Space Ghost is a fictional character created by Hanna-Barbera Productions and designed by Alex Toth for CBS in the 1960s. In his original incarnation, he was a superhero who, with his teen sidekicks Jan and Blip the monkey, fought supervillains in outer space. In the 1990s, Space Ghost was brought back as a host for his own fictional late-night talk show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, on Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. In the 2000s, he was revamped as a serious superhero once again in a mini-series by DC Comics; the original series debuted in 1966. In the original series, Space Ghost was an intergalactic crime fighter from the Ghost Planet, he had the ability to be invisible and shoot various rays from the powerbands on his wrists. Space Ghost would fight such recurring supervillains as Moltar, Black Widow, Metallus and Creature King with the help of his sidekicks: Jan and their pet monkey, Blip; the original series shared time with an unrelated segment called Dino Boy in the Lost Valley. During its original run, there were a total of 18 Dino Boy episodes.
The series remained in syndication during the 1970s. Space Ghost was voiced by Gary Owens, best known for being the announcer for Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In. Twenty-two new Space Ghost segments appeared on Space Stars on NBC in 1981; the episodes introduced a new assortment of villains including an evil version of Space Ghost named Space Spectre who came from an alternate universe. As in the original series, Space Ghost came to the aid of The Herculoids and vice versa; the Phantom Cruiser was given a more modern redesign as well. They frequently crossed paths with the Teen Force and it appeared that Jan and Teen Force member Kid Comet were dating as well. Gary Owens reprised his role as Space Ghost, while Steve J. Spears played the role of Jace and Alexandra Stoddart played Jan; the character Space Ghost hosts a talk show, Space Ghost Coast to Coast, which began broadcasting in 1994 on Cartoon Network. One-time villains Zorak and Moltar were Space Ghost's sidekicks; the show spoofed late-night talk show.
Space Ghost is voiced by George Lowe. In this version, Space Ghost's real name is Tad Ghostal, his twin brother Chad once attempts to hijack his show; the show reused animation cels from the Hanna-Barbera archives. The show ran from 1994 to 1999, returned with two new episodes in 2001, moving to the Adult Swim programming block that year; the characters of Jan and Blip appeared twice on the show. After eight seasons, the show went into hiatus. New episodes of Space Ghost Coast to Coast appeared on the "Animation" channel of the GameTap service, beginning on May 30, 2006. On May 31, 2008, the show ended. Following the popularity of Coast to Coast, the show provided Cartoon Planet. Cartoon Planet was an hour-long cartoon block hosted by Space Ghost with his imprisoned sidekicks Zorak and Brak. Due to the popularity of the series' songs, two albums were released: Space Ghost's Surf & Turf and Space Ghost's Musical Bar-B-Que. Lowe provided the voice for Space Ghost on both records. Space Ghost appeared in some of the Adult Swim projects: In the Robot Chicken episode "Suck It," he was seen as a member of the Adult Swim Council alongside Peter Griffin and Master Shake.
In an episode of Perfect Hair Forever, he is friends with a shark. Space Ghost appeared in four episodes of The Brak Show. Space Ghost and Zorak make cameos in Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters, where he is killed by a missile that Meatwad launches. In a scene of the Aqua Teen Hunger Force episode "Multiple Meat", when an older version of Frylock returns home, Space Ghost can be seen in a dumpster outside the Aqua Teen's home. Space Ghost along with Birdman appeared in the background in multiple scenes of the Season 4 episode of The Powerpuff Girls titled "Members Only", they are shown as members of the Association of World Super Men. Space Ghost and his sidekicks appear in the Batman: The Brave and the Bold episode "Bold Beginnings" with Gary Owens reprising his role of Space Ghost, Jan voiced by Cathy Cavadini, Jace voiced by James Arnold Taylor, he teams up with Batman to fight Creature King who had captured Jan and Blip. Space Ghost appears in the Wacky Races episode "The Wack Stuff".
