Wednesday, August 03, 2011

99 original interviews and rare photos: "lost" superhero stars of the '70s-'80s


 From author Marc Tyler Nobleman:

To bridge the gap between my book Boys of Steel: The Creators of Superman (2008) and my upcoming book on Batman/Bill Finger (2012), I found and interviewed 99 "lost" stars of superhero/cartoon entertainment of the '70s and '80s - from the pimp in Superman: The Movie to the original singer of the Scooby-Doo theme to the voice actors of the Wonder Twins. (Scroll down for list of the 10 subseries.)
 
The interviews are sometimes hilarious and often poignant; many of these people had no idea they have fans. You will also see many previously unpublished "then and now" photos and rare documents and mementoes from various private collections.
 
I am posting one interview per day between now and 10/12/11, with a few gaps for my blog's "regularly scheduled content."
 
10 subseries.
71 posts.
88 days.
99 interviews.
 
It all starts here.
 
The 10 subseries (mark your calendar!):
 
Super Friends (1973-86)
28 interviews (15 voice actors, 7 writers, 2 animators, 4 other production staff)
launched 7/17/11
 
Sea World superheroes water ski show (1976-79)
44 interviews (37 skiers, 1 high diver, 2 announcers, 4 production staff)
launches 8/22/11
 
Superman: The Movie (1978)
3 interviews (all actors)
launches 9/15/11
 
Legends of the Superheroes (1979)
5 interviews (3 actors, 1 deceased actor’s niece, 1 director/producer)
launches 9/20/11
 
Batman and Robin Meet Dr. Danger (circa 1979)
2 interviews (both performers)
launches 9/26/11
 
Bugs Bunny Meets the Superheroes (1979-81)
6 interviews (all performers)
launches 9/27/11
 
The Plastic Man Comedy Show (1979-81; repackaged with live-action host in 1984)
2 interviews (1 actor, 1 director/producer)
launches 9/28/11
 
Superman (Ruby-Spears animated series, 1988)
1 interview (voice actor)
launches 10/2/11
 
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (seasons 1-2: 1969-71)
7 interviews (2 voice actors, 2 theme song singers, 1 music producer, 1 songwriter’s widow, 1 songwriter’s son)
launches 10/4/11
 
And a wild card:
 
Mick Smiley (“Magic,” Ghostbusters, 1984)
1 interview
launches 10/12/11
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