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80s Cartoons That Deserve Current Comic Series

Which three would be the best for comic format?

 The flag for Cybertron looks eerily familiar.
Like many people here, I grew up in the 80s, during the "cartoon renaissance." It was a time of mass-marketing action figures, which were quickly turned into 30-minute Saturday morning cartoons filled with action and pseudo-violence. Almost every show on the air had a science fiction element or two to it. Many of us crave these shows, since we haven't seen most of them since they aired. In the past decade, we've seen many of these franchises get picked up and made into comic books, and the most notable being Masters of the Universe, Transformers, and G.I. Joe. Each of these books had great success, even though Masters of the Universe was canceled. 
 
Over the past few days, I've had a craving for a little something from my childhood, so I went into my back issues and pulled out the 2002 Thundercats series from Wildstorm, and I reread most of them. First off, I completely forgot about the big-named artists that worked on this: Ed Benes, J Scott Campbell, and Ed McGuinness. The book may have been decent to ok, but it got me thinking, why don't we have more comics based off of franchises from the 80s? There's so much good stuff out there that is going untapped. Most of these books had their own comic runs, a few with Marvel to be exact, during the 80s, but what about now? Why aren't some of these great franchises being tapped?
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 I didn't know robots could not only be horses, but mad horses.
What about Bravestarr? A story of a space cowboy/Marshall named Bravestarr, and his job as a Marshall on "New Texas" a planet lights years away from Earth. He could call upon the powers of spirit animals to help him out as well. He rode on a robotic horse and fought Tex Hex (related to Jonah Hex?), a gang leader with magical powers. 
 
Sure, there's a lot of cheeseball stuff in there that wouldn't be so great today, but clean it up and you could have yourself a great show. It may take away from what the show was originally about, but why not make it violent and more suited for adults? The people who would really want this book are in their late-20s to early 30s now, so give us what we really want. On a side note, like most 80s cartoons, there was a stupid annoying sidekick. This show had a couple. There was a "Snarf" (Thundercats reference) like character, but more annoying for me, was BraveStarr's horse. He suffered from that 80s too cool for school syndrome. Let BraveStarr do all the talking, and the horse do all the shooting, and make it dark.
 
 Funny... This doesn't look very futuristic... Where are the hover-boards?
They were fighting crime in a future time was before Van Dame appeared in time cop. they were C.O.P.S. AKA Central Organization of Police Specialists. The thing most of us remember above everything else was that it was a mixture of essentially everything that had already been done. It was Police Academy meets G.I. Joe meets Batman, but it stood on its own perfectly fine. It was a whole police force with futuristic weapons, each character with their own code name of course, fighting Batman-esque rogues. 
 
Again, this is something that would need to be a little bit of a darker show, in order to make it really good. There's lots of team books out there, and many of them work, even G.I. Joe, but this show and book would be on more of a local level. Just one city they need to protect. One very large city. Even following one individual around from the team, like Bulletproof, in the center of the picture. Out of all the team cartoons out there, this one would probably work the best since there are so many different personalities and characters to choose from.
 
 I used to dream of diving into a vault filled with gold coins, until I got older and realized that it would break my neck.
Not everything from the 80s has to be dark, brooding, and violent though. There were a lot of great shows aimed at the youngsters also that would work as great comics not only for kids, but for adults also. Out of all the ones I can think of, there's one that stands out, DuckTales. It's the story of Uncle Scrooge and his three nephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie. Uncle Scrooge is insanely rich, and in each episode he is either trying to find hidden treasure to become even more rich, or he is guarding his wealth from villains who want to steal it all.
 
Why hasn't someone like Boom! Studios jumped on this yet? This would be a great kids adventure book! You essentially wouldn't have to change a thing from the original cartoon. The one thing I always feel kid's comics are missing now-a-days is adventure and a grandiose scale. That's all this book is. It's a lot of Indiana Jones type adventure with Disney characters many children know and love.
 