Three voice actors played Space Ghost in the three "main" Space Ghost series: Gary Owens in Space Ghost, Space Stars, Batman: The Brave and the Bold. George Lowe in Space Ghost Coast to Coast, Cartoon Planet, The Brak Show, Perfect Hair Forever, Robot Chicken, Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film For Theaters, Cartoon Network: Punch Time Explosion Andy Merrill in Space Ghost Coast to Coast as "Live Action Space Ghost" and Cartoon Planet as "Living Ghost" Space Ghost has appeared in the following comic books: Space Ghost Hanna-Barbera Super TV Heroes Golden Comics Digest TV Stars Space Ghost Cartoon Network Presents Space Ghost Future Quest Scooby-Doo Team Up Green Lantern/Space Ghost Annual #1 Space Ghost's Coast to Coast version was released as an action figure by Toycom, complete with a desk and chair, a series of cue cards and a mug. Included were several different sets of hands, allowing the figure to be used either as the
Epic Illustrated was a comics anthology in magazine format published in the United States by Marvel Comics. Similar to the US-licensed comic book magazine Heavy Metal, it allowed explicit content to be featured, unlike the traditional American comic books of that time bound by the restrictive Comics Code Authority, as well as offering its writers and artists ownership rights and royalties in place of the industry-standard work for hire contracts; the series lasted 34 issues from Spring 1980–February 1986. A color comic-book imprint, Epic Comics, was spun off in 1982; the magazine was initiated under editor Rick Marschall in 1979 under the title Odyssey, set to launch as an issue of Marvel Super Special. After Marschall learned of at least seven other magazines titled Odyssey, the project was renamed Epic Illustrated and launched as a standalone series. Marschall was replaced by editor Archie Goodwin in September 1979, several months before the first issue was published; the anthology featured heroic fiction and genre stories fantasy and science fiction, in a broad range of styles.
Established mainstream-comics talents such as John Buscema, Jim Starlin, John Byrne, Terry Austin were featured, as well as such independent-press creators as Wendy Pini and The Studio's Jeffrey Jones, Michael Kaluta, Barry Windsor-Smith, Bernie Wrightson. Goodwin commissioned stories by many new artists, including Stephen R. Bissette, Pepe Moreno, Jon J Muth, Rick Veitch and Kent Williams; the full-color magazine format allowed for a broader range of color than the traditional three-color printing process, many of the stories, all the covers, were painted. Fantasy artists who did not work in the comics field, such as Richard Corben, Frank Frazetta, The Brothers Hildebrandt, Boris Vallejo contributed covers; the contributors to the series were paid royalties. Epic Illustrated included an occasional Marvel Comics protagonist, such as the first issue's Silver Surfer story by Stan Lee and John Buscema; each issue featured a main story, a number of regular serials, anthological shorts. Writer-penciler John Byrne and inker Terry Austin produced "The Last Galactus Story" as a serial in Epic Illustrated #26–34.
Nine of a scheduled 10 installments appeared. Each ran six pages, except part eight, which ran 12. Due to its expensive nature to the company and low sales, the magazine was canceled with issue #34, leaving the last chapter of "Galactus" unpublished and the story unfinished. Byrne revealed on his website that the conclusion would have seen a dying Galactus releasing his power, causing a new big bang and transforming his herald Nova into the Galactus of the next universe. "Metamorphosis Odyssey" a serial by Jim Starlin in issues #1–9, which introduced his Dreadstar character. "A Tale Of Elric of Melniboné: The Dreaming City" by Michael Moorcock, Roy Thomas, P. Craig Russell in issues #3, #4, #14. Ken Steacy's adaptations of Harlan Ellison's short stories: "Sleeping Dogs" in issue #4, "Life Hutch" in #6, "Run for the Stars" in #11. "Abraxas and the Earthman" by Rick Veitch in issues #10–17. "Marada" by Chris Claremont and John Bolton in issues #10–12 and #22–23. "Last of the Dragons" by Carl Potts with Dennis O'Neil, Terry Austin, Marie Severin in issues #15–20.
"Generation Zero" by Pepe Moreno and Archie Goodwin in issues #17–24. "The Sacred and The Profane" by Dean Motter and Ken Steacy in issues #20–26. "Young Cerebus" a series of vignettes of the early life of Cerebus by Dave Sim in issues #26, #28, #30. Silver Surfer Epic Collection: Freedom includes the "Silver Surfer" story from Epic Illustrated #1, Marvel Comics, 488 pages, December 2015, ISBN 978-0785199038 Night and the Enemy includes the stories "Sleeping Dogs", "Life Hutch", "Run for the Stars" from Epic Illustrated #3-4, #14, Comico, 84 pages, November 1987, ISBN 9780938965060.
