanded universe.

      • susan gallagher May 3, 2016 at 12:37 pm #

        Mr. Parker certainly hasn’t stuck to the basics if he’s put a new member in The Impossibles! New members being added – (and occasionally some leaving), works with some teams such as DC’s own Legion of Super Heroes, (my favourite comic before the seemingly endless reboots), and with a large team like that having members of just one sex, (at least without a reasonable explanation), would be unreasonable, but not the Impossibles! I have to wonder if it’s a PC extremist thing, and the change in Buzz Conroy’s ethnicity is also? Of course we need diversity – but changing a decades-established character this way defeats the object by coming across as silly. I certainly don’t welcome Spare Part Girl if she is supposed to be a new Impossible – if she’s some sort of trainer or temporary help, O.K. I also want my favourite member Multi Man’s cape back, (really love that as a finishing touch to his costume), especially as they said they wouldn’t think of removing Space Ghost’s – and, can’t be sure yet – but it looks like they might have bulked him up? The different looks and body types of the Impossibles was very positive and a great example of diversity – but it looks like this may be a case of “To be PC. we must have a female Impossible, we have to change an established character’s race, but, oh, no, we can’t have a skinny male super hero”!!!! The Impossibles was curtailed before it should have been due to the neurotic do-gooders claiming it was “too violent”, (don;t remember anyone ending up in intensive care in the series)! and now it seems we fans will be short-charged again. It will be their 50th anniversary, (and that of several other HB cartoons), this year and I was hoping we might get much better than this to mark the occasion. Sounds cheesy, but I’ve always found this cartoon totally enchanting and have been really pleased, in the last few years, to discover so many also appreciate it – now this? Very disappointed indeed, it this is what appears to have been done with it!! As for the others you mentioned, I seen to remember reading that Dino Boy will appear in Future Quest, and I imagine the others were omitted because it would have made the cast too big and hard to keep track of, but they might do comics featuring them if these do well? But – sorry – I can’t put my hand on my heart and honestly say I will shed any tears if they don’t!

      • Cary Coatney May 3, 2016 at 2:18 pm #

        I appreciate your passion on this subject. Gender bending and race bending seems to be the new norm in today’s marketplace- should I probably chalk up to corporate who told me the creators to throw in the change of Buzz Conroy’s ethnicity and adding the female member to the Impossibles to make them relevant to today’s market. Some creators are comfortable about doing it, some are not. Even I’ve walked away or put a project on the backburner because IT focused too much on being PC. But keep the faith, we can’t judge the book until we’ve actually seen it.

  2. susan gallagher May 5, 2016 at 2:40 am #

    Thanks so much for seeing why I have my doubts about this and not just saying I should “suck it up” and embrace this take on my favourites! No, the comic isn’t out yet but I really don’t think I will ………Mr. Parker said, (in a “tweet” to me), the main change will be that ALL the Impossibles won’t play guitar, which would make some sense and plenty of musicians play more than one instrument anyway – but could it mean Spare Part Girl is the non-guitarist – perhaps even a lead singer reducing them to a backing band? The original members were always the heart-throbs getting all the attention, and I think they should remain so – I don’t think many Jessica Rabbit fans would like a reboot of “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” with her being upstaged by a male singer during her performance! And I wouldn’t agree with that either. (Different studio but you get my meaning)! He also said it would still be very (much) fun – the jury is out on that for me. I think a MUCH better idea would be to have a short with the Impossibles in their original form each issue, (perhaps alternating with Franky Jr. – not a fan myself but he’s popular). H’mm – wonder how it would be possible to get in touch with WB to ask if they might do some sort of tribute to the Impossibles and the other HB cartoons which are 50 this year? Would be good if they got quite a few such messages – they do say if you fling enough mud some will eventually stick! (That’s just a figure of speech, by the way – I’m not suggesting it be impolite). Due to their untimely cancellation, there is little Impossibles merchandise around – even Funko Pop! vinyl figures, (those fun big-headed caricatures of seemingly countless characters which are a very affordable fun treat), do Franky Jr. but NOT the Impossibles! (Although there is a chance Figures Toy Company will do a set in their classic form – here’s hoping)!! So, I’ve found a few things by trawling through Ebay, etc. and I got a set of custom figures from Brazil – I also designed one of those customisable Makies dolls and made it into the Multi Man doll I’ve always wanted! (A Disney “Frozen” Kristoff doll had the ideal boots, with a bit of adaptation – he “let them go”, was fitted with another pair of doll boots and sent on a mission to the charity/thrift shop)! There is also the DVD with all the episodes which I don’t have – not sure it would be compatible with a UK player? Still, we have Youtube! Thanks again for your patience with my long, rambling posts!