I know many of you are already a little ticked I didn't include Silverhawks. I was never a huge fan though. Over all of these previously mentioned cartoons, I'd like to see a revamp of the Thundercats series more than anything. In my opinion, it was the strongest cartoon of them all, and it still stands the test of time, and it would make a great comic with a strong creative team on it. what about you guys? What 80s cartoons would you like to see make it into comic book format and why?
 
 

~Mat "InferiorEgo" Elfring is a comedian, teacher, comic book writer, comic store employee, and huge 80s cartoon fan.~
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Posted by Jake Fury

Thundarr 
Thundarr 
Thundarr 
Thundarr 
 
and 
Thundarr.  
 
Posted by The_Warlord

They should so do a COPS comics

Posted by The_Martian

I think this is more 90's, but what about Biker Mice From Mars?

Posted by Thunderscream

Anybody remember Silverhawks? I know it was a Thundercats rip, but i loved it!

Posted by Shadowdoggy
@Thunderscream:
I LOVED Silverhawks 
it was a little more extreme than Tundercats 
GREAT villains, fast paced action, good animation (for the most part) 
I would read a SIlverhawks comic in a heartbeat
Posted by punisher1313

Someone needs to bring back Masters of the Universe comic!

Posted by Shadowdoggy
@Love:
Buttons McBoom Boom FTW!!!!! 
 
and also....MASK could use a serious redoing
Posted by xerox_kitty

Oooh, yeah!  Bravestarr!  I loved that when I was a kid... but I think it was more to do with the hardcore My Little Pony than the main character ;)

Edited by ComicMan24
 
Ahh...Memories.

   
 @Thunderscream:

I remember it. It was good. 
 
Posted by inferiorego
@Shadowdoggy said:
" @Love: Buttons McBoom Boom FTW!!!!!  and also....MASK could use a serious redoing "
MASK was almost put on the list, but after watching an episode a couple hours ago (yes, I watched episodes, or part of for these shows) I realized it was gi joe meets gobots
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Posted by Shadowdoggy
@inferiorego:
yeah, that's true 
it had potential though....and a KICK-ASS themesong !!!!
"Fighting crime....FIGHTING CRIME!"
Posted by Shadowdoggy
@xerox-kitty:
Tex Hex and 30/30 would look AMAZING on a big screen
comics would be cool too, though
Posted by Timm

thunder and bravestar are my top two. maybe Pirates of Dark Water.

Posted by SupremoMaximo

BIONIC SIX!!

Posted by Manchine

Bionic Six. 
 
  
  
Posted by Timm
@xerox-kitty said:
" Oooh, yeah!  Bravestarr!  I loved that when I was a kid... but I think it was more to do with the hardcore My Little Pony than the main character ;) "
AMG, he was not a PONY!
Posted by inferiorego
@SupremoMaximo said:

" BIONIC SIX!! "

@Manchine said:

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Bionic Six. 
 
  

   "
THANK YOU! One of my favorites! Best theme song ever!
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Edited by ComicMan24

I just remember another one. Saber Rider and the Star Sheriffs. I liked this one.
Posted by Shadowdoggy
@Manchine:
hell to the yes 
it was a total trainwreck at times, but I LOVED that show 
like all children of the 80's, all I ever wanted was to be a part of an interracial adopted familiy of bionic warriors in coordinating spandex costumes
Posted by Jake Fury

Where is the Thundarr love people???

Posted by Shadowdoggy
@Jake Fury:
Thundarr was the 70's I think 
but Ooklah the Makk needs a little love too, I agree
Posted by pixelized
@xerox-kitty said:
" My Little Pony  "
I'd read that comic
Posted by Shadowdoggy
@ComicMan24:
was that like the Galaxy Rangers? 
is there an 80's cartoon I dont' know about????????
Posted by danhimself

I loved the Wildstorm Thundercats mini The Return....such an awesome book

Posted by Black Lantern Mar-vell
@Jake Fury said:
"Thundarr Thundarr Thundarr Thundarr  and Thundarr.    "