The Real Ghostbusters (comics)
The Real Ghostbusters is a comic series spun off from The Real Ghostbusters animated series. Versions were published by Marvel NOW Comics. Publication of the series began on March 28, 1988. NOW Comics began publishing the series in August 1988; the series ran for two annuals and one special. The first volume ran for twenty-eight issues; the series was written by James Van Hise, with the exceptions being issue 4 by [La Morris Richmond and issue 21 which featured Marvel UK reprints due to production delays. John Tobias, Phillip Hester, Evan Dorkin and Howard Bender were among the pencilers for the series; the series went on hiatus for a time due to the publisher's financial difficulties, but was subsequently re-launched. The second volume ran for one special and two annuals; the series had a main story that ran from the 3-D Special through issue 4, followed by back-up stories reprinted from the Marvel UK run. They contained game pages and health tips for kids and parents. Several issues of volume 1 and the main issues of volume 2 used covers taken from the Marvel UK run.
NOW Comics published a three issue miniseries in 1989 called Real Ghostbusters Starring in Ghostbusters II, collected as a trade paperback. Marvel UK published a magazine-sized comic for 193 issues that spawned 4 annuals and 10 specials; the series started its run on March 28, 1988. Each issue contained three to four comic stories, a prose story alternating from a regular tale to one narrated by Winston Zeddemore, a prose entry of Egon Spengler’s Spirit Guide discussing the entities in the comic, a bio of a character or ghost that appeared in the series, a short Slimer strip; the comics featured a rotating line-up of creators, including John Carnell, Dan Abnett, Andy Lanning, Brian Williamson, Anthony Williams, Stuart Place, Richard Starkings, Helen Stone. The series ran weekly and began to feature reprints from the American comics as well as stories that appeared in the series; the American comics were broken up into four to five parts, incorporated the failed Slimer! Series beginning with issue 121.
The last original story ran in issue 171 with the remaining issues being reprints from the earlier comics and the American books. Four annual comics were produced in a hardcover format; each book contained several comic strips, full-page Slimer strips, prose stories. The books included game and activity pages, reprints of bios found in the regular books; some of these issues were collected by Titan Books into trade paperbacks. These include: A Hard Day's Fright Who You Gonna Call? Which Witch Is Which? This Ghost Is Toast! Marvel UK reprinted NOW Comics' tradepaperback Real Ghostbusters Starring in Ghostbusters II in 1989 as well as reprinting various issues as a compendium called The Real Ghostbusters: The Giggling Ghoul and Other Stories in 1989. Outside of the ongoing title, the Ghostbusters were featured in the 30 issue run of The Marvel Bumper Comic. An anthology style comic, published by Marvel UK from 1988–1989, that featured strips based on different characters and properties. A spinoff series that spotlighted the popular Ghostbusters character Slimer was published.
NOW Comics published a series that ran nineteen issues from 1989 through 1990, as well as spawning a one shot special called The Real Ghostbusters 3-D Slimer Special. Some of these issues were reprinted as a tradepaperback in 1991. Marvel UK published a 19 issue series; the Real Ghostbusters Volume 1 #1-28 The Real Ghostbusters Volume 2 #1-4 The Real Ghostbusters 1992 Annual The Real Ghostbusters 1993 Annual The Real Ghostbusters starring in Ghostbusters II #1-3 The Real Ghostbusters Spectacular 3-D Special The Real Ghostbusters 3-D Slimer Special Slimer #1-19 The Real Ghostbusters #1-193, 1989-92 Annual List of comics based on television programs
Savage Tales is the title of three American comics series. Two were black-and-white comics-magazine anthologies published by Marvel Comics, the other a color comic book anthology published by Dynamite Entertainment; the first of the two volumes of Savage Tales ran 11 issues, with a nearly 21⁄2-year hiatus after the premiere issue. It marked Marvel's second attempt at entering the comics-magazine field dominated by Warren Publishing, following the two-issue superhero entry The Spectacular Spider-Man in 1968. Starring in the first issue were: Robert E. Howard's sword and sorcery pulp-fiction character Conan the Barbarian, adapted by writer Roy Thomas and artist Barry Windsor-Smith the futuristic, Amazon-like Femizons, by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist John Romita the first-ever appearance of the swamp creature Man-Thing, plotted by Lee and Thomas, scripted by Gerry Conway and drawn by Gray Morrow the African-American inner-city defender Joshua, in the feature "Black Brother" by Dennis O'Neil and penciler Gene Colan the jungle lord Ka-Zar, by Lee and artist John Buscema.
