Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The Cult-TV Faces of: The Superhero


  1. OK, here goes:
    1. George Reeves as Superman (The Adventures of Superman)
    2. Adam West and Burt Ward as Batman and Robin (Batman)
    3. Van Williams and Bruce Lee as the Green Hornet and Kato (Green Hornet)
    4. Stephen Strimpell as Mr. Terrific
    5. William Daniels as Captain Nice
    6. Ben Murphy as Gemini Man
    7. Lee Majors as Col. Steve Austin (The Six Million Dollar Man)
    8. Joanna Cameron as Isis (Secrets of Isis)
    9. Deidre Hall and Judy Strangis as Electra-Woman and Dyna-Girl (The Krofft Super Show)
    10. Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers (The Bionic Woman)
    11. Nicholas Hammond (or perhaps stuntman Fred Waugh) as Spider-Man
    12. Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman (The New Adventures of Wonder Woman)
    13. Lou Ferrigno as The Incredible Hulk
    14. William Katt as Ralph Hinkley (The Greatest American Hero)
    15. Chuck Wagner as Automan
    16. Lewis Van Bergen as Jon Sable (Sable)
    17. Jeff Lester as Captain Justice (Once A Hero)
    18. John Wesley Shipp as The Flash
    19. Dick Durock as Swamp Thing
    20. Dean Cain as Clark Kent (Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman)
    21. Carl Lumbly as M.A.N.T.I.S.
    22. Mark Dacascos as The Crow (The Crow: Stairway to Heaven)
    23. Michelle Lintel as Black Scorpion (Must resist making obvious joke)
    24. Matt McColm as NightMan
    25. Eric Close as Michael (Wiseman)Newman (Now and Again)
    26. Victoria Pratt as Shalimar Fox (Mutant X)
    27. Patrick Warburton and David Burke as The Tick and Arthur (The Tick)
    28. Yancy Butler as Sara Pezzini (Witchblade)
    29. Dina Meyer as Batgirl (Birds of Prey)
    30. Tom Welling as Clark Kent/Kal-El (Smallville)
    31. Michelle Ryan as Jaime Sommers (Bionic Woman)
    32. Milo Venimigila as Peter Petrelli (Heroes)

    The only one I'm not certain about is Sable.

    Thanks for this, John.

  2. Anonymous4:52 AM

    1. Adventures of Superman 1952
    2. Batman 1966
    3. The Green Hornet aka The Kato Show 1966
    4. Mr. Terrific
    5. Captain Nice
    7. Six Million Dollar Man
    8. Isis
    9. Elektra Woman and Dyna Girl (Electra-Cool!)
    10. The Bionic Woman
    11. Spider-Man 1981
    12. Wonder Woman (you're a wonder, Wonder Woman!)Hey, where are the pictures of Debra Winger as Drusilla aka Wonder Girl?
    13. The Incredible Hulk 1977 with Bill Bixsby and Lou Ferrigno
    14. The Greatest American Hero
    15. Automan
    17. Captain Justice
    18. The Flash 1990
    19. Swamp Thing 1990
    20. Lois and Clark
    21. M.A.N.T.I.S
    22. and the secret ingredient is....The Crow: Stairway to Heaven
    23. Black Scorpian
    24. Night Man
    26. Mutant X
    27. The Tick
    28. Witchblade
    29. Birds of Prey
    30. Smallville
    32. Heroes
    I think that's the best I can do
    Dreaded Dreams
    Petunia Scareum

  3. It's like dying and going to heaven. So much great stuff. Has anyone seen Tick?

    And that shot of Wonder Woman's Lynda Carter. [Eating hand] Good grief, makes me want to pull the box set out right now! : )

  4. Wow,

    Howard and Trick or Treat Pete -- you two are AMAZING! You guys are fantastic, identifying these superheroes in such short order.

    The only one that seems to be giving you both grief at this point is #16, which is actually the late Simon MacCorkindale as "Manimal," another Glen Larson series that arrived the same year as Automan.

    But still, you two are super-impressive getting these; and Howard, you have great discipline to resist the joke (from your quote in my Superhero book) about Black Scorpion! :)

    Hi Sci-Fi Fanatic: These are gorgeous superheroes, aren't they? The Tick is an amazing, wickedly funny show and I highly recommend it!

    I agree with you about Lynda Carter. I soooo need to watch some Wonder Woman again,

    Thank you, all my friends!


  5. Ahh, it's good to see John Wesley Shipp in there as the scarlet speedster, the crimson comet, the monarch of motion, my all-time favorite superhero... The Flash! CBS's The Flash was a wonderful superhero series--a rare breed, really--and it'll always have a special place in my heart.

  6. Hi Brian,

    I agree with you: The Flash was one of my favorite superhero programs when it aired back in 1990. I really wish it had gone on beyond one season: the series had good actors, good special effects, and some fun, quirky stories. I've always admired "The scarlet speedster" too...

    Thanks for the comment,

    warmest wishes,

  7. Ah, AUTOMAN. I have fond memories of this admittedly cheesy guilty pleasure but loved the TRON-like blue glow to his costume.

  8. JD: Automan is a guilty pleasure of mine, too! I love the costume and the Tron riffs; and Automan is by far and away better than the other Glen Larson series of the same vintage, Manimal (which was really pretty dreadful...).


  9. Right there with everyone on The Flash. Just picked up the box set for 15 dollars. Excellent show.

  10. Chris and I watched "the Crow" last night. He had never seen it :)

  11. Wasn't Black Scorpion a soft-core porn series edited down for regular TV? I could have sworn this was true.

    Or was that some odd dream I had that makes me sound like a strange person now that I described it in public?

  12. Hi Alicia!

    The original Crow film from 1994 is awesome. What did Chris think of it? Terrific, moody, dark film...

    And hi, Will! You know, Black Scorpion originally consisted of two soft-core porn "movies" (ahem) but then it was adapted to be a series on the Sci-Fi Channel for one season. It was no longer any kind of porn, just...bad.

    But guests on the show included Frank Gorshin, Adam West and Lou Ferrigno, among other luminaries of superherodom!

    Now, let me bash TNG some more in your presence! Hah...kidding. I enjoyed reading your comment today on SFF's review of Farscape. :)


  13. Anonymous2:08 AM

    I was going to say Manimal too, dang it.
    I love Mark Dacascos, he's the best part of Iron Chef, lol. Did you know he was on one episode of The Flash? Small world, isn't it.
    I didn't get #31 I guess because I never bothered to watch the newer version of The Bionic Woman.
    Dreaded Dreams
    Petunia Scareum

  14. Trick or Treat Pete:

    I can't blame you about the new Bionic Woman. It was awful. Absolutely awful. Offhand, I can't think of a worse TV series (besides Black Scorpion, anyway...)


  15. JKM,

    I never watched those soft porn movies. I didn't. Not once. Okay. Jeez. Leave me alone. I. Did not. Have. Sexual Relations. With that show.


  16. Hi Will,

    I watched those Black Scorpion movies (soft-porn), but only as research for my book, you know?




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