OH HELL YEAH!!!  Thundarr the Barbarian, Ookla the Mock, and Princess Ariel.  That was my favorite cartoon.
Posted by ComicMan24
@Shadowdoggy:
Quite similar I guess. God I feel old.
Edited by Manchine

How about Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors 
   
   
Posted by Shadowdoggy
@Black Lantern Mar-vell:

I always loved the opening "The year: 1994, from out of space comes a runaway planet- hurtling between the Earth and the Moon.....unleashing cosmic destruction! "
Posted by Namor1987
@Thunderscream:  Thundercats & Silverhawks kicked @$$ wings of silver bird of steel SILVERHAWKS
Posted by ComicMan24
@Manchine:
I remember that. It's been years since I last heard about it
Posted by Caligula

Jonny Quest (hasn't had a comic since 96)
Space Ghost (not Space Ghost coast to Coast to Coast, but the origninal Space Ghost)
The Herculoids
Hong Kong Phooey
The Mighty Mightor
The Perils of Penelope Pitstop

Posted by geraldthesloth

Centurions!

Posted by Manchine

Don't forget Defenders of The Earth. 
 
  
  
Edited by Manchine
@ComicMan24 said:

"@Manchine: I remember that. It's been years since I last heard about it "


Which one LOL! 
 
This would be a great comic. 
 
  
  
Posted by ComicMan24
@Manchine:
Jayce and the Wheeled Warriors.
Posted by Shadowdoggy

what no love for the VISIONARIES????? 
 
  
  
Posted by ComicMan24

Dungeons and Dragons was awesome.
Posted by xybernauts
@inferiorego said: 

@SupremoMaximo said: 

" BIONIC SIX!! "

@Manchine said: 


Bionic Six. 

THANK YOU! One of my favorites! Best theme song ever! "
QFT 
 
They seemed to be partially based on the X-Men and obviously the Million Dollar Man.     
 
How about The Real Ghostbusters. They did try a cartoon back in the 90's that wasn't as good as well as a recent video game that I never got into.
Edited by Bossjugg

how about Inspector Gadget??
 

Posted by Namor1987
@Shadowdoggy said:

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what no love for the VISIONARIES????? 
 
  

   "
loved that show I used to have some their figures
Posted by Shadowdoggy
@ComicMan24:
hellllllll yes it was 
I lOVED that show 
"Ranger, barbarian, magician, theif, cavalier and acrobat"
Posted by Namor1987

King Arthur & The Knights of Justice was ill too. I remember the game for Super Nintendo

Posted by Shadowdoggy
@Namor1987:
me too! 
back when 3D holograms were all the rage
Posted by Caligula
@xybernauts: the Ghostbusters have a comic (several in fact, and one fairly recently in 2009)
Posted by ComicMan24
@Shadowdoggy:
The are so many. Every five minutes I remember another one. Was Dinosaucers in the 80s?
Posted by BlaqueSaber
  • Robotech
  • The New Adventures of Johny Quest
  • Pole Position
I'd love to see any of these remade as well as the all ready mentioned C.O.P.S. and THUNDARR the BARBARIAN !
Posted by Shadowdoggy
@ComicMan24:
Oh yes it was..... 
"SECRET SCOUTS RING.....POWER UP!!!!"
Posted by kidlippy

How about Dungeons and Dragons. Just make the characters more modern of course. Still have the young 8 year old boy (or whatever) with his lamb (or whatever). I miss that cartoon.
 
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mfif5DiGMYc

Posted by Cosmic Sentinel

 There are a bunch of 80s cartoons I'd love to see redone. While you would have to remove some of the goofier elements of some of them, I don't think you necessarily want to make them darker or more violent. There was an article over at the Escapist about that a few weeks back that makes the point that when you do that, you lose the fun and some of the essence of what made us love these characters in the first place.    

Posted by AmazingSpiderMike

You what 80's cartoon could also work that really a lot of people forgot about. How about the bionic six? Now granted it was pretty cheesey, but weren't all 80' s cartoons?
 
This could work, hey it worked for the Fantastic Four, why not add two more into the group?

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