"Mark O., you make a good point about censorship, and I'll take it a step farther. There are times when censorship is necessary; I am thinking about information from the government or military, in such times when that information must be secret…"
"ITEM: Commander, I hope I’m not stepping on your toes here… but this cartoon is kinda out of the silver age, so I hope I’m supplementing and not usurping. When NBC decided to give Hanna-Barbera a slot on their Saturday mornings in…"
"ITEM: As for jumping off of a roof… anyone stupid enough to jump off a roof gets what they deserve. Eliminating Superman cartoons didn’t eliminate Superman comics… ah, but there we go back to Frederic Wertham again.
"ITEM: This is where a bad trend began (or perhaps came to the fore), which a lot of parents didn’t want to admit. Peggy Charren got on her damned bandwagon because she finally watched Saturday morning cartoons with her kids.
Let me repeat…"
"The topic I've been waiting for. I hope you won't mind, Commander, that I have a few replies to this...
ITEM: I have given a name to my pain and my rage… and it is Peggy Charren. (Well, Frederic Wertham too, but that’s a…"
"Commander B. - of course you're right about business being business, and while it IS a shame that females didn't make entry into cartoons, there is no question that they wouldn't have sold; no one would have watched. TV cartoons were…"
"...and Tara in the Herculoids and Princess Naida in the Arabian Knights. But I don't remember a lead woman in a cartoon until... gee, I have to think Spider-Woman in 1979.
H-B and others' humor cartoons didn't do much better. Petunia…"
"Heavens sakes. I remember all of these, but because I looked them up... not because I ever watched them. I suppose I might have once or twice, and then dropped 'em to see if the Herculoids was on...
And then, in the 70s and early 80s (if…"
"And if you REALLY want to see an adult cartoon masquerading as a kids cartoon... it's Rocky and Bullwinkle. I wish Ward and Scott were still around today, making cartoons. They knew their audience VERY well."
"Ronald, for the Filmation cartoons, I think they could either have focused on the invisibility powers and shape shifting powers (yeow! Think of the animation costs!) or they could have made him a green Superman - and they already had Superman.
"Hey Luke, here's your crossover to the Herculoids. Zandor, the leader of the Herculoids, had a different name to begin with. Whoever designed him thought that he should be named "Zantar."
Flip the syllables and you'll find…"
"Actually, a bar sinister is a left handed lawyer. Simon failed out of law school, so he became a criminal... no, wait, that's probably the same thing.
I wonder who named their kid "Thug." How cruel can you be?"
"Ronald - have you checked on Marvel comics lately? Something is preventing a Fantastic Four COMIC BOOK from coming out - and that's Marvel. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you... ah, but that's a topic for another place and time."
"It is possible that my favorite treatment of Gloop and Gleep was one of the "stay tuned" bumpers, where Gloop turned into a border, and Gleep turned into text - something like "Stay tuned for more action!" or some such.
"Mrs. Quest - in non-canonical reference, the series I keep hyping, "Future Quest", shows a flashback where the Quests and the Conroys (et. al.) were working on a defense project sabotaged by F.E.A.R., and Mrs. Quest and Mr. Conroy were…"
All I can say is "Aw, damn!" For weeks now, I've been meaning to state in a comment to one of my Deck Log articles how much I appreciate your unflagging support and your incisive commentary on my column. I kept putting it off because I never found the right place, or was too busy to add a comment, or any of the hundred of things we put off doing stuff we should.
Of all the members of this board, you were my most loyal reader, and compliment or criticism or just plain commentary, I always looked forward to seeing you post a comment. You're one of the Silver-Age experts who kept me on my toes.
So I shall miss your presence here, probably more than most. But it's your decision, friend. I don't stand in your shoes. Each of us has to determine what is right for himself and then act accordingly. I'd prefer you stay, but if you feel you have to go, then go with my blessing. And my regrets.
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