    • Cary Coatney May 5, 2016 at 8:58 am #

      Good. Jeff got a hold of you. I did forward your concerns to him. Hope we all got it sorted out. Yes, I saw the dvd the other day over at Amoeba Records – a popular independent record shoppe here in Los Angeles – but I opted to get the jonny quest 80’s series instead since I haven’t seen them since they originally aired back in the eighties. Look harder for a set put out by Warner Bros called Saturday Morning Cartoons of the sixties which has a Impossibles/Frankenstein Jr. episode on it. I believe that’s playable in all regions.

      • susan gallagher May 5, 2016 at 11:00 am #

        Thanks so much! Yes, Mr. Parker and I did exchange tweets, but of course he can’t say too much before the comic is released. I was also – I admit – rather blunt on Mr. Shaner’s blog about the girl Impossible if that’s what she is – (I said “if she is indeed a new Impossibles member – how soon can she be got rid of”?) but I did put on another post apologising for being harsh! These posts (without my name), were put on Twitter with various replies – but I explained that I shouldn’t have to pretend to like the idea of a new member just because she’s female to prove that I support equality. Still do not want another permanent member, however. I am no way saying that they are not a good writer and artist – just that I really don’t think this is the way to go with the Impossibles.

  3. susan gallagher October 23, 2016 at 5:44 am #

    Fast forward to now – read an online version of the Impossible’s debut in Future Quest 5. What I liked; the boys do look like more realistic versions of their cartoon selves, except Multi Man needs the rest of his nose, as well as his original costume back. (However his hair and jaw-line look great, and he dosen’t have a “bulked-up” look. And I LOVED the bit about him spending lots of time in front of the mirror; always had him as a bit of an attention seeker,(although not in a bad or extreme way) – would love to see him and the others enjoying the attention of swooning fangirls like in the cartoon – there is room for that, too! Their interaction with each other was good (although I feel the new member will disrupt that). And it will renew interest in the cartoon, as well as being an introduction for those not familiar with it. Didn’t like; the new member being added. An O.K. character in herself, but really feel she’s just there for PC reasons and will take attention from the originals and affect their interaction. If she was another agent who helped out now and again, O.K. Hope she is temporary. References to the cartoon such as some of the villains and the original Big D being part of the T.V. show the ‘Imps use to conceal the reality of their powers, and Timeatron being the name of the news agency the new member works for – while I realise that these are meant as affectionate nods to the source – they do come across as dismissive to me. Want Multi’s very distinctive original costume back – think new one looks a bit bland and generic. Deva – a character I find totally unlikeable replacing the original Big D. Really wouldn’t want to see her in the same panel as the ‘Imps, myself. Seems to be a hard-nose harridan in the guise of a “strong woman” – can imagine her putting down the ‘Imps boys and the fangirls while smugly gloating over the fact that she’s associated with the former……………. rather like Omnikron, reminds me of something created by H.P. Lovecraft, (‘tho I wouldn’t want one as a pet)!!!!! seems on 25th January, same day as FQ9, a Scooby-Doo team-up featuring the Impossibles, (and Franky Jr.), in their original form will be distributed – that I’m definately going for!

    • Cary Coatney October 24, 2016 at 9:00 am #

      There’s been a ninth issue solicited? The original pitch was it to be six issues.

      Susan, have you gone over every issue with a fine tooth comb? I’d to hear your assessment of every issue that’s been released so far, if possible.

      ~

      Coat

      • susan gallagher October 24, 2016 at 3:39 pm #

        No, I didn’t read every issue online – just clips and reviews and, when the Impossibles appeared I read their part in the online version of 5. I also saw a panel in 4 where the ‘Imps are shown on an Ipod or such with a shadowy drummer in the background – the new member, must be. But one of the originals could have got behind the drumkit – lots of real-life musicians do play more than one instrument – and it would still leave 2 on guitar – and, as this is set in the present day – technology which can replicate percussion effects is readily available, so she isn’t needed for that. In this scene, Deva is showing Jan this hoping the music (which Deva referred to dismissively)!! will jog her memory, (an accident affected it, I think). Deva is a type of character I really dislike, from what I’ve seen – a domineering harridan in the guise of a “strong woman” who seems to me as much a stereotype as the old-style wimpy “Scream Queens”, (who also irritate me)!! just a newer one. The Impossibles in the cartoon are a boy band with lots of smitten fangirls – and no reason that those can’t also be strong women! That’s how I really feel it should stay. Must admit – although I prefer, in the ‘Imps case, that their origin remains a mystery – I didn’t mind the one here. I do appreciate the work Mr. Parker, (the creative team are really nice guys and I almost feel guilty I’m less than fully satisfied with this)!! has put into this – but it would actually have been easier to have had the Impossibles included with no changes apart from more realistic looks and new stagewear, and I would have really loved that, and took much more of an interest in the story as a whole, especially as I’ve always liked Jonny Quest. The addition of the new Impossibles member is the main deal breaker – as a woman myself, some might say it should make me feel “included” – but it has the opposite effect for me, as it’s really put me off! (Despite what it might seem, I DO like many female characters – but I don’t think membership of the ‘Imps and replacing the original Big D is the place for them – or, indeed, for another male). In issue 4, we find Buzz Conroy’s father is now the deceased parent, while his mother is alive, is the world’s top roboticist, and the one who created Franky Jr. from Buzz’s design. Buzz himself is Asian-American in this, in spite of being obviously European for decades, (there would be an outcry – which I would fully agree with – if Hadji was suddenly reimaged as European)!! and it seems Mighty Mightor has been reanimated(?) as afro-carribean, (although not very familiar with this character, I think, however, his ethnicity was not so clearly defined in any case). Deva and Jezebel Jade seem to have pretty major parts in the story considering one isn’t original HB and the other was a supporting character. The seems to be a very strong PC/feminist slant, (not just equality), here which I think is at least partly due to a DC policy – also seems to be the case with Marvel. Wacky Raceland is going to end after issue 6 and there will be a Dastardly and Muttley spin-off.