Thomas, who would shortly thereafter become Marvel editor-in-chief, recalled in 2008 that...there were several things that led to Savage Tales being cancelled after that first issue. Martin Goodman had never wanted to do a non- Code comic because he didn't want any trouble with the over it. Nor did he want to get into magazine-format comics. So Goodman looked for an excuse to cancel it; when the magazine began publishing again years in the wake of a Conan-inspired sword-and-sorcery trend in comics, it starred the likes of Conan. As of issue #6, the magazine cover-featured Ka-Zar; the series featured painted covers by comics artists including John Buscema, Pablo Marcos & John Romita, Neal Adams, Boris Vallejo, Michael Kaluta. A 1975 annual, consisting of reprints from Ka-Zar's color-comics series, sported a new cover by Ken Barr. Volume 2 ran eight issues, it featured action stories with a military fiction slant. Stories in the first and fourth issues, a feature called "5th to the 1st" by writer Doug Murray and artist Michael Golden, were the forerunners of the duo's color-comics series The'Nam.
In 2007 American publisher Dynamite Entertainment started a new Savage Tales, a color comic book sword and sorcery anthology starring the character Red Sonja. Savage Tales at the Grand Comics Database Savage Tales at the Comic Book DB Savage Tales at the Comic Book DB Savage Tales at the Comic Book DB
Twisted Tales was a horror comics anthology published by Pacific Comics and Eclipse Comics, in the early 1980s. The title was edited by April Campbell. Twisted Tales was published on a bi-monthly schedule by Pacific Comics from November 1982 to May 1984. After Pacific went bankrupt, two final issues were published by Eclipse Comics in November and December 1984. In August 1986, Blackthorne Publishing released Twisted Tales 3-D #1, with reprints of stories taken from earlier issues. In November 1987 a Twisted Tales trade paperback was released by Eclipse Comics with a Dave Stevens cover, featuring unpublished stories and art. With three exceptions, all of the stories in the entire run of Twisted Tales were written by Jones, who had shown a knack for horror a decade before when he was employed as a scripter for Warren Publishing, writing for their Creepy and Eerie titles. Jones, a self-described "child of the 50's", was influenced by the horror and science fiction movies of that decade, but as noted in his editorial in Issue #1, his chief inspiration was the bloody and moralistic tales of the EC horror comics.
His work in Twisted Tales utilizing twist endings, added huge dollops of graphic violence and sexuality to the EC formula, complete with copious female nudity, making the title a definite "adults only" item. The most gruesome and controversial story to appear in the comic was "Banjo Lessons" in the April 1983 issue, with artwork by former underground comics illustrator Rand Holmes. A story about the murderous violence that ensues one summery day when a repressed memory is innocently triggered, it was a shocking mix of extreme gore, cannibalism and borderline racism; the tale was prefaced by special commentary by Campbell apologizing in advance for any accusations of bigotry the story might spark, but readers' emotional responses to the story still filled the next issue's letters page. Front covers for the comic were by, among others, Richard Corben, John Bolton, Bernie Wrightson. Contributing interior artists included Corben, Wrightson, Mike Ploog, Val Mayerik, Bill Wray, Tim Conrad, Alfredo Alcala, Rick Geary, as well as one story written and illustrated by editor Jones himself.
