Saturday Morning Cartoons: ABC in 1979

I guess I was an ABC watcher that year, probably because they led off with Super-Friends. Plastic Man? I definitely watched that, Mightyman and Yukk too (the dog was so ugly, his face would literally curdle milk and things). I have fewer memories of Rickety Rocket, so I either changed the channel conflate in my mind with that sentient dune buggy show. Fangface, like two other ABC cartoon stars, got a baby. Fangpuss, Baby Plas and Scrappy Doo... What a strange trend. (Or did Baby Plas only show up the next year? Confirmed, he did. Based on Scrappy's overwhelming success, I guess.) And of course, Spider-Woman. I met Jessica Drew through this animated series and it remains my greatest exposure to the character. I even remember watching American Bandstand.

Yep, I was an 8-year-old ABC kid.


Timothy S. Brannan said...

I don't remember the Spider-Woman show at all. The rest, yeah I saw them, but I can't believe I never knew there was a Spider-Woman cartoon. I might have to look that up.

Unknown said...

Sweet! I don't remember Rickety Rocket. But the rest were a Saturday ritual wit me. Thanks for the memories!

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Jeff R. said...

I'm in the same position as Timothy: watched all of the others, no memory of a Spider-Woman cartoon at all. My guess is that that's where we took a break for breakfast.

Bill D. said...

I must have only watched the Plastic Man segments, because I have no memory at all of Mighty Man & Yukk or Rickety Rocket. I think I might half-remember Fangpuss, but that might only be because I know I watched Fangface and really liked it at the time, so maybe I'm just thinking of that.

I watched Spider-Woman a bunch, though I barely remember any of them now. It was always exciting when Spider-Man would guest-star, though.

Siskoid said...

My strongest memory of Spider-Woman is the silk that would come out of her fingertips, drawn in white rather than black, and that creepy spider bite sequence that was in the opening credits.

Servo said...

This was the era when Ruby-Spears animation was really in tight with ABC, as I recall. I think of those shows, maybe only Scooby-Doo and Super Friends wasn't one of their creations.

The Spider-Woman cartoon wasn't too bad, although you would never guess it was the same character as Marvel's comic books - which was going through a Steve Englehart "weirdness" phase. Really was confusing as a kid to have that lack of continuity between the two media.

Random trivia: The voice of Mighty Man was actually Peter Cullen - pre-Optimus Prime.


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