      • Cary Coatney October 25, 2016 at 9:03 am #

        Issue 6 is coming out tomorrow. I have 5 in my reading pile which I believe feature Mightor interacting with the rest of the cast. I’d be eager to see how that all plays out.

        ~

        Coat

  4. susan gallagher October 25, 2016 at 10:57 am #

    Be interesting to see what you think of it!

  5. susan gallagher October 26, 2016 at 2:49 pm #

    I did read the second part of the Impossible’s story in FQ6 online. Have to admit I liked it less than 5. Different artist whose version of the original ‘Imps looked less like realistic versions of their cartoon selves, and, as I feared, the new member just seemed to disrupt their interaction. Not a bad character in herself, but as an actual Impossibles member – no.

    • susan gallagher November 8, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

      Actually – same artist, but I like his work on 5 more than 6!

      • Cary Coatney November 8, 2016 at 2:07 pm #

        I read both issues over the weekend, and I wasn’t really wowed over by the character designs or how they fit into the overall plot. I really like with what they’ve done with Mightor.

        ~

        Coat

  6. susan gallagher November 9, 2016 at 4:47 am #

    The thing is – the Impossibles don’t really fit with the other characters here, (who do seem to go well together), more with Top Cat, etc. I would much rather have seen a lot less of them but in their original form just more realistic looks for this (don’t mind new stage wear), just enough to do their bit against Omnikron. Can’t say I’m thrilled about the idea of them teaming up with the others – not because I don’t think the others are good enough, (‘tho the ‘Imps are far and away my favourites)! but because they are not similar enough. I was glad to see the ‘Imps have not been made “darker”, ‘tho. But I’d LOVE to see them back to their original form – Deva could be replaced as their chief by someone else with the “D” initial who happens to look like the cartoon version, Multi with his original costume and nose and losing the bulked-up look he has in 6 and on the covers, (apart from Steve Rude 5),and the new member temporary, (perhaps recurrent character who helps out now and again, but no longer actual Impossibles member). One of the originals could get behind a drumkit as lots of real-life musicians do play more than one instrument and it would still leave 2 on guitar – or a synthesizer could be programmed for percussion effects. Nice to see original ‘Imps on 5 Steve Rude variant, but standard cover showcased needless new member too much and my fave Multi Man just did not look much like a realistic version of the cartoon character although the other 2 look fine. (Better in inside art). And I did find the covers for FQ1 which featured the Impossibles irritating as there was no indication of Multi’s powers on either of them – he just seemed there to drive that new one ’round! Have to admit, though – I’d prefer they were left out altogether, although it will hopefully generate and renew interest in the original cartoon, and any more versions will be closer to that.
    I’m not too familiar with Mightor – has it always been that he changes his physical form periodically, rather like Dr. Who?

    • Cary Coatney November 11, 2016 at 11:35 am #

      HB developed Mightor because they had failed to secure to do an animated series of the Mighty Thor, the marvel super hero. The rights to Thor went to Grantray-Lawrence as part of their Marvel Superheroes package which also included Sub-Mariner, Captain America, Iron Man, & the Hulk. To differentiate between the two creations (you notice they both use clubs, well with Thor it was a hammer), Alex Toth simply placed Mightor in the prehistoric times. It stated in the 6th issue of Future Quest, that the original Mightor had perished in battle and magically had his essence placed within the club, I guess for someone to stumble upon it millions and millions of years later.

      • susan gallagher November 11, 2016 at 4:19 pm #

        Odd – Thor is part of Scandinavian mythology, so I would have thought depictions of him would be pretty much a free-for-all? Or would that be the Marvel version in particular? Wonder what other Mightor fans think of the FQ version?

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