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« on: May 27, 2007, 01:33:14 AM »

I used to love these cartoons back in the day but I never noticed until now HOW MUCH THIS GUY LOOKS LIKE SUPERMAN!!! Is this a coincidence or by design? In this clip The Mighty Hercules battles The Mask of Vulcan!
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« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2007, 03:31:04 AM »

He is similar to Superman but when I think about it, he's most like Capt. Marvel --kind of innocent, lots of dopey cartoon friends, and he holds up his ring and is hit by thunder.  An M.O. that was also ripped off by He-Man (one part Kirby's New Gods, one part Shazam).

 
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« Reply #2 on: May 28, 2007, 03:03:02 PM »

That little centaur and satyr must be the most annoying characters in the history of animation!
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« Reply #3 on: May 28, 2007, 03:23:28 PM »

What a great find; I never knew this cartoon existed. Boy, I am going to have to agree. Hercules' design looks exactly like TAS Superman. It's frightening.

Telle, I always figured Captain Marvel was similar to Young Samson.
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« Reply #4 on: May 28, 2007, 07:04:05 PM »

He looks just like the modern cartoon version of Superman. The animation is really bad, they barely move.
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« Reply #5 on: May 31, 2007, 07:25:11 AM »

What a great find; I never knew this cartoon existed. Boy, I am going to have to agree. Hercules' design looks exactly like TAS Superman. It's frightening.

Telle, I always figured Captain Marvel was similar to Young Samson.

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« Reply #6 on: September 27, 2007, 04:31:10 PM »

What a great find; I never knew this cartoon existed. Boy, I am going to have to agree. Hercules' design looks exactly like TAS Superman. It's frightening.

Telle, I always figured Captain Marvel was similar to Young Samson.

Well I do have their powers!  And Holy Moley! Isn't that little centaur guy from a box of "Lucky Charms" breakfast cerial?
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« Reply #7 on: September 27, 2007, 07:06:01 PM »

I seem to remember back when STAS was starting, it was pointed out that these Herc cartoons heavily influenced the Superman character design.  But now I can't remember if it was other people pointing it out, or Timm himself.

Anyway, it's a hoot to see this cheapo animation.  Notice how long the bad guy (off camera) holds the mask to the camera, then holds it over his head with his back turned, and finally turns around...AFTER the thing's on his head.  So we're 30+ seconds in without having to show the guy's mouth moving even once.  Genius.

But waitaminnit.  Did Hercules live on Mt Olympus?  I thought as a demi-god he was a resident of terra firma.
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