In 1985, soon after the cancellation of Twisted Tales, Eclipse began publishing The Twisted Tales of Bruce Jones, featuring science fiction and horror stories written and illustrated by Jones. Although the cover of the initial issue noted that it was to be "Part 1 of 2", the title was expanded to a four-issue run and ceased publication in 1986. In January 2005, Todd McFarlane announced that he was set to produce a half-hour anthology television series for Fox called Twisted Tales, based on the comic book to which McFarlane had purchased the rights. However, according to Bruce Jones, Twisted Tales was a creator-owned property and does not belong to McFarlane. Fan site re: Twisted Tales
Dean Motter is an illustrator and writer who worked for many years in Toronto, Canada, New York City, Atlanta. Motter is best known for his album cover designs, he is the creator and designer of Mister X, one of the most influential "new-wave" comics of the 1980s. Dean Motter showed interest in drawing from an early age, his parents, both artists themselves, encouraged his endeavors, he attended college for fine arts, but lost interest and segued into music. In the late 1970s, Motter edited and art directed Andromeda, a Canadian comic book series which adapted the works of major science–fiction authors such as Arthur C. Clarke and A. E. van Vogt. During that time Motter and collaborator Ken Steacy created The Sacred & The Profane, which Archie Goodwin referred to as "the first true graphic novel" in the contemporary comics medium, he collaborated on the design for Marshall McLuhan's posthumous book Laws of Media and illustrated several educational children's books. Motter achieved recognition for his album cover design during his tenure as art director for CBS Records Canada, with his own studios, Diagram Studios and Modern Imageworks.
His record jackets and promotional graphics have won several awards. Motter has been nominated for a Juno Award six times, won twice, he won a Juno Award in 1983 for "Best Album Graphics" for his work on the Anvil album Metal on Metal. The following year, he again won the "Best Album Graphics" award for his work on the Seamless album by The Nylons, along with Jeff Jackson and Deborah Samuel. In 1988, he co-wrote and illustrated Shattered Visage for DC Comics based on Patrick McGoohan's 1960s British television series The Prisoner; the following year he created the logo and basic cover design for DC's Piranha Press imprint. Dean relocated in New York City in 1990 where he served as art director and senior designer for Byron Preiss Visual Publications In 1993, he joined the staff at DC Comics where he oversaw the corporate and licensing designs for many of their characters, he returned to the freelance community in 1997, retaining his previous employers among his most active clients. Motter’s acclaimed Vertigo mini-series Terminal City and its sequel Terminal City: Aerial Graffiti were nominated for a number of Eisner and Harvey Awards during their 1996–1998 run.
His artwork has been featured in many comic book publications, notably the Classics Illustrated adaptation of The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Batman: Black & White, Grendel: Red and Black, John Constantine: Hellblazer and 9-11: Artists Respond as well as the Superman's First Flight children's book for Scholastic. He has written stories for Superman Adventures, Star Wars Tales, Will Eisner's The Spirit, Wolverine. In 2001 Dean re-united with Michael Lark to create the award-winning Batman: Nine Lives graphic novel for DC Comics. During that time he wrote and illustrated Electropolis for Image Comics. Motter has compiled and designed the retrospectives, Echoes: The Drawings of Michael Wm. Kaluta and The Thrilling Comic Book Cover Art of Alex Schomberg for Vanguard Productions, as well as Mister X: The Archives and Mister X: The Modern Age for Dark Horse Books, he continues to write and illustrate Mister X comics for Dark Horse Comics as well as documentary comic book works for the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, the David S. Wyman Institute for Holocaust Studies, the Karski Institute for Holocaust Education and the Spyscape museum in NYC.
Born in the suburbs of Cleveland, Dean Motter was raised in a family of devout Protestants. Though an agnostic himself, he regards religion as a positive institution, commenting that "it has value and it has enriched people's lives." He studied under Eric McLuhan and artist Michael Hayden in his college years. He has been married three times, including to the late Heather Brown. Having lived in Toronto and Manhattan, he makes his home outside of Atlanta, Georgia. Official website Cooke, Jon B.. Mister X-Man Motter, Comic Book Artist, No. 15 November 2001 Klaehn, Jeffery. Mister X: Still Sleepless After All These Years, Publishers Weekly, November 24, 2008 Episode 74: Dean Motter, comiXology, December 29, 2008 Klaehn, Jeffery. Mister M: A Career Retrospective with Dean Motter, Graphic Novel Reporter, February 2009
Margaret Eleanor Atwood is a Canadian poet, literary critic, inventor and environmental activist. She has published seventeen books of poetry, sixteen novels, ten books of non-fiction, eight collections of short fiction, eight children's books, one graphic novel, as well as a number of small press editions in poetry and fiction. Atwood and her writing have won numerous awards and honors including the Man Booker Prize, Arthur C. Clarke Award, Governor General's Award, Franz Kafka Prize, the National Book Critics and PEN Center USA Lifetime Achievement Awards. Atwood is the inventor and developer of the LongPen and associated technologies that facilitate the remote robotic writing of documents; as a novelist and poet, Atwood's works encompass a variety of themes including the power of language and identity, religion and myth, climate change, "power politics." Many of her poems are inspired by myths and fairy tales which interested her from a early age. Among her contributions to Canadian literature, Atwood is a founder of the Griffin Poetry Prize and Writers' Trust of Canada.
