Early 1990s: The Best Time to be a Kid, Part II

I spent a long time thinking about what to showcase in this next segment.  “What could be more awesome than Gak?” I asked myself.  After some deep soul-searching, the answer was Saturday morning cartoons.  As a wee lad, Saturday morning cartoons were the highlight of my week…

The building is on fire

Spiderman is on

Er, maybe the highlight of my early existence.

Spider-man was indeed awesome, but it was one of many great cartoons.  I thought about which Saturday morning cartoons were my favorites for a bit and then, all of a sudden, it came to me.

One word…Thundercats.


That’s right, Thundercats.  I know some of you are probably crying foul right now.  “But underwhelmer, Thundercats aired from 1985 to 1988 and technically isn’t an early 90s show.”  I hear your concerns, but that’s what made Thundercats even more awesome to me as a kid.  In the early 90s, it was all reruns and they were all out of order; completely demolishing any semblance of a plot or feeling of continuity between episodes.

My memories of the show hold up much better than the actual show itself.  I re-watched a couple of episodes and came to the conclusion that it was completely fucking insane.  The basis of the show was on the same preposterous level as Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.  Ninjitsu master, teenage, pizza-addicted, crime fighting anthropomorphized turtles named after the great masters of art and science?  Why the hell not?

I make no fucking sense

Thundercats made no more sense than the turtles.  First off, they’re space-faring cat people who are fleeing the destruction of their planet, Thundera.  Let your mind wrap around that one for a moment.  Good now?  OK.  Next, they flee to a planet called, Third Earth (never-you-mind what happened to Second Earth.) Along this journey, they are nearly hunted to extinction by mutant marauders hailing from the unimaginatively named planet, Plun-Darr.  The Thundercats stave off extinction with a magic sword that houses a powerful artifact called The Eye of Thundera.  Upon landing on Third Earth, Lion-O is appointed the leader of the Thundercats despite the fact that (due to a stasis capsule accident) he literally has the mind of a child in the body of a cat/ Conan hybrid.  The Thundercats build a base of operations called the Cat’s Lair with the help of the Third Earth natives, who we never seem to see in any other episodes.  This plot hole is quickly left wide open with the swift arrival of the Plun-Darr marauders and the introduction of Mumm-Ra, who for no clear reason is a D&D Liche living the bowels of Third Earth.  The series then catapults into a series of skirmishing conflicts between the Thundercats and the Mumm-Ra/ Plun-Darr alliance.  Nothing is ever resolved and the Thundercats and Mumm-Ra’s forces are locked in perpetual struggle for dominance of a planet that seemed to be completely oblivious to the alien races battling in their jungles.  In short, it was the perfect recipe for a Saturday morning cartoon; utter madness.

Despite the fact that the show was created by crazy people, it did follow a fairly structured episode layout.  I think the below graph sums up about 90% of the episodes across all of the seasons… enjoy.

Every Episode


P.S.  Snarf!



Early 1990s: The Best Time to be a Kid, Part I

I got up this morning, made my coffee and sat at my writing desk, as is my usual Sunday ritual.  My desk has a nice window view toward my neighborhood.  I get to write and draw for hours while watching my neighbors do normal human things.  There’s nothing like observing people interacting with each other outside on a bright, sunny day to remind me of how much of a creepy hermit I’ve become since I’ve started writing.

Azalea Bushes


Creepy as Hell

As I typed in my underpants, I noticed two ten-year-old boys sitting on the curb (stop thinking what you’re thinking you damned perverts) and they were both staring at their smart phones, presumably texting each other.

It was a beautiful day outside; why were they on their phones?.  They’re frigging ten… why do they have smart phones in the first place?  Shouldn’t they be chasing each other, throwing a ball or attaching fireworks to small animals?

I started thinking about how shitty it would be to re-live my childhood in 2013.  I’m glad that I grew up in that VHS inspired, color saturated fashion apocalypse that was the early 90s.  To illustrate how awesome this special period of time was to me, I’ve decided to put together a multi-part series showcasing, through charts and graphs, the ridiculous things that made being a kid in the 90s simply awesome.  And with that, I give you an analysis of that wondrous material crafted by the fun-gineers over at Nickelodeon, Gak.



P.S. My neighbors keep looking back at me.

P.P.S. Better put some pants on.