Sunday, June 19, 2016

Saturday School: The Hero High kids in He Sinks Starships (1981)

Most schools are out for the summer. Some high schools are wrapping up exams before protracted commencement rehearsals. For example, my alma mater, Troy High, will have their graduation day next Sunday, and will have rehearsals starting on, I believe, Thursday.

So let's take a trip back in time to 1981 and Hero High. The students are called upon to stop an alien menace in "He Sinks Starships".

If I didn't know any better, I'd think Misty Magic's design was later reused for another project. Misty (Jerelyn Fields, ex-Curiosity Shop) might've been a more human prototype for He-Man's pal, Orko, who came along on television 2 years later. They both mean well, but their spells don't always work.

No rating. Didn't see this one the first time around.


Goldstar said...

"Hero High" aired as the added attraction on "The Kids' Super Power Hour with Shazam!"produced by Filmation. "Hero High" was originally planned as a vehicle for Archie and the Riverdale gang as capes, but Filmation's rights to the Archie characters expired while the series was in pre-production, so the animators had to scramble to remake the cast into original characters. However, one can definitely see traces of HH's Archie roots, with there being an Archie character, a Betty character, a Reggie character, etc.

hobbyfan said...

Aye, 'tis true, but I had thought the rights had expired well before then, after the failure of Archie & Sabrina in a hour block on the same network (NBC) 4 years earlier. About a month into the season, the "Archie-Sabrina Hour" was split into half-hours, "Super Witch" (Sabrina) and "Bang Shang Lallapalooza Show" (Archie), then cancelled six months later.

I have previously discussed that in other threads. 35 years later, Archie Comics is dismissing the "Superteens" as a figment of Jughead's imagination. Go figure.