Atwood was born in Ottawa, Canada, as the second of three children of Carl Edmund Atwood, an entomologist and Margaret Dorothy, a former dietitian and nutritionist from Woodville, Nova Scotia. Because of her father's ongoing research in forest entomology, Atwood spent much of her childhood in the backwoods of northern Quebec and travelling back and forth between Ottawa, Sault Ste. Marie, Toronto, she did not attend school full-time. She became a voracious reader of literature, Dell pocketbook mysteries, Grimms' Fairy Tales, Canadian animal stories and comic books, she attended Leaside High School in Leaside and graduated in 1957. Atwood began writing poems at the age of six. Atwood realized. In 1957, she began studying at Victoria College in the University of Toronto, where she published poems and articles in Acta Victoriana, the college literary journal, participated in the sophomore theatrical tradition of The Bob Comedy Revue, her professors included Northrop Frye. She graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of minors in philosophy and French.
In 1961 Atwood began graduate studies at Radcliffe College of Harvard University, with a Woodrow Wilson fellowship. She obtained a master's degree from Radcliffe in 1962 and pursued doctoral studies for two years, but did not finish her dissertation, "The English Metaphysical Romance". In 1968, Atwood married an American writer, she formed a relationship with fellow novelist Graeme Gibson soon afterward and moved to a farm near Alliston, where their daughter, Eleanor Jess Atwood Gibson, was born in 1976. The family returned to Toronto in 1980. Although she is an accomplished writer, Margaret Atwood claims to be a terrible speller. Atwood's first book of poetry, Double Persephone, was published as a pamphlet by Hawskhead Press in 1961, winning the E. J. Pratt Medal. While continuing to write, Atwood was a lecturer in English at the University of British Columbia, from 1964 to 1965, Instructor in English at the Sir George Williams University in Montreal from 1967 to 1968, taught at the University of Alberta from 1969 to 1970.
In 1966, The Circle Game was published. This collection was followed by three other small press collections of poetry: Kaleidoscopes Baroque: a poem, Cranbrook Academy of Art. Atwood's first novel, The Edible Woman, was published in 1969; as a social satire of North American consumerism, many critics have cited the novel as an early example of the feminist concerns found in many of Atwood's works. Atwood taught at York University in Toronto from 1971 to 1972 and was a writer-in-residence at the University of Toronto during the 1972/1973 academic year. A prolific period for her poetry, Atwood published six collections over the course of the decade: The Journals of Susanna Moodie, Procedures for Underground, Power Politics, You Are Happy, Selected Poems 1965–1975, Two-Headed Poems. Atwood published three novels during this time: Surfacing. Surfacing, Lady Oracle, Life Before Man, like The Edible Woman, explore identity and social constructions of gender as they relate to topics such as nationhood and sexual politics.
In particular, along with her first non-fiction monograph, Survival: A Thematic Guide to Canadian Literature, helped establish Atwood as an important and emerging voice in Canadian literature. In 1977 Atwood published her first short story collection, Dancing Girls, the winner of the St. Lawrence Award for Fiction and the award of The Periodical Distributors of Canada for Short Fiction. By 1976 interest in Atwood, her works, her life were high enough that Maclean's declared her to be "Canada's most gossiped-about writer." Atwood's literary reputation continued to rise in the 1980s with the publication of Bodily Harm. Despite her distaste for literary labels, Atwood has since conceded to referring to The Handmaid's Tale as a work of science fiction or, more spec