Saturday, November 14, 2015

NBC Superhero cartoons of the 1960s-1980s: Where are They Now?

Note: this is a “grab bag” of various superhero cartoons that don’t easily fit anywhere else. It is not intended to be complete.  Info derived from the imdb. Only roles 2013-on being tracked.

Batman and the Super 7 was a condensed version of CBS’ Tarzan and the Super 7 and cartoons are covered here:

Fantastic Four; Fred and Barney Meet the Thing/Schmoo (Thing segments)

Super Globetrotters:

Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends:

Incredible Hulk:

Godzilla (treated as quasi-superhero)

Kid Super Power Hour with Shazam! (Shazam segments):

Captain Caveman segments in the Flintstone Comedy Hour had Wilma and Betty as supporting cast and will likely be covered in a later post devoted to the show or the Flintstones in general.

Dynomutt and Space Ghost cartoons originated on ABC.

The Super 6 (1966-1969):
Daws Butler (Brother Matzoriley #2, Magneto Man): died in 1988.
Pat Carroll (Dispatcher "Super Chief"): in BFF's (2014), Sammy's Adventures 2 (2012), Kingdom Hearts 3D: Dream Drop Distance (2012 video game); as Self: Pioneers of Television (2 episodes 2013-2014).
Paul Frees (Brother Matzoriley #1 & #3, Captain Whammo/Zammo): died in 1986,
June Foray (Bubbles): in Rocky and Bullwinkle (2014), Dustland (2013), DuckTales: Remastered (2013 video game), The Looney Tunes Show (3 episodes 2013); as Self: I Know that Voice (2013), The One and Only June Foray (2013), 2013 Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards (2013), VO Buzz Weekly (2 episodes 2013).
Joan Gerber: died in 2011.
Arte Johnson (Super Scuba): last known acting role in 2005, as Self in 2006.
Lyn Johnson (Granite Man, Percival): no other known acting roles.
Diana Maddox (Cal): last known acting role in 1969, as Writer in 1981, as Producer in 1971.
Charles Smith (Super Bwoing): died in 1988.
Paul Stewart (Elevator Man): died in 1986.

Birdman and the Galaxy Trio (1967-1969)
Keith Andes (Birdman): died in 2005.
Don Messick (Falcon 7, General Stone, Dr. Shado (the Brain Thief), Mentock the Mind Taker, Vapor Man, Dr. Shark): died in 1997.
John Stephenson (Number One, Reducto): died in 2015.
Vic Perrin (Number One, The Ruthless Ringmaster, Vulturo, The Constrictor, Zandu, Morto): died in 1989.
Dick Beals (Birdboy): died in 2012.
Mike Road (Dr. Freezoids, Chang, Dr. Demon, Captain Moray): died in 2013
Ted Cassidy (Meteor Man): died in 1979.
Virginia Eiler (Gravity Girl): died in 2004.
Hal Smith (Dr. Millennium, Dr. Gordo) died in 1994.
Frank Gerstle (Professor Claw, Speed Demon, Deadly Duplicator, Skon, Dr. Mentar): died in 1970.
Henry Corden (Cumbulus, Professor Nightshade): died in 205.
Gerald Mohr (Hannibal The Hunter): died in 1968.

Super President (1967-1968)
Daws Butler (?), Ted Cassidy (Richard Vance, Spy Shadow), Don Messick: see Birdman and the Galaxy Trio.
June Foray (?), Paul Frees (Super President, Narrator): see Super 6.
Shepard Menken (?): died in 1999.
Lorri Scott (?): last known acting role in 1996, then 1993, then 1982.
Mark Skor (?): last known acting role in 1976.

The Metric Marvels (1978-1979)

Commercials designed to teach kids the Metric system. Characters included Liter Leader, Meter Man, Super Celsius, and Wonder Gram. I was unable to determine who played whom, though Wonder Gram was most likely Lynn Ahrens, being the only female character and performer, respectively.

Lynn Ahrens: acting credits unclear (her performances tend to be in song form; possibly last in 2009 in Schoolhouse Rock song); as Writer: Lucky Stiff (2014); as Self: The Show (1 episode 2014).
Bob Dorough: last known acting role counting Schoolhouse Rock song in 2009, otherwise 2005; as Self:  Jingle Bell Rocks! (2013).
Bob Kaliban: last known acting role in 2011.
Paul Winchell: died in 2005.

Hero High (1981-1982)

The other half of Kid Super Power with Shazam! cartoons. Most characters also in the live action song and comedy bits.

John Berwick (Rex Ruthless): no known subsequent acting roles; as Writer in 1983.
Jere Fields (Misty Magic): last known acting role in 1987.
Linda Gary (Miss Grimm): died in 1995.
Jim Greenleaf (Weatherman): last known acting role in 1986, as Self in 2012.
Maylo McCaslin (Dirty Trixie): last known acting role in 2005, as Self in 2009.
Alan Oppenheimer (Principal Sampson, Narrator): in Adventure Time with Finn & Jake (1 episode 2014), Foxcatcher (2014), Shin hikari shinwa: Parutena no kagami (2012 video game); as Self: TV's Nastiest Villains (2014), Toy Masters (2012).
Rebecca Perle (Glorious Gal): last known acting role in 1988.
Erika Scheimer (Bratman): last known acting role in 1988, as Self in 2012.
Johnny Venocour (Punk Rock): no known subsequent acting roles.
Christopher Hensel (Captain California): last known acting role in 1984.
Lou Scheimer (A.W.O.L.): died in 2013; as Self, filming: The Adventures of Kaitlyn Kitty Kat Kay (2016).

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